Madame Bovary of the Suburbs

Madame Bovary of the Suburbs

Sophie Divry Alison Anderson / May 25, 2020

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

  • Title: Madame Bovary of the Suburbs
  • Author: Sophie Divry Alison Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780857054685
  • Page: 234
  • 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.

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      • Sophie Divry Alison Anderson

        Sophie Divry vit Lyon Journaliste engag e au mensuel La D croissance, elle crit galement des chroniques litt raires pour le Monde Diplomatique La cote 400 est son premier roman.


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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 [...]


    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 [...]


    3. Une observation entomologique rend bien sûr la vie bien glauque. Qu'est-ce qu'on veut prouver en faisant cela ? La vie me semble être juste tout ce qui n'est pas dans ce livre.



    4. C'est un roman à la deuxième personne (tu), ce n'est pas si commun. Il relate un vie complète d'une femme "M.A.". Étrangement, j'ai pensé aux chansons de Bénabar en le lisant.J'ai beaucoup aimé la première partie (la meilleure des trois je trouve), remplie de souvenirs de la vie française des années 70 (des références qui me parlent à travers mes propres parents et mon enfance à la campagne). Il y a de très jolies phrases, très poétiques sur une atmosphère désabusée et de pes [...]


    5. À lire ce livre, on a l'impression de disséquer nos propres vies, même si elles ne sont évidemment jamais mentionnées. En se demandant pourquoi l'héroïne ne cherche pas à créer son propre sens à sa vie, on finit par se poser la question à soi-même. Livre qui laisse un malaise nécessaire, 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 [...]


    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, al [...]


    8. De manière générale 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 à égaler le chef d'oeuvre de Flaubert auquel il fait cependant des appels du pied réguliers. L'impression qui s'en dégage est celle dérangeante d'un miroir tendu par l'auteur pour refléter nos propres vies, nos prores renoncements. Ecrit intégralement à la seconde personne du singulier ce roman tire parf [...]


    9. Cette description de la vie d'une personne née à la fin des années 50, écrit à la deuxième personne du singulier, m'a laissé quelque peu désepsèré Néanmoins, je veux croire qu'on choisit son destin, et q'il existe d'autres alternatives à la vie médiocre de cette héroine.


    10. Après avoir lu "La cote 400" et "Quand le diable sortit de la salle de bain" avec plaisir, mes attentes étaient peut-être trop hautes Je me suis arrêtée au bout de 50 pages, trop agacée par l'écriture à la deuxième personne du singulier.


    11. Je n'ai pas vraiment aimé ce livre, je l'ai trouvé déprimant avec cette femme qui n'est jamais contente Je n'en vois pas vraiment l'intérêt, ça 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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