Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

Series: "The 10 Greatest Books of All Time"

The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the right word")