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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustave Flaubert, Wanda McCaddon Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the acknowledged masterpieces of nineteenth-century realism, Madame Bovary is revered by writers and readers around the world, a mandatory stop on any pilgrimage through modern literature. Gustave Flaubert’s legendary style, his intense care over the selection of words and the shaping of sentences, and his unmatched ability to convey a mental world through the careful selection of telling details shine throughout this marvelous work.

Madame Bovary scandalized audiences when it was first published in 1857. And the story itself remains as fresh today as when it was first written, a work that remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society. It tells the tragic story of the romantic but empty-headed Emma Rouault. When Emma marries Charles Bovary, she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women’s magazines. But Charles is an ordinary country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, Rodolphe, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair. And Flaubert captures every step of this catastrophe with sharp-eyed detail and a wonderfully subtle understanding of human emotions.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joel | 2/19/2014

    " Amazing novel! Very keen psychological insight that's just as relevant today as it was when written over 160 years ago. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mahita Vas | 2/17/2014

    " Beautifully written/translated but the story itself bored me. Madame Bovary is rather irritating and unlikeable. I just could note get into the story but finished it because the writing was that good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dot | 2/15/2014

    " Beautifully written sad story--with a central character that I wanted to shake into reality numerous times. I can see why this novel was considered to be shocking, not just because of the adultery but because of the dim view of the church articulated by some characters. I'm so glad that I read this because of the gorgeous descriptive passages and the view of life in provincial France at that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/14/2014

    " It was a decent book and I can understand why it was scandalous in its time but it was difficult making myself read it. What a whiner Emma was. I wanted to strangle her myself. "

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