Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
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Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

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Madame Bovary, often ranked among the greatest novels of all time, is considered Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece, with authors from Henry James to Proust to Nabokov heaping it with praise.
The novel tells the story of Madame Bovary, a commoner wife of a country doctor, and her attempts to escape the drudgery of day-to-day mediocrity by engaging in adulterous affairs and overspending on luxuries. She remains unsatisfied even though her husband adores her and they want for little, and her shallowness eventually leads to their ruin.
Today Madame Bovary, with its careful but charming description of the banality of everyday life, is considered the first great example of literary realism in fiction novels. Eleanor Marx-Aveling’s translation, though over a hundred years old, is remarkably fresh and smooth, and is a pleasure even for modern readers.
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I am struck perhaps by how tragic it is. How transient life and love and keeping up pretenses are. Even we as the reader are fickle switching our opinions our views on each of the characters, sympathizing first with Charles then Emma and then Charles again.
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We were in class when the headmaster came in, followed by a “new fellow,” not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and everyone rose as if just surprised at his work.

The headmaster made a sign to us to sit down. Then, turning to the class-master, he said to him in a low voice—

Estábamos en clase cuando llegó el director, seguido por un "nuevo compañero", que no llevaba el uniforme escolar, y un empleado de la escuela que llevaba un gran escritorio. Los que habían estado dormidos se despertaron, y todos se levantaron como sorprendidos por su trabajo.

El director nos hizo una señal para que nos sentemos. Entonces, volviéndose hacia el maestro de la clase, le dijo en voz baja-

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