What is ‘Madame Bovary’? A critique of the French class system? A look at one woman’s very unhappy life? A comment on how romance novels and the belief in “romance” leads to disillusion and despair? It can be read as any or all of these, but why bother? The ramblings of Flaubert as his heroine throws her life away are not worth the time you will waste. But for a few brief moments of interest, a few random lines that are truly memorable, this book was no classic.
“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.”
—Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary)