Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert, Francis Steegmuller Yet another book that was so good I hardly know what to say about it. I was enthralled from start to finish. I've never read anything that so skillfully and completely entwines the tragic and the banal in all our lives. Emma is fascinating, obviously, but almost every other character at least hints at a complete, complex, and unique psychology worthy of rumination. And the way the sheer monotonous inexorability of Emma's world actually almost seems at times to justify her behavior is simply incredible.

That's about all I can manage. You need to read this book. That's all there is to it.