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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - Book Discussion

We'll be discussing one of the great European novels, a sensation in its day; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. This is the story of a woman caught between two worlds - one of the dull and stultifying country life that she leads with her husband, the other the world of high romance. Written with a detached irony and beautiful wit, playing on the audience's affection for its flawed heroine as well as showing up her foolishness, Gustave Flaubert's great work has gone down in the history of European literature. Full of hope and full of despair, the story of Emma Bovary's life is one that shocked the readers of its own day (resulting in a notorious literary trial) as well as resonating deeply with readers down to the present day.

N.B. Feel free to come to either book discussion, Christmas dinner or both.

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  • Maureen

    Hey Guys, I have a potential problem attending as my sister is having a tooth extracted in the morning and I'm going with her for a bit of moral support. If I can get to Loughton by 12 I'll come but if not I'll just be coming to the meal.

    December 5, 2013

  • Curious C.

    Hi, Sheila
    who didn't / couldn't bite their tongue ? ? ?
    (only teasing)
    12.00pm it is . . .

    November 22, 2013

  • Curious C.

    I've booked for the Xmas lunch.
    Not got the book yet . . . boo, hoo
    If I get it, and more importantly manage to read it (any translation at all !!),
    I'll check in, tick the box and come along to Costa Coffee.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Ruth

    The Oxford world classic translation by Margaret Mauldon has good reviews and you can pick yourself up a copy on eBay for a few pounds.

    November 8, 2013

  • Ruth

    Any suggestions as to which translation to read? I've heard Lydia Davis is one of the better translators.

    November 7, 2013

  • Maureen

    Hi Nicky, I checked out the free kindle version but the reviews were bad. However, as it's free it's worth a go!

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Kika

    It sounds interesting. Where is it exactly?

    November 5, 2013

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