Customer Reviews


14 Reviews
5 star:
 (5)
4 star:
 (5)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyed read..
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...
Published on 8 Jun 2006 by J. Quesne

versus
8 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're a man thinking of getting married.....
... read this first.
"Madame Bovary" may have scandalised French society in the 19th Century with its account of the married life of serial adulterer Emma Bovary, but it is tame by today's standards and now lacks any kind of shock appeal . Emma comes across as a Princess Diana type figure ; a glamourous, flirty hedonist with a fondness for spending large sums of...
Published on 20 Nov 2005 by L. Davidson


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but dated, 31 May 2003
This review is from: Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
Flaubert's style is delightful. It is simple like Maupassant's (who may have been his son, as he had an affair with his mother), whom he taught, and yet analytical too, as say Balzac. The translations are fine you find in England, Emma is a wonderfully drawn character, so real, and we judge everything and everyone in this novel by actions that we witness - an interesting method, as there is little interior action. The story is tragic and the characters supply a broad sample of humanity for Flaubert to make us give judgement to. The only thing is that like Wuthering Heights for example, this novel reads quite dated now. If you read Bel Ami, it could have been written by Sartre, if you read Lost Time, it could have been written by DeLillo (only perhaps not), what I mean is that those novels are timeless examples of what Bovary is. They utterly transcend any definition of time, whereas Bovary (like the Brontes) is an archetypal synecdoche of 'a time'. It does read dated. Yet as Proust teaches us one can document an era without resorting to over-detailing or cliche or anecdotes. That said, Flaubert is amongst a handful as the one of the best writers of the 19th century, but I don't think this novel is one of the greats. I keep seeing it on 'must read' lists like Julian Barnes's, and to have this novel and not Proust's is just nonsense.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book, 27 Jun 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
The book had a good story line and abrilliant finish
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some moments of brillliance...but otherwise just boring, 26 Sep 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
I bought this book on the recommendation of my friend, who had read about it and thought that we should try to read it over our summer vacation. My mother had already read it, and had thought that it was not that special, but quite good.
Firstly it took AGES to get past all the description in the beginning. Then it dragged on for AGES AND AGES AND AGES. It blamed Emma's passion for literature on her string of love affairs. Occasionally there were flashes of brilliance, such as the conversations between her and Leon in the hotel, and moments when I as a reader sympathised with Emma Bovary, especially after she was deserted by Rodolphe. In general, however, I was counting the pages until the end! I can see why it was deemed a milestone in literature, but as my friend put it, it is essentially, 'nineteenth century porn!' (This said after watching the TV adaptation).
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!, 4 April 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
Garden-variety romance - even more tedious than Austen or Bronte. Suitable only for teenage girls.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics)
Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics) by Gustave Flaubert (Paperback - 27 Sep 2007)
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews