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4.0 out of 5 stars A French Classic on Kindle, 16 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Attention - this review only applies to the kindle version (its merits and faults).
I do not want to go into the details of the book itself: 'Madame Bovary' is a classic and rightly so, whatever you think about the characters and their motivations. I also thought the translation was good (I don't know the original, but it flowed well and did not appear slipshod).
The way Penguin have transferred it onto kindle is basically excellent and it's good to have a critical text with an introduction and notes available on kindle for the more serious and interested reader. What I particularly like about the Penguin kindle versions is that all notes are hyperlinked, so when a note comes up, you just have to move the cursor to it, click and you get to the note. A press of the back button takes you back to where you were reading. Very simple and VERY user-friendly.
My only quibble (which cost the kindle version a star) is that the text itself is full of mistakes, so that the flow of reading can be quite seriously disrupted. This is a great shame, as otherwise this is a brilliant version and definitely the electronic one I'd go for.
If you're interested in a more academic version of 'Madame Bovary' for your kindle with easily accessible notes and an interesting introduction, then go for this one.
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2011 01:18:10 BDT
Mistakes in the text of the intro, notes or the actual work itself?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2011 08:30:32 BDT
Mainly in the body of the work. It's little things that you can work out while reading (e.g. a 1 instead of an exclamation mark), but it does slightly jar the flow of the novel.
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