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Gemma Bovery - Posy Simmonds

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Posy Simmonds / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 112 Pages / Book is published 2000-10-19 by Jonathan Cape Ltd

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      18.03.2009 00:03
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      Characters and their values

      Art appears to be imitating life...or is it? This is quite a penetrating literary mystery; well conceived, intelligently written and also artfully blended with comic drawings.

      All characters are in a small way culpable, but the significance is less memorable than the scenario and the setting, which provides much room to satirise the cultural clashing between England and France. Great stuff.

      The self-conscious Englishness is biting and true. The veiled critique of middle-class values and 'self-improvement' when they escape to the country, starts to wane against the reality of being out a fish out of water, trying to find work etc...And there are more and more English finding themselves in French countryside 'escapes'.

      Meanwhile, the French characters have their own prejudices and out of the miasma emerges a simple tragedy in the ambition to be find a romantic ideal.

      The affair is entertaining though, and we see society has similar restrictions in many ways to the real literary French classic 'Emma Bovary'. It's unusual to find such a well-written and well-illustrated graphic book.

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