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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert

22 ratings, 8 reviews

Published in book form in April 1857, the novel 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 notoriously perfectionist about his writing and claimed to always be searching for le mot juste (the right word). (Summary from Wikipedia).

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22 ratings, 8 reviews

Tricia Nord

March 23, 2014

An overlong story of a man deeply in love with his wife, who is less than happy. Never satisfied, her thoughts are written down as if coming from the head of the modern woman.


Elizabeth Harris

January 02, 2014

Some excellent readers and some very poor readers. Interesting observations of the times, good word usage and vocabulary. Emma is such a shallow twit this story actually grated on me and I wondered the point at times. If Emma were alive today she would be on ANTM for sure!


A Khan

October 01, 2013

Great classic, though at times details of surroundings by author are too lengthy. Is read by many narrators, some of the readers were not able to do good job and the quality of audio in few chapters is poor.


Maritza Gonzales

November 20, 2012



Helen Lanford

July 04, 2012

Beautiful story of a beautiful woman.


Kamelia Dorovski

May 28, 2012

Great book


Maddalena de Feo

May 23, 2012



Sherrie Hellickson

March 13, 2012

A classic must read.