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Madame Bovary By Gustave Flaubert (Download-PDF-Online Reading-Summary)


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Madame Bovary (full title in French: Madame Bovary, Mœurs de province) is the debut novel by French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond his means to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.
When the novel was serialized for the first time in La Revue de Paris between October 1, 1856, and December 15, 1856, prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story well known. After Flaubert's acquittal on February 7, 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history. British critic James Wood writes: "Flaubert established, for better or for worse, what most readers consider modern realistic narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible."
For daring to look into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its content with deep detachment, the author of Madame Bovary was judged for "offenses against morals and religion." What shocks us today about Flaubert's devastatingly accomplished story of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of her romantic dreams is her pure art: the balance of her narrative structure, the opulence of her prose (marvelously captured in Francis's English translation). Steegmuller), and his creation of a world whose minor figures are as vital as his condemned heroine. When reading Madame Bovary, one experiences a work that remains genuinely revolutionary almost a century and a half after its creation.

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Author Gustave Flaubert
Country France
Language French
Genre Realist novel
Publisher Revue de Paris (in serial) & Michel Lévy Frères (in book form, 2 Vols)
Publication date
1856 (in serial) & April 1857 (in book form)