The Open Book – Warrawong Library’s bookclub

Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
This was a difficult book for our bookgroup. Several members found they could not finish it. Those who persevered found much to admire and at the same time much to dislike. Flaubert did not paint Emma as a character we could admire. It is a portrait of a bourgeois, provincial, narcissistic woman set in 19th century France. A tale of adultery, lust, and despair, with accurate portrayals of everyday life and scenes which stay with you long after you have finished reading the book.
Some loved the scene in the cab , others the discourse between the priest and the apothecary., all found much to admire in the book but the light shone too harshly on the characters for most to be comfortable with it.
A well written, thought provoking read .
11 members rated from 4-8 giving Madame Bovary a 6 on average

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