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March Main Book Discussion, on St. Charles: MADAME BOVARY by Gustave Flaubert


Join us Saturday, March 15 at 11am at Krewe du Brew coffee house for a discussion of "MADAME BOVARY" by Gustave Flaubert [1856].

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About 400 pages. Used copies on amazon.com for a penny before shipping; free on Kindle. Available in all local bookstores and many library branches.

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For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at[masked] or at [masked].

Also invited: the New Orleans Book Club meetup group and the French Language meetup group.

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[wikipedia]

Madame Bovary (1856) is the French writer Gustave Flaubert's debut novel. 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").

When it was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, the novel was attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors. The resulting trial, held in January 1857, made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller when it was published as a single volume in April 1857. Flaubert's masterpiece is now considered a seminal work of Realismand one of the most influential novels ever written. In fact, the notable British-American critic James Wood writes in How Fiction Works: "Flaubert established for good or ill, what most readers think of as modern realist narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible".



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