Gemma Bovery Gosh. Does Simmonds intend to update Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary ? Her heroine is unhappily hitched and quick to cuckold her dull husband (also named… Gemma Bovery Gosh. Does Simmonds intend to update Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary ? Her heroine is unhappily hitched and quick to cuckold her dull husband (also named… Pantheon
Book Review

Gemma Bovery

EW's GRADE
D

Details Writer: Posy Simmonds; Publisher: Pantheon

Gosh. Does Simmonds intend to update Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary? Her heroine is unhappily hitched and quick to cuckold her dull husband (also named Charles), while a nosy neighbor cites Flaubert's original ad nauseam. But the resemblance stops there. Where Emma is at turns insufferably selfish and hopelessly tragic, modern-day Gemma is a snore, a Bridget Jones knockoff prone to penning such ridiculous diary entries as ''How can an affair be bad when it makes me feel so good?'' Oh, how about when said affair ends with her untimely death at the hands of . . . the Heimlich maneuver?

Originally posted Feb 14, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints