Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Last night, our book club was discussing Madame Bovary, and we had a good laugh over the songs it brought to mind. So, nerd that I am, I took the time to assemble a whole could-be album.
I realize the interpretation below is just one of many possible takes on the story, and it’s not even necessarily my favorite. But it is certainly musically compatible.
If this looks boring to you, at least check out #12 before you browse elsewhere- it was a gem of a find. Anything I missed? Suggestions welcome.
***Note: This list may reveal elements of the story’s plot, but by the time they happen, you’ll put nothing past Madame Bovary anyway. The book is still worth reading.
1.Wrapped Up In Books (lyrics)
Belle & Sebastian
Emma thinks her life will reflect the romance novels she hides from the nuns.
2.Love and Marriage (lyrics)
But then she marries Charles and is disappointed.
3.A Very Stylish Girl (lyrics from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Dimitri from Paris
Surely she is destined for more. A higher class, a noble passion!
4.Talk Dirty To Me (lyrics)
Emma and Leon are in intellectual love but don’t move past brain sex.
5.Love the One You’re With (lyrics)
Leon moves away. Emma cares about her family for awhile.
6.Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
That didn’t last long.
7.Till Love Touches Your Life/The Lady Is A Tramp (lyrics)
Is it love, or lust? Either way, Emma’s boots get very muddy.
8.You Can’t Always Get What You Want (lyrics)
The Rolling Stones
…and Rodolphe doesn’t want Emma. He leaves, she wilts.
9.Tickle the Ivories Rag
Piano lessons will revive her! Tickle the what, again?
10.Seaside Rendezvous (lyrics)
Emma and Leon practice lots of things. She feels better and worse.
11.Baby I’m Broke (lyrics)
Emma’s good at fashion but bad at math, and no one can help.
12.Put Arsenic in the Frosting Next Time (lyrics)
Johnny Hobo And The Freight Trains
Everyone pretends it was a baking mishap.
13.And I Love Her (lyrics)
Charles grows old and bearded and sad.