“Il ne faut pas toucher aux idoles : la dorure en reste aux mains ”

“IL NE FAUT PAS TOUCHER AUX IDOLES: LA DORURE EN RESTE AUX MAINS”

FROM MADAME BOVARY
-GUSTAVE FLAUBERT-

(french author 1821-1880)

Why do I like Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert?

You know the feeling when you read a book and you don’t absolutely know why but you relate to it from the first page to the last? You really can’t say why it holds such a strong attraction for you, it just does. One of those books for me is Madame Bovary by Flaubert – as is Effie Briest by Theodore Fontane. Tolstoi’s Anna Karenina is often considered to belong to the same ‘group’ of novels, but I confess I’ve only read the first two.

 Madame Bovary (and I mean Emma Bovary herself) shows the life of a woman in a world full of society’s rules. In my opinion, she is not a heroine or somebody who makes the right decisions – she’s not even likeable. But like I said, it´s one of the books I read and liked. I started to think about it also as maybe a cautionary example. Do you have books, films or songs you feel the same way about?

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