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Post #43: Madame Bovary is an Unfeeling, Vulgar Harlot

Welcome to the forty-third post of the Great Writing Challenge of 2012.
Five days a week for six months, I will be given a topic to write about. The stipulation: it must be 250 words (or more), and positive in tone.
If you would like to suggest topics for me to write about, please email me at TheRebeccaProject [at] gmail [dot] com.

A few years ago, I decided to commit myself to ploughing through the ‘classics’, becoming familiar with authors with whom I was not well acquainted, and those I was well acquainted with and detested when I was at school: the ever-expanding list authors such as Dickens, Austen, the Brontes, Oscar Wilde, Goethe, H G Wells, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

So far, the project has been serving me well. That was until I started Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

The title character and I do not have a good relationship: Madame Bovary is an unfeeling, vulgar harlot. I despise her so much, and spent the entire book wishing harm to come to her. With each turn of the page, she becomes so much more despicable.

A composite sketch of Madame Bovary

[Source: The Composites]

It’s quite ridiculous how strongly I feel about this. It’s just so frustrating when you invest all of that time and energy in a story, and it never quite fulfills its promise. I feel the same about Margaret Atwood’s novels: beautiful, luscious prose with half-arsed endings.

But as of right now, I think I’m in need of a new era in terms of my reading. It’s time to stretch the mind in a different way and explore the million other options available to me as a new(ish) Kindle user.

So, I’d love to know what you are reading? What’s something you suggest I try?

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2 Comments

  1. How do you have time to read with all the things you do. You inspire me…even though you didn’t like the book. Have you read ”Of Mice and Men”?

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