Madame Bovary: 150th Anniversary

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Written By: Gustave Flaubert

Narrated By: Claire Bloom

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2008

Duration: 2 hours 53 minutes

Summary:

For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today about Flaubert's devastatingly realized tale of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of her romantic dreams is its pure artistry: the poise of its narrative structure, the opulence of its prose (marvelously captured in the English translation of Francis Steegmuller), and its creation of a world whose minor figures are as vital as its doomed heroine. In reading Madame Bovary, one experiences a work that remains genuinely revolutionary almost a century and a half after its creation.

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  • Kevin Barrett

    Juliet Stevenson brings the text to life. The book is long so a good audio book version is super important. With the free Librivox versions it's very hit and miss !

  • Anonymous

    This beautiful book was cut back so drastically, it lost too much. A waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    I realize this is considered one of the best books ever, but I just could not get into it. I only lasted about 30 minutes and dropped it.

  • DY

    For what is supposed to be one of France's most meaningful novel, I was not exceedingly impressed. I assume that the popularity of this work was based more upon the time of its publication. Ushering in a new period of thought, the people of France were moving away from romantic novels that "took them away" from the worries of life, and Flaubert's appeal may have been it "realism" and accurate description of what life was actually like with its hardships, etc. Much of the novel was a depressing story and an unhappy ending. I did enjoy a concurrent study of the author's life, which helped to explain his treatment of women in the novel and direction the book went. Still, recommended. I would be interested in finding other novel of French background that are "classic works".

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