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'Oh why dear God did I marry him'Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life An ardent devourer of sentimental novels she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance in voracious spending and eventually in a. This is one of the books that has had a profound effect on my life The moral Be happy with what you have and where you are Mme Bovary fritters away her entire life with thoughts of If only X would happen THEN I could be truly happy and yet she never is She gets everything she thinks she wants only to find out she s still not contentI read this while I was engaged and at the time thought Well I ll be happier when I m married but once I am then life will be fabulous After a few years I found myself playing the same role as Mme Bovary Once I can get pregnant and have kids then I ll be happy Once I m not pregnant and sick any THEN I can be happy Once we get out of this apartment and into our house then I will surely be happy Once the baby starts sleeping through the night I can definitely be happy Once the baby is out of diapersetc etc ad nauseumliterallyI want to be content with my circumstances whatever they may be and Mme Bovary is a reminder of what happens to those who are unable to find contentment in the journey and are continually seeking yet another unsatisfying destination

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Madame Bovary

Dultery But even her affairs bring her disappointment and when real life continues to fail to live up to her romantic expectations the conseuences are devastating Flaubert's erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of Emma Bovary caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857 It was deemed so. 886 Madame Bovary Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert published in 1856 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 One day Charles visits a local farm to set the owner s broken leg and meets his patient s daughter Emma Rouault Emma is a beautiful daintily dressed young woman who has received a good education in a convent She has a powerful yearning for luxury and romance inspired by reading popular novels Charles is immediately attracted to her and visits his patient far often than necessary until Heloise s jealousy puts a stop to the visits When Heloise unexpectedly dies Charles waits a decent interval before courting Emma in earnest Her father gives his consent and Emma and Charles marry The novel s focus shifts to Emma Charles means well but is plodding and clumsy After he and Emma attend an elegant ball given by the Maruis d Andervilliers Emma finds her married life dull and becomes listless Charles decides his wife needs a change of scenery and moves his practice to the larger market town of Yonville traditionally identified with the town of Ry There Emma gives birth to a daughter Berthe but motherhood proves a disappointment to Emma She becomes infatuated with an intelligent young man she meets in Yonville a young law student L on Dupuis who shares her appreciation for literature and music and returns her esteem Concerned with maintaining her self image as a devoted wife and mother Emma does not acknowledge her passion for L on and conceals her contempt for Charles drawing comfort from the thought of her virtue L on despairs of gaining Emma s affection and departs to study in Paris 1982 1341 386 1357 1362 366 1369 1380 648 9644530055 1381 1386 19 1395 392 9789640016985 1388 726 9786005541533 1394 444 9786001062957 1395 432 97860083940389 1396 440 9786007241691 21061399

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Lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted 'Madame Bovary c'est moi'This modern translation by Flaubert's biographer Geoffrey Wall retains all the delicacy and precision of the French original The edition also contains a preface by the novelist Michèle Roberts. Since I read uicksand by Nella Larsen this week Emma Bovary started haunting my mind yet again We are old friends Emma and II spent hours and hours over a dictionary at age seventeen in high school trying to read about her agonies in original French with only the Isabelle Huppert film as a guidance In fact I actually think I owe it to Emma Bovary that I finally made it over the threshold to understand written French That ultimately led me to university studies in French literature and a lifelong love for French writers In a way I could argue that Emma introduced me to Diderot and Voltaire I guessBut she did so much for me as well She awakened in me a sense that the world holds different options for women and men and that women s dreams are dangerous detrimental and slightly sentimental and ridiculous She made me socially politically angry for the first time I know there are thousands of erudite studies showing all the weaknesses of Emma Bovary but from the start I could not would not see her that way I was with her when she danced in the ballroom and I wished the party would never end I hated the conventional goodness of Charles and understood Emma s frustration with him better than his frustration with her After all she had ideas dreams longings and he had routine reputation and boredomI rejoiced that she dared to do what men have always always allowed themselves to do enjoy a sexual life of her own choice She knew she would pay a much higher price than any man ever would for that freedom I loved the fact that she embraced life in its passion and pain and I suffered through the horrifying pages of her brutal final agony with the feeling that I would not have wanted her to say no to one single piece of experience in exchange for a better end living according to her husband s standards would have been death over and over without endI am fully aware that this is not a moral reading or interpretation of the novel and I don t encourage or follow her choices in real life but I loved Emma Bovary s daring rebellion without limits when I was young and it has never actually changed Whenever I remember my encounter with Emma the first thought invariably is Go girl Do what you wantTo close the circle reading Larsen s uicksand made me think of Emma because the character Helga Crane not fully belonging anywhere and drifting from one place to the next never really lives her dreams fully She always pulls out runs away hides from too strong emotions and in the end she resigns herself to rural life with a preacher she hates and multiple pregnancies to bind her to the hopeless boredom and tedium Reading about Helga I found myself thinking again with fondness of Madame Bovary Go girl Do what you want


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  1. says:

    This is one of the books that has had a profound effect on my life The moral? Be happy with what you have and where you are Mme Bovary fritters away her entire life with thoughts of If only X would happen THEN I could be truly happy and yet she never is She gets everything she thinks she wants only to find out she's still not contentI read

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    Oy the tedium the drudgery of trying to read this book I tried to get into this story Really I did It's a classic right? And everyone else likes it I kept making myself continue hoping I could get into the story and figure out what's supposed to be so good about itI won't waste any of my precious reading time on this It

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    ”Before her marriage she had believed that what she was experiencing was love; but since the happiness that should have resulted from that love had not come she thought she must have been mistaken And Emma tried to find out just what was meant in life by the words bliss passion and intoxication which had seemed so beautiful to her in books” Mia Wasikowska plays Madame Bovary in the 2015 movieBefore she is Madame Bovary Emma

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    886 Madame Bovary Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert published in 1856 The story focuses on a doctor's wife Emma Bovary who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means

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    Three and a half stars uprated to 5 stars because I can't get it out of my head 9 April 2012Not sure what to make of it The self obsessed Emma Bovary was obviously to me a side of Flaubert himself She feels that there is so much but her limited

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    My 3rd reading of this masterpiece written with irony and finesse The eternal story of Emma Bovary and her broken dreams is heartbreaking every timeThe narration is actually uite modern in that the perspective changes uite often from a mysterious first person in the beginning a schoolmate of Charles Bovary? to the inter

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    Before marriage she thought herself in love; but the happiness that should have followed this love not having come she must she thought have been mistaken And Emma tried to find out what one meant exactly in life by the words felicity passion rapture that had seemed to her so beautiful in books You might be surprised to learn that I was mesmerized by Emma’s life story I was mesmerized and suffered along with her as she capsized further a

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    Since I read uicksand by Nella Larsen this week Emma Bovary started haunting my mind yet again We are old friends Emma and II spent hours and hours over a dictionary at age seventeen in high school trying to read about her agonies in original French with only the Isabelle Huppert film as a guidance In fact I actually think I owe it to Emma Bovary that I finally made it over the threshold to understand written French That ultima

  9. says:

    Henry James once said Madame Bovary has a perfection that not only stamps it but that makes it stand almost alone; it holds itself with such a supreme unapproachable assurance as both excites and defies judgmentThat's right Defies jud

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    Emma is a rather silly very passionate too much so bored uneducated to the reality of the real world young woman who believes in the