Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

A Tale of Provincial Life


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subjects: Autobiography, Romance

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When Emma Rouault marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women’s magazines. But Charles is a dull country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair.

120,250 words, with a reading time of ~ 7.3 hours (~ 481 pages), and first published in 1857. This DRM-Free edition published by epubBooks, .

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  • Haven't read it yet, however, please note that this translation is actually by Eleanor Marx Aveling, who was the first to translate it from the original in 1888. This is NOT the translation by Francis Steegmuller (1957), as mentioned in the description. It is disappointing to download the book, only to find that it is the wrong translation.


We were in class when the head–master came in, followed by a “new fellow,” not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work.

The head–master made a sign to us to sit down. Then, turning to the class–master, he said to him in a low voice—

“Monsieur Roger, here is a pupil whom I recommend to your care; he’ll be in the second. If his work and conduct are satisfactory, he will go into one of the upper classes, as becomes his age.”