Madame Bovary

  • by Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emma Bovary is not content to be the mere dutiful wife of a French country doctor. She yearns for excitement and a sense of romance that pulls at her so strongly she is powerless to resist, even though pursuing her dreams will exact a terrible price. Learn why Gustave Flaubert's compelling heroine has enchanted and puzzled readers for centuries.

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Tragic love story

This story of tragic love loses none of its power no matter how many times I hear it.
Madam Bovary is one of histories saddest victims of men's wickedness.
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- Mr R Weblin

The road to Rouen

Published in 1857, Emma Bovary remains the modern woman and the contemporary parallels are particularly striking when compared against the striking lack of a current novel with similar insight. The bounds of Realism are established and stretched; Emma is a troubled and troubling individual the equal of whom has only been seen in Edith Wharton?s Lily Bart. Classic European literature, visiting on the reader the personal corruption and moral high ground from which we have not yet been delivered in these times of consumer fetish and credit crunch.
With Revolutionary Road in hand, it is also an opportunity to review the state of marriage in literature ? the totally abashed Charles Bovary a peerless portrait in ruin.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books