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Madame Bovary (Version 2)

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In Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert paints a vivid and captivating portrait of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and consumed by her fantasies of romance and wealth. Set against the backdrop of provincial France in the 19th century, the novel follows Emma Bovary as she embarks on a series of affairs and extravagant spending in a futile attempt to escape her mundane existence.

Flaubert's prose is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into Emma's world and intricately exploring the complexities of her character. As Emma's life spirals out of control, the novel delves into themes of desire, disillusionment, and the destructive power of fantasy.

While some may find Emma's actions frustrating or selfish, Flaubert skillfully portrays her as a complex and flawed individual struggling to find fulfillment in a society that offers her limited opportunities for self-expression. The novel's tragic conclusion serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of living a life based on unrealistic expectations and societal pressures.

Overall, Madame Bovary is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today. Flaubert's keen observations of human nature and poetic prose make this novel a compelling and thought-provoking read.

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Written over a century and a half ago, Madame Bovary is still an extraordinarily fresh, exciting and shockingly frank novel, at once an acute psychological study of a woman drawn into adultery through circumstances we can partly understand, and a sharply-observed comedy that offers a fascinating glimpse of the social and cultural divisions running through French provincial society in the mid nineteenth century. This translation is by Eleanor Marx-Aveling, a prominent social activist and literary translator. She was the youngest daughter of Karl Marx.


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