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Rather scandalous in its day to even suggest adultery, it seems extremely mild today. While the story seems rather hackneyed, one must remember that for 1856, this was cutting new ground. Somewhat of an off-kilter romance novel, I'm a bit at a loss to why it makes it so high on the "great books" lists. I found the characters surrounding Madame Bovary and her escapades far more interesting than Madame herself (who seemed to be ready for Freud's approaching couch with her hysterias). The ending will surprise few...though the darker souls will certainly cheer Madame's choice at the end.
04/14/2011
An interesting and entertaining book with moments of unexpected humor among the darkness exemplified by this period of French history. In my opinion, the characters make up for the heavy-handed melodrama and the consistent use of unlikely coincidences to move the plot along. As is usually the case, the book is far better than what can be gleaned from the films or the musical. At times, its a slog...but well worth one's time.
01/05/2011
Richard Greene - A Serial Killer and a Detective With his Own demons.
FEATURED AUTHOR - Born in Denver in 1939, Richard served in the Navy from 56-60 taking part in the atomic testing in the South Pacific. After discharge, he worked in the trucking industry retiring in Portland Oregon with his wife. Besides writing, he paints and is an avid golfer. As our Author of the Day, Richard tells us all about his latest book, Feeding the Beast. Please give us a short introduction to what Feeding the Beast is about. Feeding the Beast is about the relationship between a Serial Killer and… Read more