A brief post; I’m getting lazy. Plus I have a heap of incomplete assignments and research papers and unread books that I should be getting back to.
Notes from my journal:
Currently reading Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. I have yet to read anything remotely ‘scandalous’ (by the standards of this day and age, anyhow), but its reputation is such that I keep expecting to find something DIRTY.
M. Bovary is so far from obscene. On the contrary, I’m finding it an eloquent and poignantly written book. Flaubert’s prose, which I first encountered in his short story, A Simple Heart, is ever so charming. Despite the realism and the ‘banality’ with which he presents provincial life, the world of the Bovaries is so far removed from mine that I can’t help but think it picturesque and romantic.
It is interesting to examine Emma Bovary not only as a nineteenth century woman, but also as a reader. She is quite selfish, seeking only emotional satisfaction in the novels that she reads. Also, it’s interesting how Flaubert’s thoughts on writing, and the politics/religious tensions of his time, are preserved within M. Bovary – e.g. Homais conversation w/ priest.
pg 85 – 88: Leon. At one point, Flaubert describes him as Emma’s mistress, rather than the other way around. What a contrast between E/R and E/L. In any case, Emma is a despicable character. She’s the sort who drags all those around her down into misery, simply because of her own naivety. That’s what essentially bars her from happiness, isn’t it? Her deluded sense of the world (pg 271).
» F for Flaubert: this book was read as a part of the A to Z challenge