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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

When Emma Rouault marries dull, provincial doctor Charles Bovary, her dreams of an elegant and passionate life crumble. She escapes into sentimental novels but finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her days. Motherhood proves to be a burden; religion is only a brief distraction. She spends lavishly and embarks on a series of disappointing affairs. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic action with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter.

When published in 1857, Madame Bovary was embraced by bourgeois women who claimed it spoke to the frustrations of their lives.

Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.

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  • Noelle M.

    That was a great discussion! So glad to have found this group.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • lenore s.

    Some of the members comments about Bovary were really satisfying to hear. I like this group and its diversity.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Michelle C.

    I enjoyed the lively discussion.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Elena

    Great discussion! Enjoyed hearing everyone's thoughts about the book.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Janet K.

    I really enjoyed the discussion today - it was so lively and everyone had such a different reaction to the book. Very interesting! I'm picking up City of God at the library tomorrow so I can get a good start on it and be prepared for next month's meeting. See you then.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • susanlwoodard

    Wish I could be there but it's my grandson's birthday! Have fun!

    February 14, 2014

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