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Madame Bovary

Penguin Classics
Written by: Gustave Flaubert
Narrated by: Fiona Glascott
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Classics

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This Penguin Classic is performed by Fiona Glascott, star of Brooklyn, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Geoffrey Wall.   

Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs bring her disappointment and the consequences are devastating. Flaubert's erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of Emma Bovary caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857. It was deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted: 'Madame Bovary, c'est moi'.

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  • 05-02-20

Too much acting can be annoying!

I find the reader has put in too much unnecessary and exaggerated acting which is distracting. I feel that the actor has injected her own interpretation, rather than leaving it to the listener.