And now a major motion picture – Madame Bovary

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, and Laura Carmichael!

 

“For her, life was as cold as an attic with a window looking to the north, and ennui, like a spider, was silently spinning its shadowy web in every cranny of her heart.”

Married to Charles, a provincial doctor, Emma Bovary yearns for a more glamorous life. Disenchanted with her husband and seeking an escape from their dull marriage she is soon tempted into a brief romantic liaison with another man. Although short-lived, she remains desirous of passion and the finer things in life and embarks on another affair, destroying her reputation.

Considered scandalous at the time, Emma Bovary’s superficial and immoral behaviour shocked readers and caused moral outcry. Flaubert holds up to ridicule not only Madame Bovary herself, but the society that dares to judge her.

The publication of this masterpiece of realism gave rise to an obscenity trial in 1857, which earned Flaubert an acquittal, and established Emma Bovary as one of literature’s greatest characters. The eponymous Emma is a victim of the smug, self-deluding French bourgeoisie that Flaubert despised.

For Flaubert’s contemporaries, the fascination came from the novelist’s meticulous account of provincial matters.

For the writer, subject matter was subordinate to his anguished quest for aesthetic perfection.

For his twentieth-century successors the formal experiments that underpin Madame Bovary look forward to the innovations of contemporary fiction. Flaubert’s protagonist in particular has never ceased to fascinate.

Romantic heroine or middle-class neurotic, flawed wife and mother or passionate protester against the conventions of bourgeois society, simultaneously the subject of Flaubert’s admiration and the butt of his irony – Emma Bovary remains one of the most enigmatic of fictional creations. Flaubert’s meticulous approach to the craft of fiction, his portrayal of contemporary reality, his representation of an unforgettable cast of characters make Madame Bovary one of the major landmarks of modern fiction.

 

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The latest from George R.R. Martin

dangerous_women This first volume features an original 35,000 word novella by George R.R. Martin.’The Princess and the Queen’ reveals the origins of the civil war in Westeros (before the events in A Game of Thrones), which is known as the Dance of the Dragons, pitting Targaryen against Targaryen and dragon against dragon. Other authors in this volume of warriors, bad girls and dragonriders include worldwide bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Lawrence Block and Nancy Kress. Read more here >>> http://bit.ly/1v2v027









More from George R.R. Martin …

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A multidimensional hero in this multi-layered mystery thriller

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Refuse Generation
By David Palmer

This book is a mystery thriller – on two levels – gripping thriller on the surface, intellectual challenge underneath.

New Zealand garbage collector, Farrari Auva’a, is drawn by a letter uncovered in rubbish, into a mystery full of suspense and intrigue. There are murderers and manipulators, professors and businessmen, and it takes him across the world through plane rides and peaceful countryside, car chases and awe-inspiring historical sites. On the surface.

Underneath, though, is the mystery of personal identity in a time of change. This is highlighted in several of the characters but particularly Ferrari, as they search themselves and their family relationships, their cultural ties, career paths and spirituality.

Author, David Palmer, has used his other interests – in war and history – to tie all of these together with the thriller narrative, and maintain the thread of refuse.

The combination of Stranger in a Strange Land and Hero’s journey works well, though I occasionally felt the need for an easier transition from high drama to contemplation. While I’m sure the details of the ancient codex were vital to the narrative, I have to admit to skipping a few pages in my urge to see what the thrilling outcome would be. It’s as if Palmer invited his readers onto the journey with him and stands beside them as reader and writer. Some of his descriptions are incredibly evocative …”A scalloping of wastewater stain rosettes on the carpet pile failed to conceal a floral design evoking a more gracious age”, for example…but this one went a bit beyond that “They followed a haze-abraded plain chitinous with industrial pullulations.” I must say it got my attention!

This sort of language, though, becomes part of the mysterious undercurrent -which in turn highlights the intuitive problem-solving amid rationality in the upper level of mystery.

I just hope there is a sequel where we see more of the mystery that is the multidimensional Ferrari, and of the beautiful culture and countryside that is his New Zealand.

Bronwyn Ritchie
Your Story Matters at PivotalBookClub.com

Bridget Jones is back

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With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. => http://bit.ly/GSDWCm





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Stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so

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Far from the Tree

Andrew Solomon

  
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award-winning author ofThe Noonday Demon features stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so—“a brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity” (People). => http://bit.ly/13umf5U

The Girls of August – from Ann Rivers Siddons

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The Girls of August

Anne Rivers Siddons

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, they decide to come together once again and make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected. => http://bit.ly/15u2DJe

Brilliant fantasy – Beyond the Wall of Time

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Beyond the Wall of Time

Russell Kirkpatrick

Winner: Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Novel – Adult

The stunning conclusion to the Broken Man trilogy. The wall of time has fallen and the gods are free to ravage the world. The few that know of their escape into mortal lands are under the control of the malevolent Husk. Stella, a queen in hiding, makes a deal with the Undying Man. => http://bit.ly/16FP10P

Ender’s Game – the movie

 

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Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

Hugo Award Winner,  Nebula Award Winner

The worldwide bestseller, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, with featured cover art from the major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who
can defeat the aliens. But who?

 Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Free excerpt,  Book Club notes, Movie Trailer  =>  http://bit.ly/14ksRPH

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Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer prize for Fiction – The Orphan Master’s Son

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The Orphan Master’s Son
 
Adam Johnson 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013

Part bildungsroman, part political thriller, part expose of the most secretive country in the world, this is the story of a North Korean orphan who rises up through the ranks of the DPRK army as a tunnel soldier, a professional kidnapper, and a military intelligence officer, ultimately to become—for a very short time—a rival to the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il. Yet it is also a love story => http://bit.ly/16hCscj

Anyone Who Had a Heart. The Autobiography of Burt Bacharach

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Anyone Who Had a Heart
The Autobiography of Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach

It traces for the first time in his own words, the life and times of the man who created the music that has become the sound track for the lives of his millions of devoted fans all over the world. => http://bit.ly/12nXC5r