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Madame Bovary
Narrated by Simon Vance
Written by Gustave Flaubert

In this masterpiece Flaubert tells the tale of Emma Bovary, an incurably romantic woman who finds herself trapped in an unsatisfactory marriage in a prosaic bourgeois French village. Her attempts to escape the tedium of her life through a series of adulterous affairs are thwarted by the reality that the men she chooses to love are shallow and self-centered and unable to love anyone but themselves. In love with a love that can never be, Emma Bovary becomes a tragic figure of almost mythic proportion. Emma is the victim of her own imagination. A lesser woman would have been satisfied in the constrained world Emma inhabits, but Emma is possessed of both splendid passions and tremendous energy; she is an artist and a rebel.

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