Pageturners Rate Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary Book Cover

Many Pageturners rated Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in the high 3s and 4s out of 5. While some Pageturners found the descriptions boring and the story a bit tedious it made for an interesting discussion. Madame Bovary was described by one reviewer as the “first desperate housewife” because of her adultery, love of shopping and self-absorption.

The group talked about the translation, poverty and wealth, the ‘weaker’ sex, expectations of men and women, gender divide, being pigeon-holed, the characters, lower, middle and upper classes, her lovers and that carriage ride.

Comments included “beautiful language, description of interiors and the Norman countryside; full of farce and tragedy; in depth commentary of the era; she needed to get a grip; very sad, too many descriptions, she didn’t make the most of her opportunities, and painted a picture of a small town.”

Join in the thought provoking discussion about the Miles Franklin Literary Awards longlist on Wednesday 12th July from 5.30pm – 7pm. Please RSVP to 6393 8132 or via

The Longlisted books are:

Steven Amsterdam: The Easy Way Out

Emily Maguire: An Isolated Incident

Mark O’Flynn: The Last Days of Ava Langdon

Ryan O’Neill: Their Brilliant Careers

Josephine Wilson: Extinctions

Kristen Tranter: Hold

Inga Simpson: Where the Trees Were

Phillip Salom: Waiting

Josephine Rowe: A Loving, Faithful Animal

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