About this book
This novel contrasts the hollowness of materialism with the beauty of the ideal. Comic moments woven into a love story set in 19th century post-revolutionary France.
Set against the backdrop of the 1848 Revolution, this is the story of young lawyer Frederic Moreau's infatuation with the demurely exotic Madame Arnoux. This ironic depiction of uneventful lives in a troubled period of European history is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.