Madame Bovary Read-A-Long, Week 3

November 3, 2010

During the month of October, Frances of Nonsuch Book is hosting a read-a-long of Madame Bovary. I have somehow owned two copies of the book for years upon years, but have never gotten past the first few pages … so I’m joining in!

This week, we have read Part III of the book.

I’m very behind on this one, so I’m going to keep it short: I finished the book, finally. It took me forever to get through the first half of part three – it just seemed to drag on and on! I found myself getting more and more irritated with Emma, and I absolutely couldn’t believe it when she decided that killing herself was a better option than just telling her husband about the debt. Such a coward.

I get that this is supposed to be a classic and all, but I just wasn’t all that impressed with it as a whole. Bits and pieces were good, but there was just so … much … dragging.

Like I’ve said earlier, and a few people thought it might be true, this might be because of the specific translation that I read. I really hope it is. Maybe I’ll try giving this book another shot later with a better translation, but as it stands? I didn’t really enjoy this one.

Very glad to have finally read it, though. Thanks so much for hosting the read-a-thon, Frances!

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