GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, FRANCIS STEEGMULLER
Title: Madame Bovary : Patterns of Provincial Life
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Random House Inc January 1992
0679736360 / 9780679736363
Seller ID: 20100513172288
For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for " offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today about Flaubert's devastatingly realized tale of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of her romantic dreams is its pure artistry: the poise of its narrative structure, the opulence of its prose (marvelously captured in the English translation of Francis Steegmuller), and its creation of a world whose minor figures are as vital as its doomed heroine. In reading Madame Bovary, one experiences a work that remains genuinely revolutionary almost a century and a half after its creation.