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Book review

Madame Bovary Is a Cautionary Tale

The first line on the back cover of this iconic novel by Gustave Flaubert reads, "The 1857 publication of Madame Bovary, with its vivid depictions of sex and adultery, incited a backlash of immorality charges." Always interested in banned books, I immediately knew I had to read it.   When I found a copy of Madame Bovary in a used-book store in Madison (they do exist!), I'd remembered hearing it was the scandalous tale of a cheating wife. For 1857 that seemed pretty progressive to me. And with the backlash of immorality charges, I assumed it was a glorification of adultery and immoral behavior.   Boy, was I wrong.   In fact, Emma Bovary is an entirely unlikable woman whose lying, cheating, and greed send her life spiraling into the ground. Quite simply, she marries a...

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Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude

I just finished reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and holy smokes, is that a good book! It has been a number of years since I read something so revolutionary in both writing style and content.   This book was my selection for book group a couple of months ago, but due to a crazy work schedule, I was only able to get about two-thirds of the way through it before the meeting. I often don't finish books that I couldn't complete before the discussion, since the ending is revealed and I tend to lose interest, but I knew this one I would finish. I was already falling in love with it by that point, and the comments from the rest of the group piqued my interest even more....

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