Drop Cap #6
On Sale: November 28, 2012
Featuring: Madame Bovary
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Literature and Fiction Classics
F is for Flaubert. Emma Bovary is the original
desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she is married to
the provincial doctor Charles Bovary yet harbors dreams of
an elegant and passionate life. Escaping into sentimental
novels, she finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her
days. Motherhood proves to be a burden; religion is only a
brief distraction. In an effort to make her life everything
she believes it should be, she spends lavishly on clothes
and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs.
Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic
action with tragic consequences for her husband and
When published in 1857, Madame Bovary was
deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the
model for its heroine. Today the novel is considered the
first masterpiece of realist fiction.
In this landmark translation of Flaubertâ€™s masterwork, Lydia
Davis honors the nuances and particulars of a style that has
long beguiled readers of French, giving new life in English
to the book that redefined the novel as an art form.
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