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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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  • 05-02-2020

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.

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  • 02-10-2020

Irritating French pronunciation

This is Flaubert’s greatest work, but I couldn’t enjoy it because of the way the reader paused before every French word of any length, then launched into an exaggerated pronunciation, clearing her throat on the “r”s - especially Rodolphe- (instead of making a gentle gurgle) and then being careless with how the vowels were pronounced, sometimes pronouncing using English pronunciation, e.g. “fricassEE” instead of “fricassay”. It drove me nuts.

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