Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today about Flaubert's devastatingly realized tale of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of her romantic dreams is its pure artistry: the poise of its narrative structure, the opulence of its prose (marvelously captured in the English translation of Francis Steegmuller), and its creation of a world whose minor figures are as vital as its doomed heroine. In reading Madame Bovary, one experiences a work that remains genuinely revolutionary almost a century and a half after its creation.

The 13th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 1st on The 16 Greatest Books of All Time (NYU Local)
  2. - 2nd on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  3. - 5th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  4. - 7th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  5. - 9th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  6. - 13th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  7. - 22nd on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  8. - 22nd on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  9. - 23rd on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  10. - 28th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  11. - 37th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  12. - 42nd on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  13. - 75th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  14. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)
  15. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  16. - 50 Books That Changed the World (Open Education Database)
  17. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  18. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  19. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  20. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  21. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  22. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  23. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  24. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  25. - 50 Greatest Books of All Time (Globe and Mail)
  26. - W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time (Great Novelists and Their Novels)
  27. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
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