by Gustave Flaubert
Reviewed by Liam Hegarty, Guilty Conscience Book Group
2004) Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary is the tale of a rural middle-class
housewife's descent into dissatisfaction, depression, adultery, bankruptcy
and ultimately suicide.
Although the general consensus of our group was that it was an enjoyable book, there was some
difference of opinion concerning the essential nature of some of the characters. Was Emma
Bovary simply a "cruel woman" or was she merely thoughtless, acting at the whim of her own
particular character flaws. Could her husband have done more? Could he have given her that
nameless something extra she wanted? Was he blameless or also at fault for the tragedy that
befell his family?
The group also wondered what would happen to Emma Bovary today. Would modern psychology
and medications solved her problems?
Note: The Guilty Conscience Book Group is open to all and meets at the Larchmont Public
Library on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm. The purpose of the group, according
to its flyer, is to "facilitate the reading of works of fiction and nonfiction, the neglect
of which has caused heartache to members of the group." Books selected are held on reserve
at the Library for participants (a service that is available to all clubs). Contact Reference
Librarian Liam Hegarty for details at 834-2281.
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