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April Book club - Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

  • Apr 9, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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This month's book is ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustave Flaubert. The discussion will be chaired by Emma S who has been good enough to offer to chair this month (Phil  has kindly emailed over some questions as this was his nomination).

As we had such a close vote, we also discussed the idea of reading "Siddartha" nominated by Mala, as it is only 152 pages long, and this month's book club bridges Easter, this is an optional extra read

Also - at the April meetup - make sure you keep a little space for dessert ! Mala & Emma B have generously offered to bring a few cakes to celebrate both their birthdays.  yum!

As always, we’ll meet from 7:30 onwards and then move upstairs to start the discussion at 8pm.

The other 2 nominations that got a similar level of interest were "Cutting For Stone" nominated by Fran and "Life of Pi" nominated by Emma. Have a look at either of those to considers for April and if you have a nomination be sure to bring it along.

Alternatively, send your nominations to the Mailing List : [masked] with a brief overview and why you think it would make a good book for us to discuss.

When you nominate the book you will then be invited to chair the meeting (very informal) .... or provide some questions that we can use to get the discussion going.


Madame Bovary (1856) is Gustave Flaubert's first published novel and is considered by many critics to be a masterpiece. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the precise word").

Siddartha : “The cool and strangely simple story makes a beautiful little book, classic in proportion and style; it should be read slowly and with savour, preferably during the lonely hours of the night.”

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  • Mala M.

    Very interesting discussion, lots of different perspectives and has made me want to finish reading it to the end! Thank you Emma Stewart for hosting and Emma Baker for your lovely cake!

    April 9, 2013

  • Nick

    Apologies. I haven't read the books. I did watch Madame Bovary on subtitled DVD, but that's cheating. Enjoy.

    April 9, 2013

  • Mala M.

    Just made a lemon drizzle cake to share with you all at tomorrow's book club meeting! Looking forward to seeing you all and discussing Madam Bovary! :-) x

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Claire

    Hi all ... I have a favour to ask!! Who would like to host book club this coming Tuesday? I am currently having a few days off work for holiday and decorating and realising i may want more time to complete everything, so i won't be at book club next Tuesday. I can confirm the and would be really grateful if someone would step in for me? Thanks all. x

    April 3, 2013

    • Emma S.

      Hi Claire, I'm happy to host if you like. I will check out upcoming events to mention, collect money (how shall I get it to you?) and do nominations for next month. Anything else I should do?

      April 5, 2013

    • Claire

      Thanks Emma, reception is terrible here so only can see this sporadically. Thank you that sounds perfect. I'll send you a message x

      April 7, 2013

  • Fran

    Had a bit of a disaster with this book- all my own fault. Got it from the library and was reading it thinking it was incredibly short at 90 pages and the language was surprisingly simple. Got to the end, read the back and realised it was in fact a simplified version for Penguin! Yes, I'm an idiot. There's no time for me to read the proper one now and haven't got hold of the other nominated book so will have to miss this one!

    April 6, 2013

  • phil t.

    Thanks Emma for stepping in.

    April 6, 2013

  • phil t.

    I am really sorry,but having nominated this book I now cannot attend the meeting.To go some way to making amends I have sent a list of questions and discussion points to Claire .They can also be obtained by emailing me - [masked]

    April 6, 2013

  • Francesca

    Sorry, I haven't had chance to get into the book in order to enable me to contribute enough. Have a great discussion xx

    April 5, 2013

  • Claire

    Unable to make it this month, room booked as usual. Thanks

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot attend this week as childcare is an issue. Apologies.

    April 2, 2013

  • Leigh

    Just realised I'm travelling back from Scotland that day. Oops

    April 1, 2013

  • Rachel H.

    Just realised I ll be in Cuba for this one - hope to meet up in may!

    March 13, 2013

  • Rachel H.

    Sorry I haven't made it to a meeting yet- but I have read all the books since Norwegian wood and have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of styles. Thanks for choosing some great books!

    March 13, 2013

  • Savita Puni L.

    hope i can make it....

    March 13, 2013

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