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Madame Bovary Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jun 1998


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Partners; Unabridged edition (Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572700564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572700567
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 5.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,103,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anita Brookner is a novelist and art historian whose books include the Booker prize-winning Hotel du Lac (1984), A Private View (1994), and Falling Slowly (1998). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Fox on 7 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is about the Kindle (free) version, not about Flaubert's book. The translation and proofreading are a disgrace. Even the way that chapter headings look like part of the text detracts from ay pleasure. I see from another reviewer that this version is not even complete. I know Amazon can do better. This is a sad disappointment.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By hazel on 8 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't know if my download didn't work properly, but when I reached the end of the book (which I enjoyed enormously) it said 'end of volume 1'. There is no mention of volume 2. I've now checked with a print version of the book and find that I only have about two thirds of the book on my Kindle. So I'm finishing it off in the print version. Be warned - you may not have read all of the book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maa on 16 Jun. 2012
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Do not buy, not even for free, this edition of Madame Bovary. It is a dreadful translation, hard to read because of spelling errors and not the joy that such a classic should be. The formatting is also poor. It does Flaubert a great injustice.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LL on 28 April 2008
Format: Paperback
It's pretty much all been said and I gladly add my voice to the chorus of praise but I write to suggest reading the original translation by Eleanor Marx Aveling (daughter of Karl Marx); the more florid victorian prose is apposite for the era and truly spellbinding.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Quesne on 8 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
I throughly enjoyed this work which I found both thought provoking and highly entertaining.

It quickly dawned on me that this was no ordinary 'intelligent woman struggling against bigoted times' novel but one that went much deeper than conventional works. I loved the fact that Emma far from being an ideolised good natured heroine was in fact a selfish, sensual and self-centred women with destructive tendencies. It made her much easier to relate to! Despite the fact that she really is a very unpleasant character there was something about her that I found really appealing. Perhaps it was the way that she increasingly gave into her every desire and expressed the disatisfaction that we all often feel with life but fail to show.

Emma seemed to me so very real with her constant search throughout the novel for an elusive ideal of happiness. One she trys to find in her quest for material goods, her love affairs and her brief religious devotion. Many of her passions are shown to be unltimately shallow and without any real substance - in particular her supposed religious extremisim which is quickly forgotten upon meeting with Leon again - her second lover. I found this portrayal to be an honest and reflective account of her search for happiness and her inability to find happiness in any of the aspects of her life.

I felt very strongly that one of the novel's great strengths was the way the character traits of all the other characters contrast with the heroine. From the wonderful portrayl of the arrogant, boastful Homais who's pompus unbearable arrogance and complete lack of self-awareness highlight the frustrations of Emma's life, to Charles her devoted, kind and good husband who is utterly unsuited to Emma and who by being her complete opposite highlights the destrution of Emma's nature.

There are no hero's in the book and I found that its honest portrayal of the frustrations and passions of life just as relevant today as 150 years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sabera Kara on 10 May 2011
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I found it hard to get into this book at first but after reading through half of it I really started to feel for the characters. first for Emma herself as a young wife, then for Charles with his own problems. I can understand how it would have been a controversial book of it's time. Her antics can still be seen as morally wrong and against most social cultures. We do get a feeling of why she is doing what she does but it never seems right.

I think we need to rewind our minds and think of how this book would be percived by someone living in the 19th century. Seen by many as controversial, the many who actually read it would not have seen this as a common issue as it is today. As with most stories it really takes off in the second half and that's the most ineteresting part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alf Turner on 23 April 2012
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This is a conventional story of a female decline, helped of course by the male species!! At times this book is brillant if not stunning - e.g. the scene at political speech and the simultaneous interaction between the lovers. Seen this done in the movies but never on paper and its so realistic. At other times the book just goes on too long on detail. Agree with the comments on the Kindle edition - proper chapter breaks would have been useful but I did have the full version to the end.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Anyone who feels compelled to label this novel as boring, trashy, romantic etc. has failed to comprehend the subtleties of this fine novel. It is actually an anti-romance, offering a tragic portrayl of a doomed love affair. In fact, it subverts all of the usual rules of the romance narrative, and in doing so provides a novel of huge significance and cultural importance. As readers we are invited to share in Flaubert's highly perceptive (and at the time, hugely original) account of the human condition. We are not supposed to judge and damn Emma as selfish, irrational, immoral etc., rather her character articulates the great complexity of the human experience. The novel is unique in dealing sensitively with human emotion without resorting to romantic cliches. Emma Bovary is so significant a text in pushing the boundaries of "classic" literature, and has been central to so much critical debate that it is astonishing that anyone could find it boring. I guess some people might be disappointed that the novel isn't as sexually explicit as they might have anticipated, and lacks an ending that matches the romantic ideal.
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