Review | Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

madamebovaryTitle: Madame Bovary (1856)
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Translator: Lydia Davis
Publisher/Edition: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Read: 20th – 27th January 2018
Genre: classics; French classics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs bring her disappointment and the consequences are devastating. Flaubert’s erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of Emma Bovary caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857. It was deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted: ‘Madame Bovary, c’est moi’.” (Synopsis from the publisher)

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Top Ten Tuesday | Earliest TBR Books I Still Haven’t Read Yet

toptentuesdayAnother Tuesday, another Top Ten Tuesday. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they post a topic for bloggers to respond to. This week’s theme is about admitting some of the books we still haven’t read although we completely intend to… at some point aka Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. 

I am the worst for this. Especially when it comes to classic literature with a capital L and The Canon. As an English literature graduate it’s not exactly surprising that most of the books on this list are considered “literary classics” which I probably should have gotten around to before now. I felt ashamed at times when I admitted I hadn’t read some of these alleged staples – my knowledge of particularly American literature, for example, is shockingly bad since my studies mainly focused on early modern (British) literature. I must correct this at some point in my life and, hopefully, by admitting some of these titles today, it’ll give me the kick up the bum needed to pick them up sooner rather than later.

Without further ado, here we go, here’s my list of shame:

  1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Maybe at some point I can stop lamenting over not having read these yet and just actually, you know, pick them up and read them and finally cross them off this list. That’ll be the day!


That was my list of Books That Have Been On My TBR From Before I Started Blogging That I Still Haven’t Read Yet – do any of these feature on your TBR list? Have you read any of the above and think I should make reading them a priority?

Comment below/link your own post below if you have one – I’d love to read it!


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