Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert | spoiler-free book review + movie review

Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.

When the novel was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story notorious. After Flaubert’s acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert’s masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history. 

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This year I want to read “the best books out there” and of course Madame Bovary of Gustave Flaubert was one of them. A masterpiece in her age. I like it but it had too much description for my taste. Nonetheless it was a great read.

Emma is a dreamer, a woman who loves romance and lives for it. She reads a lot of romance novels and starts to believe that books are written after real life which sadly doesn’t go that way most of the time. Romance and men in general are not sinonims and poor Emma will learn that when she marries Doctor Bovary. Although a young man he isn’t the gentleman she dreams of. He is a simple man with a simple mind that believes that a wife should be happy just to see him home at night, to cook for him and his ideal night is standing near the fireplace just comtemplating life. Emma on the other hand wants to travel, to grow, to read, to think and to live the most amazing life there is out there somewhere. She wants a man who reads and wants more from life and dr. Bovary is clearly not the guy she wants to end up with so in the end she becomes more and more annoyed with her life.

But her luck changes a little bit when she meets Leon, a young man who speaks poetry, who lives for the most exquisite books out there, a man who loves music, a man who travels the world and a man of her taste.

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The book was wonderful, too much description for my taste again but I couldn’t stop there so I’ve watched the movie and gosh it made it even better.

If you are a hopeless romantic like myself and love love, than the book and the movie are especially for you. Adultery comes into place but what is better than a man who speaks his love for you in a hot summer night, in a beautiful garden under the silver moon? Of course it’s tragic.

 

 

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