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Madame Bovary (Le Livre de Poche)
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am 17. August 2006
Mit älteren Büchern hat man ja gern seine Probleme (und ich bin da keine Ausnahme). Das Buch erschien 1857 und gehört zur Weltliteratur. Dem Urteil kann ich mich unbedenklich anschließen. Trotz einer Länge von rund 450 Seiten ist das Werk leicht und interessant zu lesen. Die Thematik fand ich außerdem interessant. Irgendwie kann man sich gut (besonders als Frau) in den Charakter hineinfühlen. Es gibt keine perfekten Charaktere. Alle haben ihre Macken (die einen mehr - die anderen weniger) und das macht sie menschlicher. Zudem bin ich mir sicher, dass das Buch immer noch nichts von seiner Aktualität verloren hat und sich viele wiedererkennen werden. In dieser Frau, die diese Leere in ihrem Leben spürt und nach etwas anderem hungert. Die immer und immer wieder versucht diese Leere mit etwas zu füllen und immer tiefer und tiefer sinkt. Bis sie vor einem Abgrund steht.
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am 11. Januar 2000
This is a pretty good book. It is a satire about the absurdity of people. It is also about how reading corrupts people. Flaubert uses very inovative writing for his time. The narrator is all but invisable, there is no editorializing; the reader can make his/her own opinions and judgements about the characters. All the narration takes place from inside the characters' minds rather than from the outside. It is a dark comedy that reads like a soup opera.
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am 25. März 2007
Depending on your perspective, this book is hopelessly dated and has little relevance to today, is an important step forward in the French novel, or is a classic depiction of tragedy in the Greek tradition. You should decide which perspective is most meaningful to you in determining whether you should read the book or not.

The story of the younger Madame Bovary (her mother-in-law is the other) is presented in the context of people whose illusions exceed their reality. Eventually, reality catches up with them. In the case of Emma Bovary, these illusions are mostly tied up in the notion that romantic relationships will make life wonderful and that love conquers all. She meets a young doctor of limited potential and marries with little thought. Soon, she finds him unbearable. The only time she is happy is when the two attend a ball at a chateaux put on by some of the nobility (the beautiful people of that time). She has a crisis of spirit and becomes depressed. To help, he moves to another town where life may be better for her. She has a daughter, but takes no interest in her. Other men attract her, and she falls for each one who pays attention to her in a romantic style. Clearly, she is in love with romance. Adultery is not rewarded, and she has a breakdown when one lover leaves her. Recovering, she takes on a younger lover she can dominate. This, too, works badly and she becomes reckless in her pursuit of pleasure. In the process, she takes to being reckless in other ways and brings financial ruin to herself and her family. The book ends in tragedy.

Here is the case for this being dated and irrelevant for today. A modern woman would usually not be trapped in such a way. She would separate from or divorce the husband she grew to detest, and make a new life. She would be able to earn a decent living, and would not be discouraged from raising a child alone. So the story would probably not happen now. In addition, the psychological aspects of her dilemma would be portrayed in terms of an inner struggle reflecting our knowledge today of psychology, rather than as a visual struggle followed mostly by a camera lens in this novel. The third difference is that the shallow stultifying people exalted by the society would be of little interest today. You find few novels about boring people in small towns in rural areas.

The case for the book as important in French literature is varied. The writing is very fine, and will continue to attract those who love the French language forever. This is a rare novel for its day in that it focused on a heroine who was neither noble by class nor noble in spirit. The book clearly makes more of an exploration into psychology than all but a few earlier French novels. The story itself was a shocking one in its day, for its focus on immoral behavior and the author's failure to overtly condemn that behavior. Emma pays the price, as Hollywood would require, but there is no sermonizing against her. So this book is a breakthrough in the modern novel in its shift in focus and tone to a personal pedestrian level.

From a third perspective, this book is a modern update of the classic Green tragedy in which all-too human characters struggle against a remorseless fate and are destroyed in the process. But we see their humanity and are moved by it. Emma's character is a hopeless romantic is established early. To be a hopeless romantic in a world where no one else she meets is condemns her to disappointment. She also seems to have some form of mental illness that makes it hard for her to deal with setbacks. But her optimism that somehow things will work out makes her appealing to us, and makes us wish for her success. When she does not succeed, we grieve with her family. Flaubert makes many references to fate in the novel, so it seems likely that this reading was intended.

