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Madame Bovary of the Suburbs By Sophie Divry Alison Anderson,

  • Title: Madame Bovary of the Suburbs
  • Author: Sophie Divry Alison Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780857054685
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A sharp, fresh novel about a woman who lives the life she s meant to lead but finds it lacking from the author of the much loved The Library of Unrequited LoveThe story of a woman s life, from childhood to death, somewhere in provincial France, from the 1950s to just shy of 2025.She has doting parents, does well at school, finds a loving husband after one abortive attempA sharp, fresh novel about a woman who lives the life she s meant to lead but finds it lacking from the author of the much loved The Library of Unrequited LoveThe story of a woman s life, from childhood to death, somewhere in provincial France, from the 1950s to just shy of 2025.She has doting parents, does well at school, finds a loving husband after one abortive attempt at passion, buys a big house with a moonlit terrace, makes decent money, has children, changes jobs, retires, grows old and dies All in the comfort that the middle classes have grown accustomed to.But she s bored.She takes up all sorts of outlets to try to make something happen in her life adultery, charity work, esotericism, manic house cleaning, motherhood and various hobbies each one abandoned faster than the last But no matter what she does, her life remains unfocussed and unfulfilled Nothing truly satisfies her, because deep down just like the town where she lives the landscape is non descript, flat, horizontal.Sophie Divry dramatises the philosophical conflict between freedom and comfort that marks women s lives in a materialistic world Our heroine is an endearing, contemporary Emma Bovary, and Divry s prose will remind readers of the best of Houellebecq, the cold, implacable historian who paints a precise portrait of an era and those who inhabit it and in doing so renders existence indelibly absurd.Translated from the French by Alison AndersonBiographical NotesSophie Divry lives in Lyon, France The Library of Unrequited Love, her first novel, was a bestseller in France and a boutique hit in the UK.
    Madame Bovary of the Suburbs A sharp fresh novel about a woman who lives the life she s meant to lead but finds it lacking from the author of the much loved The Library of Unrequited LoveThe story of a woman s life from childho

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    1. The English language translation of Sophie Divry s La Condition Pavillonnaire gives the game away in its title Here , it seems to announce, is an updated Madame Bovary a knowing, ironic version of Flaubert s classic There s also a sense of bravado in this, especially considering that Madame Bovary has been described as a perfect novel however, to be fair, the book remains true to the promise in its title It follows the life of the protagonist the anonymous M.A practically from the cradle in 1950 [...]

    2. Distinctly French in tone and conception, this is quirky and charming, bleak and deadly all at once Written in a second person you , the cool narrative voice skewers her subject, an unnamed woman called just M.A but equally addresses us as the reader, forcing an examination of our own lives And however much we might consider ourselves different from M.A there are places where we, surely, recognise ourselves.Like Flaubert s Emma Bovary, M.A is on a search for fulfilment which is never quite reach [...]

    3. Une observation entomologique rend bien s r la vie bien glauque Qu est ce qu on veut prouver en faisant cela La vie me semble tre juste tout ce qui n est pas dans ce livre.

    4. C est un roman la deuxi me personne tu , ce n est pas si commun Il relate un vie compl te d une femme M.A trangement, j ai pens aux chansons de B nabar en le lisant.J ai beaucoup aim la premi re partie la meilleure des trois je trouve , remplie de souvenirs de la vie fran aise des ann es 70 des r f rences qui me parlent travers mes propres parents et mon enfance la campagne Il y a de tr s jolies phrases, tr s po tiques sur une atmosph re d sabus e et de pessimiste.Malgr de belles descriptions ro [...]

    5. lire ce livre, on a l impression de diss quer nos propres vies, m me si elles ne sont videmment jamais mentionn es En se demandant pourquoi l h ro ne ne cherche pas cr er son propre sens sa vie, on finit par se poser la question soi m me Livre qui laisse un malaise n cessaire, quoi.

    6. The synopsis refers to this book as the story of a woman s life from childhood to death somewhere in provincial France As the title suggests it is reminiscent of Emma Bovary and the style of the prose certainly conjures her to mind As the story unfolds I could not but help recall events that occurred in the carriage and wondered how Ms Divry would cover those events When it did come to the erotic description I was slightly disconcerted At the back of my mind I remembered how shocking Emma s inte [...]

    7. MA is a frenchwoman born in the 1950s in a small village close to Chambery She is an only child of hard working but not affluent parents and she studies hard Leaving University with a degree she chooses to marry her college sweetheart and takes a job in a local company that allows her to raise her family She is bored and frustrated so begins an affair with a married colleague which does not end well MA is hospitalised, undergoes counselling and throws herself into a variety of activities, all wi [...]

    8. De mani re g n rale je trouve les critiques de ce roman un peu dures Il s agit ici d un roman sur la vie quotidienne dans la classe moyenne Le livre naturellement ne parvient jamais galer le chef d oeuvre de Flaubert auquel il fait cependant des appels du pied r guliers L impression qui s en d gage est celle d rangeante d un miroir tendu par l auteur pour refl ter nos propres vies, nos prores renoncements Ecrit int gralement la seconde personne du singulier ce roman tire parfois des ficelles un [...]

    9. Cette description de la vie d une personne n e la fin des ann es 50, crit la deuxi me personne du singulier, m a laiss quelque peu d seps r N anmoins, je veux croire qu on choisit son destin, et q il existe d autres alternatives la vie m diocre de cette h roine.

    10. Apr s avoir lu La cote 400 et Quand le diable sortit de la salle de bain avec plaisir, mes attentes taient peut tre trop hautes Je me suis arr t e au bout de 50 pages, trop agac e par l criture la deuxi me personne du singulier.

    11. Je n ai pas vraiment aim ce livre, je l ai trouv d primant avec cette femme qui n est jamais contente Je n en vois pas vraiment l int r t, a raconte seulement la vie d une femmeJe pense que c est surement parce que je n aime pas ce genre de livre

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