Indiana The first novel that George Sand wrote without a collaborator this is not only a vivid romance but also an impassioned plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time and for a

  • Title: Indiana
  • Author: George Sand Sylvia Raphael Naomi Schor
  • ISBN: 9780192837974
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first novel that George Sand wrote without a collaborator, this is not only a vivid romance, but also an impassioned plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time, and for a new view of women It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman, married at sixteen to a much older man She falls in love with her handsome, frivolous neighbor,The first novel that George Sand wrote without a collaborator, this is not only a vivid romance, but also an impassioned plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time, and for a new view of women It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman, married at sixteen to a much older man She falls in love with her handsome, frivolous neighbor, but discovers too late that his love is quite different from her own This new translation, the first since 1900, does full justice to the passion and conviction of Sand s writing, and the introduction fully explores the response to Sand in her own time as well as contemporary feminist treatments.

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    1. ‘You’ve been unbelievably imprudent!’ said Raymon, carefully closing the door behind him. ‘And my servants know you’re here! They’ve just told me.’‘I made no secret of my presence,’ she replied coldly, ‘and, as for the word you use, I think it ill-chosen.’‘I said imprudent; I ought to have said insane.’‘I would have said courageous. But it doesn’t matter.'No, no, it does matter, and I would like to get back to using the word insane. This novel was insane. Seriously, [...]

    2. .This was the first novel of Amantine Aurore Dupin, better known in the literary world as George Sand. It is the story of Indiana, a young French Creole girl who grew up on the Isle of Bourbon, known today as Reunion. She is married to an older French nobleman and living in Paris. The plot revolves around her unhappy marriage, her love for a handsome young neighbor, and her friendship with Ralph, her loyal cousin and protector. The themes of the novel touch on adultery, unfulfilled love, and cla [...]

    3. I only read this book because it is set on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar, wanting to read as many books set as many places in Africa as I cross countries and occupied territories off of my list. Technically Reunion is part of France, but isn't anywhere near it.I know of George Sand from her relationship with Chopin, but this is the first book I have read by her.It is the story of a "Creole" woman (the older version of the word, meaning anyone born in the islands, no matter thei [...]

    4. Opening lines:Par une soirée d’automne pluvieuse et fraîche, trois personnes rêveuses étaient gravement occupées, au fond d’un petit castel de la Brie, à regarder brûler les tisons du foyer et cheminer lentement l’aiguille de la pendule.The original French text is available at La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec.Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide.The audio version in English is available at LibriVox.And the audio version in French is available at Literature audio.

    5. Spent the first half of this book increasingly disgusted with the plot and the characters. I didn't care what happened to them. I also wondered if it read better in French. The dialogue especially seemed odd to me. (For clarification, I am used to reading 19th century novels, but I am mainly used to reading English ones.)I kept reading mainly because I needed the book for a challenge, and because I was intrigued by the glimpses into French culture during the Bourbon Restoration. Then when I star [...]

    6. I picked up this book at a library book sale because I recognized the author’s name. I know of George Sand because of the 1991 movie “Impromptu” starring Hugh Grant. From that (historically dubious) movie I learned that Sand was a pre-feminist feminist, who in the 1800’s wore pants and had an affair with Chopin. That was enough to pique my interest. It was a good instinct, because “Indiana” is a passionate feminist treaty, wrapped up in a gothic romance. Indiana herself is a typical [...]

    7. I spent most of the book wanting to slap Indiana. Although an infuriating character who didn't conform to my own wishes, I was rooting for her throughout the story. It's not exactly a happy ending though.

    8. I'm currently in the final stages of writing a dissertation, so there's a chance I might be projecting my own mental state onto George Sand. But, reading Indiana, I constantly felt like she had something important to say that wasn't fully making its way into the text. The back cover of my copy promises "a powerful plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time", and it isn't that. It's something much more ambitious and subtle. The important thing George Sand knows is somethi [...]

