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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

#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.