Forgive me if I start with an editorial, but I have to say: the first chapter of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary has my favorite quote in a book, ever. It is here that Flaubert introduces us to the small market town of Yonville l’Abbaye, a place four times larger than the village where Dr Bovary and his young wife Emma are married and so , he hoped, life was enough to make him happy. up. “The road (only the road), a long gun and lined with some shops, stops short where the road turns.” The darkness of that “gun’s length”! You’d think that shooting someone as they went down that bend would be a good thing for them.
There is a fair amount of darkness in it Madame Bovary, Sophie Barthes’ English translation of Flaubert in 1857: more and more online critics dislike the fact that Normandy will be razed to the ground, but that’s not enough for me. Take a book with you Madame Bovary Achieving clout is bound to be risky, as the text has won over filmmakers of the caliber of Claude Chabrol, Jean Renoir and Vincente Minnelli; Barthes said that he did not know his first opinion when his boss gave him the document correction of Felipe Marino not to speak. “But I’m hurt, because I love this book – I love it so much – and I really like this take, it’s so different from other adaptations.”
Flaubert drew on two truly brutal novels to write his own story about a free-spirited woman, whose desire for happiness leads her to financial and social ruin. The most famous is the adultery and murder of Delphine Delamare; The second was Louise Pradier, who bankrupted herself by selling it. Madame Bovary The idea, according to a critical review of the most recent Penguin translation, is “to add one absurd and selfish action to another”.
Flaubert spent more than a decade, focusing on the convent girl’s dreams of a happy marriage that ended in the heart of life with Charles Bovary and then the unloving mother. She wants to be a good woman; Her impostor, the Marquis d’Andervilliers, slowly enslaves her, as does the local merchant of expensive fripperes, M. Lheureux. In this film, time is evident: Emma is always young and patient.