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.