Bovary for beginners

May 3, 2011

I think of all my regrets, my sharpest is not reading Flaubert’s Mme Bovary when I was younger. Somehow, I missed it out, though I’ve waded through far more than my fair share of classics. I read it only a couple of years ago when I suggested it to my book group. By that time it was far too late.

The book’s message is simple. Don’t waste your time waiting for the ship on the far distant horizon to come and rescue you. Nothing and no one can save you – except yourself. And don’t fritter money away on soft furnishings. Get a job – and get a life.

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  • Ms Caroline May 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Stumbled across your blog via Potty Mummy and had to comment about Madame Bovary. I probably need to re-read it, but my strongest memory of that book was an overwhelming sense of impatience with her. I’m sure there are all kinds of subtle subtexts thatI missed because I was so busy loathing her, but I’m ashamed to say that I was relieved when she finally got on with it and died. And you’re right. She never should have bought those curtains.

    • Dulwich Divorcee May 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

      If you think about it, Rebecca would have been fine if she hadn’t done up the boat house, Ophelia might have held on to her sanity if she hadn’t taken up flower arranging …. honestly, nest-building has so much to answer for 🙂 I agree, Mme B was a bit annoying – and she took blimmin ages to die – but I couldn’t help feeling for her as she got more and more trapped …