What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright...Haven't you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you've had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?
At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon. She did not know what this chance would be, what wind would bring it her, towards what shore it would drive her, if it would be a shallop or a three-decker, laden with anguish or full of bliss to the portholes.
Book #88: The first thing I noticed while reading Madame Bovary was how well is flowed. One idea flowed into another, most of it without a break or pause. Seemingly unconnected thoughts were put together seamlessly in a string of narrative that I could only hope to replicate. I loved reading this book, especially after The Canterbury Tales...
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“L‘amore, pensava, doveva sopravvenire all‘improvviso, con gran lampi e folgorazioni: -uragano dei cieli che cade sulla vita, la sconvolge, strappa via le volontà come foglie e trascina nell‘abisso l‘intiero cuore. Non sapeva che, sulle terrazze delle case, la pioggia forma dei laghi allorché le grondaie sono ostruite, e sarebbe rimasta cosí, in piena sicurezza, quando ad un tratto scoperse una crepa nel muro.”
Emma. Born with wild longings. Bored with the provincial life when she married the good (dull) country doctor, she pursues scandalous affairs. Wish I could tell poor Charles Bovary #dontmarryher but too late, the lives of everyone around her are endangered.
(Still from the 1991 movie adaptation starring Isabelle Huppert as Emma Bovary)
I have such a blind spot when it comes to trench literature so I‘m really glad I fitted this one in! It was amazing! I wasn‘t prepared for how psychologically real Emma was, I felt like I knew her more than I‘ve pretty much ever known a fictional character. Such beautiful language, and very well read. This is like the absolute best of C19 fiction up there with the Brontes and the best Hardy
Emma Bovary had a great desire for a more sophisticated and passionate life, often falling into boredom. She was unsatisfied with her dull marriage and life in the country. She was just waiting and hoping something exciting to happen to her and save her from her mundane life.
I decided just to read ahead and finish my Serial read for this month today... mainly because I wanted it to be over.
Really excellent writing, I can appreciate the commentary on provincial life in France at this time, and I can absolutely see why it was so scandalous at the time it was first published.
Even so, I was mostly bored or irritated with Emma and her complete disregard for everything but her own desires. 🤷🏻♀️
Day 7: Roses
The first rose I could think of was the one on the cover of this book that I remember loving when I read it in high school.
Emma Bovary is a character as complex as a rose: a delicate and beautiful flower with so many thorns that represent to me both strenght and fragility.
A wonderful reading.
“Has it ever happened to you,” Leon went on, “to come across some vague idea of one‘s own in a book, some dim image that comes back to you from afar, and as the completest expression of your own slightest sentiment?”
This is much more than just a story of an unhappy marriage. It‘s a very good, timeless story of a woman who craves romance and wealth based on the novels she reads. Unsatisfied and restless with her dreary married life in a provincial town, she seeks passion in adulterous affairs and lives a lifestyle beyond what she can afford. Poor Emma. I don‘t have tears for her, as she causes disgrace and ruin to the whole family 👇
💜 True 💜
"Your head empties of everything else," he went on. "Whole hours go by. Without moving you wander through lands that you imagine you can actually see, and entwined with the story your mind gets involved with the detailed descriptions, or follows the twists and turns of adventures. It mingles with the characters; it seems as if it is your own heart that beats beneath their clothes."
"Before she got married she had believed she was in love. But when the happiness that should have come from this love didn't materialize, she thought she had made a mistake. And so Emma tried to understand exactly what was meant in real life by the words bliss, passion and rapture, which had always sounded so beautiful in books."
this book makes me so sad or happy ❤️ i love this book
I absolutely adore this new collection of European classics ?
I think I might get "Madame Bovary", as I've been wanting to read it for a long time.
There are many things that I could say about this book. Emma infuriated and annoyed me, but she was also fascinating to me. There are many layers to this story. Along with the social, political, and sexual elements, Flaubert‘s satirical portrayal of the upper class is thought-provoking in several ways. Overall, this was quite a captivating book.
When Peach was a thing, I used it for posting #BookHate.
“I'm sick and cranky so here's some book hate for Madame Bovary. Your ennui is so effing boring that by the time you become interesting I couldn't care less. I'm out of tissue, I want to crawl into my bottle of nighttime cold relief, and I haven't had solid food in days. Send that doc of yours my way.” -me, 2 years ago sometime
The basic plot of Madame Bovary could be molded into either a romantic tragedy or cautionary mortality tale, but Flaubert finds a third path in chronicling the title character's belated realization that romantic love is destined to fade. The characters are all vividly brought to life, from the passionate Emma Bovary to her pathetic husband, to the comic relief in the know-it-all chemist Homais, or the rakish Rodolphe. A classic for a reason!
Love, she thought, must come suddenly, with great outbursts and lightnings-a hurricane of the skies, which falls upon life, revolutionizes it, roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into abyss.
I bought Madame Bovary for $2 at a used bookstore on vacation and I‘ve never been so happy with an impulse purchase. This was the most fulfilling romance novel I‘ve read since Anna Karenina; Flaubert articulates every characters‘ point of view so well it‘s hard not to empathize with them all.