My own view is that the modern reader who is not a scholar of French literature can only enjoy this book from the third perspective. If you do, there are many subtle ironies relative to the times and places in the novel that you will appreciate, as well. The ultimate ascendence of the careful, unimaginative pharmacist provides many of these. The ultimate fate of Madame Bovary's daughter, Berthe, is another. Be sure to look for these ironies among the details of these prosaic lives. The book positively teems with them.

If you are interested in perspectives two or three, I suggest you read and savor this fine classic. If you want something that keeps pace with modern times, manners, mores and knowledge, avoid this book!

If you do decide to read Madame Bovary, after you are done be sure to consider in what elements of your life you are filled with illusions that do not correspond to reality. We all have vague hopes that "when" we have "it" (whatever "it" is), life will be perfect. These illusions are often doomed to be shattered. Let your joy come from the seeking of worthy goals, instead! What worthy goals speak deeply into your heart and mind? In this way, you can overcome the misconceptions that stall your personal progress.
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am 8. April 1999
Madame Bovary was Flaubert's tool of purging himself of Romantic tendencies. It is not only the story of a dissatisfied housewife but of the author himself. Emma attempts to fill her solitude with literature, dreams, sex, and things in general. Her struggle is universally identifiable. Many people cannot like this book because they see too much of themselves in Emma. Madame Bovary isn't just Flaubert, she is all of us.
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am 25. März 2000
Anyone who calls this book boring is probably not giving it a chance. This novel is truly excellent, and stacks up well against other great 19th century novels.
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am 10. August 1999
This is not among my few favorite novels, but no one who is sensitive to great literature can fail to see the brilliance of this work. In doing a bit of background work, I made the following discoveries:
Virtually every French writer of the late 19th acknowledged Flaubert as their model. In England, Thomas Hardy essentially tried to write Flaubertian novels in an English rural context. Later in England, D. H. Lawrence explicitly wrote novels that were polemical to Flaubert, so that he wrote in reaction against MADAME BOVARY. In Russia, Tolstoy decided to write his own version of the story of Emma Bovary, ANNA KARENINA. In the 20th century, James Joyce--who was proud of how few writers he had studied--confessed that he had read virtually every line of Flaubert and himself tried to carry to the furthest extreme the Flaubertian dictum of art for arts sake. And this is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Is this the most influential novel ever written? I honestly don't know, but if one wanted to construct a case for that assertion, a very, very powerful one could be made.
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am 16. September 2001
Zu Flauberts Tiefsinnigkeit haben meine Vorgänger auf dieser Seite schon genug Zutreffendes geäußert. Eins sei noch hinzugefügt: Madame Bovary ist ein überaus sinnliches Buch. Jede Geste, jede Szene, jeder Geruch ist mit einer unvergleichlichen Beobachtungsgabe und Liebe zum Detail geschildert und lässt die Welt des Romans wirklich werden. Was die Handlung an (seltenen) Längen aufweist, würzt Flauberts Schreibkunst wieder mit Kurzweil. Zu Recht ein Klassiker.
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am 9. Dezember 1999
When the Bill of Rights was written, cruel and unusual punishment was banned. The cruel and unusual punishment invisioned was not as cruel and unusual as being forced to read this book!
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am 14. März 2012
Die Gestaltung als Hörspiel ist gelungen. Zum Beispiel wirken die Überlappungen von Gesprächen sehr echt.
Die Musik gibt die Seelen- und Gefühlslagen der Betroffenen gut wieder, nervt aber irgendwann durch Beibehaltung des harmonischen und melodischen Stils.
Hervorragende Sprecher und Sprecherinnen in allen Rollen.
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am 12. September 1999
Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and just because something is considered a classic doesn't necessarily mean one has to like it. We aren't robots. What appalls me however, is how often I hear many young people and adults for that matter, using the word boring when reviewing a book. I am so grateful that my parents didn't allow me to use that word without a reprimand. My mother, a voracious reader, always told me "David, if you're bored your're boring". I always got on the defensive when told this. As I grew older I began to understand what she meant. On a planet with so many books to read and so many ways of looking at what the books are saying, how can anyone ever be bored? If a book doesn't interest you, put it aside and don't read it, but please, never call it boring.
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