Probably the kind of book I should have read in High School...french setting (french words throughout that I had no idea of their meaning). I found it very boring....was reading it for a library series. Flaubert wrote of the social structure (moving up in such). I could have cheered at the end, to have it done with.
I just read Madame Bovary for the first time and really liked it. The story is about Emma Bovary who marries young and despises her husband. This leads to her having a couple affairs while her husband is still in love with her. Overall nothing seems to make Emma happy and at times she could be very irritating. The first half of the book was pretty slow going for me but the second half moved alot faster. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classics. Overall the story may have been slow but it was def. worth the read in my opinion.
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 stupidity. Provocative and deeply tragic, it is "possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed" (Frank O'Connor).