Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Feb 21

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

This classic by Gustave Flaubert is one of the most well written books that I have ever read. Also, I absolutely hated this story. In short, the title character is a giant a$#hole. Emma Bovary gives all women a bad name. She is ten kinds of gorgeous; there is no shortage of men flocking to her based on her looks and her intellect. Instead of focusing on her husband, the hard working doctor, she becomes bored and whiney. She then spends money she never earned on things she doesn’t need. Emma is distracted by her own child for about one hot minute before deeming the child “ugly” and  then proceeds to virtually discard her into the care of others. Losing herself in romantic novels, she also decides it is a great idea to cheat on the husband who loves her more than anything.

Tragedy finally befalls Madame Bovary, and there was some major cheering on my end. I am glad I read this novel, as the writing itself was magical. I won’t be reading it again, as I am not a fan of feeling disgusted for over 300 pages.


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