c’est moi

Literary Tattoos: Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

This is Amy’s tattoo:

Madame Bovary is my absolute favorite book. I’ve read it dozens of times by many different translators, and I think it grows in beauty every time.

I know Emma Bovary is supposed to be an unlikeable character, but I’ve always identified with her. I just admire her quest to make life more beautiful; even if she makes a mess of things ultimately, who doesn’t want life to be filled with romance and passion and adventure?

I read the book trying to find the perfect quote to get tattooed, but ultimately went with something Flaubert himself said: “Madame Bovary, c’est moi,” or “Madame Bovary is me.” That’s how I feel — she is me.

The tattoo was done by Sam at Atomic in Milwaukee. I love that dude :D