Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

By Gustave Flaubert

  • Release Date: 1880-01-01
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 4
From 165 Ratings
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The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste.


  • Madame Bovary ruined everyone

    By jenny from plaza
    It starts with Charles Bovary but he soon is married to widow he doesn't love but had money his mother thought. Soon the widow dies and the first Madame Bovary was not as wealthy as he thought. Charles encounters his true love, Emma. Emma is happy to get away from her dull life with her dad and marries Charles, not for love. This union soon has Charles in love with Emma and Emma not so much. Emma has several affairs, Charles is gone all day he is a doctor. So Emma is left alone to spend money on clothes and furnishings. Between affairs and bills she gets in over head.
  • Love it

    By Boelevi
    Very interesting. I love it
  • Father of realism?

    By amu_chii
    Yeah this book was too realistic for me. It was so boring I only read it because I was forced to.
  • Hard to interpret

    By Mona Lynch
    I don’t think I really understood the Novel unitl part 3, and it broke my heart. Flaubert once said “Je suis Madame Bovary”. I still don’t understand why this is so. The book is so tragic, it makes you take a close look at the world around you. Definitly worth the read if you can get to part 3.
  • Madam Bovary Review

    By 🌸Jade🌸
    Very wordy novel. Tragic and slightly depressing. It's hard for me to understand how this became one of the great novels.