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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (78,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustave Flaubert Narrator: Claire Bloom Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation; and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace through his stubborn and selfless love. With its rare formal perfection, Madame Bovary represents, as Frank O’Connor has declared, “possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed; undoubtedly the most beautifully written novel—a book that invites superlatives—the most important novel of the century.”

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Teddy | 2/19/2014

    " I understand this is, and should be, one of the all time classics that everyone should read, but in terms of enjoyment I didn't get much from this book. It was well structured, well written, and leaps and bounds ahead of its time, but when I finished the last page I found I did not like ANY of the characters! I had very little sympathy for any of them and frankly it left me a little depressed. I'd prefer to spend my time on a much happier book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Yaso | 2/19/2014

    " It is a very gloomy and heavy book. I finished it very difficultly and I didn't want to remember any of the events that happened in the book later. Don't recommend it . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grazi | 2/18/2014

    " Madame Bovary is a novel drenched in ruin. Contentment is only glimpsed, never fully grasped. The main character carries a deep resentment at the impossibility of equalling men, which blended with a capricious nature leads to a journey tainted with false hopes and bitter outcomes. Predatory human nature gorges on the weaknesses of the most vulnerable. Fatalism is rampant - targeted characters are inevitably set on the path of destruction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy Fowler | 2/18/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. Emma Bovary was just annoying. I understand that she had a boring husband, but her insistence on making her romantic fantasies real was completely narcissistic and unnecessary. On the other hand, Flaubert's language was brilliant, descriptive, and insightful. "

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