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Madame Bovary - March Meetup (Silver Spring)

PLEASE NOTE: 7:15 is the new start time at our new venue, Pete's.  If more than 12 people show up to the Meetup, we will break into two groups and I will ask for a volunteer to moderate the second group.


Our book for March is the classic of French literature, Madam Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert.  There is brand new translation that just came out in September, which is in hardback only.  Earlier translations can be found on the Internet for free to download into your eBook reader.  Group members can choose any edition they wish to read.

Madame Bovary is the story of a doctor's wife 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 the novel was first serialized in 1856 it was attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors. The resulting trial, held in 1857, made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal, Madame Bovary became a bestseller when it was published as a single volume.  Flaubert's masterpiece is now considered a seminal work of realism and 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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  • Keith R. B.

    Interesting discussion and excellent way to meet new people.

    March 21, 2014

  • Jackie J.

    Read the book at least twice..English major :), but has been while since last time, so perhaps I'll make it to the movie meetup, but already checking out next book!

    March 18, 2014

  • Brandon A.

    I'm a maybe. Between my hand and the weather, I may have to get caught up at work.

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    When I became an empty-nester. I had two goals: 1) get out and meet other people who loved books, and 2) finish my book. In the last couple of months, the later goal has taken over my life. Once the book hullabaloo calms down, I'll be back to reading and attending book clubs.

    In the meantime, if any of you are interested, my book launch it is on Sunday, March 9th. More information is available at (on the right top hand side of the first page).

    I look forward to seeing you soon.


    March 2, 2014

  • bonnie n.

    A peerless novel Great for discussion!

    February 17, 2014

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