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Madame Bovary (Bantam Classics) Paperback – June 1, 1982
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Tip toeing up to a lover's room, running ceaselessly to an illusion, knowing that it will never be reality, but still feeling a glimmer of hope. No matter how crazy or shameful we think Bovary is, we have all been similar to her in some way being through our greed, our unrealistic dreams or pleasures or our disregard for human life, for human sentiment. This book is not all about feminine shame it is about the terrible human condition brought on my the misconstrucion of art, religion and politics. This is a must read for lover's of poetry, a simply good story or a literary critic.
The form of the book itself is very comfortable to hold and look through, Its words are well sized and formatted to the page and it all fits in very well.
Flaubert is a skilled writer and knows very clearly how to present a narrative and need metaphors. However he suffers from i'd like the call the "Tolkien syndrome." Like J.R. Tolkien, Gustave likes to fly off the handle and nearly derail the story with excessive detail of settings. Now this again is my opinion, but it seems to me that a great deal of his forms of description do less for building the world of the story and more for a verbal flood of images, though they are well crafted, they appear ultimately useless.
The story itself is full of good details and characters and is all well and good. At the end of the day, i'd recommend this book for people who were either fans of the authors work or of the genre of romantic period pieces.