Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I have no idea why this book is considered a classic. Considering how self-absorbed the main character was, she didn't seem to have many thoughts that weren't planted in her head by men. She's horrible to the one person who is unconditionally kind to her. The prose rambles to the dramas of side characters and you find yourself wondering if Flaubert just couldn't choose who he really wanted to write about. It makes for well-rounded characters but superfluous exposition. I was glad when it was over.
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