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Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert
Edition statement:1st ed. Published by : Bantam Books Physical details: 419 ISBN: 0553213415 paperback. Subject(s): Classics Year: 1989
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Madam Bovary, dealing with the themes of love, marital discord, medical mistakes, narrative as method, sexuality, even suicide, was once condemned for its pointed telling of the protagonist’s immoral behavior. Emma Bovary is deluded by literature. Her drama is the gap between illusion and reality, the distance between desire and its fulfillment. Because she is in search of ecstasy and transcendence, she falls madly in love with a card, then with a coward, ignoring the plodding husband and child who both adore her. She is looking for a higher, more spiritual life than the one available to her as the wife of a bourgeois country doctor. But in this quest she finds only self-destruction.

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