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6 novels about grand passions

Romance holds its own as a literary genre, but what about passion? These six recommendations from Thomas Craughwell's "Great Books for every Book Lover" are messy, sensual, and tragic. You won't find many heroes or  happily ever afters here. 

- Daisy Alioto, Monitor contributor

1. ‘Madame Bovary,’ by Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary (née Emma Rouault) is a flighty but beautiful young wife with delusions of grandeur. She rejects her husband Charles for his failure to provide her with high romance and a grand literary style of living. Bovary self-destructs after conducting multiple affairs and accumulating staggering debt. 

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