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Emma Bovary is an avid reader of sentimental novels; brought up on a Normandy farm and convent-educated, she longs for the passion of romance. At first, Emma pins her hopes on marriage, but life with her well-meaning husband in the provinces leaves her bored and dissatisfied. She seeks escape through extravagant spending sprees and, eventually, adultery. As Emma pursues her impossible reverie she seals her own ruin and despair. Exquisite, moving, at times ferociously satirical and always psychologically acute, Madame Bovary remains one of the greatest, most beguiling novels ever written.
This stunning new translation, by the celebrated novelist Adam Thorpe, delicately and meticulously transposes the rhythms, tone and poetry of Madame Bovary and brings us closer to its shifting depths. It is destined to become the definitive English translation of our time.
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"The first great shopping and fucking novel" (Julian Barnes London Review of Books)
"Madame Bovary is a great novel that is also an inexhaustible pleasure to read" (Guardian)
"Flaubert's 1856 novel begins with marriage and what follows is the archetypal tale of a desperate housewife" (Daily Telegraph)
"The most scandalous novel of all time" (Playboy)
Over 150 years since its first publication the power of Madame Bovary remains undiminished.Stunningly translated by Adam Thorpe, this edition brings us closer to Flaubert's original.
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Book Description Vintage Classics, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A slight tan to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # wbb0014147760