Friday, November 09, 2007
I finished Madame Bovary this week. Great book. But what a wretched woman! I have gone back to reading about Amy Carmichael. What contrast! Though one is fictional, these two women provide something to ponder. Madame Bovary spends her life overlooking the happiness right under her nose to pursue a euphoria that doesn't even exist. How interesting to pick up Amy Carmichael's biography and see the sheer joy she possessed by choosing not to love the things of this world. I am really looking forward to reading more of her story. It is compelling to me that we often choose the self-serving path of Madame Bovary when both history and fiction show us how futile it is. What a sad fact that Carmichael stands in such minority!