Book Review:
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Title: Madame Bovary
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Translated by: Eleanor Marx-Aveling (original language: French)
Published: 1857
Language: English
Pages: 320
Rating: 3/5

Emma, a doctor's wife, is bored with her provincial life and escapes it by living beyond her means and having multiple affairs.

This was a pretty good book. As you may be aware, romance is not my favourite genre, and I am therefore a bit harsh when it comes to love stories when I actually read them because I often find them dull.

I found the writing in this book to be marvellous. I loved the descriptions of both places and people. I thought the characters were mostly fascinating, and I enjoyed the main characters of Emma and Charles Bovary to be the most interesting, as well as their relationship. I found the description of Emmas feelings to be very vivid; boredom, happiness, sadness, anger, longing and so on.

I was, however, a bit bored during parts of this. I cant really pinpoint why, but I think it has something to do with the fact that I was i didn't feel a deep connection to any of the characters. And as mentioned, love stories do sometimes bore me.

Madame Bovary was an enjoyable read though, and I would recommend it if you enjoy romance classics.

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Also, the endpapers of these books are always gorgeous...



  1. Wow, this is a gorgeous edition! I read it a few summers ago and quite liked it but I think I'll probably re-read it at some point in my life.

  2. That edition is absolutely beautiful! And that inside print- SO GOOD. I've never read anything by Flaubert, but I want to expand my range of classics this summer so perhaps I'll pick this one up and give it a go. Great review!

    1. Thanks! I know, the endpapers of these books are stunning. They were half the reason I picked this edition over the others :)


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