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#BookadayUK - Day 8

Madame Bovary - Michèle Roberts, Geoffrey Wall, Gustave Flaubert

Most irritating character in a novel.


Oh, dear. It has to be Emma Bovary, although I confess to flirting with the idea of using Anna Karenina, since I find both of these so-called protagonists to be self-absorbed, shallow, and unremittingly annoying examples of the worst of Victorian womanhood.


But, let's go with Emma. Bad mother. Profligate consumer. Shallow, self-absorbed, and ultimately no more than the sum of her prettiness. She is like one of those horrible reality show stars. Heidi Montag, Victorian edition.


It's a relief when she finally offs herself. I did feel sympathy for her poor daughter.