    9. On one level, Indiana is about the numerous attempts of Raymon, a debauched aristocrat, to seduce Indiana Delmare, a simple and innocent girl just returned from Reúnion (called Ile Borboun in the novel, its then name), a French colony in the Indian Ocean. On a deeper level, however, Sand clearly is concerned with that preoccupation of so many in the decades after the Enlightenment--does "civilization" necessarily corrupt? Are those raised away from the artificiality of metropolitan culture clos [...]

    10. Wow this was a disappointment.I disliked this so much, I thought for a while that I was going to one-star it. But, somewhere there is some benefit of the doubt for it. (Plus, I've still only ever one-starred one book, and that seems a stern record to break.)This book is melodrama city and I did not like it. This is melodrama like origin-of-the-word melodrama: no realism, immobile characters, senseless actions with huge consequences, lots of fainting and suicide. I wasn't expecting it, for one th [...]

    11. GEORGSE SAND "INDIANA"Ką gi, paskutinė knyga perskaityta 2016 metais. 130 -oji knyga. Buvau sau užsibrėžusi tikslą perskaityti 100 knygų, ir tikrai savim didžiuojuosi, jog pavyko jį pagerinti. Gavau daug žinučių ir komentarų su klausimais kokiu būdu man pavyksta taip greitai skaityti knygas. Ar kartais tiesiog jų "neskanuoju" akimis ar skaitau greituoju skaitymu per daug nesigėrėdama, o tiesiog skubėdama. Tikrai ne. Kiekviena knyga man kaip atskira kelionė, į kiekvieną jų [...]

    12. This book was depressing. I enjoyed, in a masochistic way, some of what seemed like humour in the book when it was talking about how much more selfish the wet blanket Ralph was than the rake Raymon and also how morally upright and genuine Raymon was. I despised him. He had a kind of white, wealthy male narcissistic personality disorder. Indiana's husband was simply a horrible boor, and even the supposedly noble Ralph was misogynistic in his view of her as a fragile object or a non-sentient godde [...]

    13. яких тільки психоеротичних драм не вигадували собі люди у страшні часи відсутності інтернету, серіалів у телевізорі чи хоча б легкодоступних публічних бібліотек, забитих цікавими книжечками. утім, якби проблеми, якими ці драми супроводжуються, стосувалися всіх порівну й [...]

    14. If I remember well, Indiana is the first George's published novel and fortunatly for us, it was not the last one! If you haven't done it yet, dear female readers, read George Sand, this female French author from the 19th is worth it, and it's the less I can say.

    15. Indiana, the titular heroine, is delicate, angelically beautiful, and also insane. She is supposed to encompass the perfect woman- true in both duty and love, two opposing ideals that lead her to constantly change her mind in a schizophrenic attempt to mold to the author's idea of sublime virtue and self-sacrifice. She faints on cue, she speaks in melodramatic prose, she plots to kill herself several times over. One example of her behavior:"Almost hysterical, she left the few clothes and the lit [...]

    16. George Sand is one of the slightly more obscure nineteenth century authors. I think she is probably better known for being Chopin's lover than for her novels. I'd like to say that this is a pity, but unfortunately, I found Indiana disappointing. It is the story of Indiana, a young, naive woman who is married to a much older man. She falls in love with a dashing aristocrat, Raymon, but the experience turns out to be extremely painful due to his shallowness and egoism. However, the light at the en [...]

    17. The novels dips briefly into high-drama, gothic romantic lands, a cool-eyed look at delusional romance permeates.The main character,a young woman, Indiana is married to and older, brutish man who does not understand her temperment. She falls prey to a serial-seducer, who harbers his own romantic follies. Indiana's naivete does not allow her to see through the speculative actions of the romancer. Then everything comes to disaster.There is some similarities to this portrayal of romance with Flaube [...]

    18. "Ştiu că ai darul de a lăuda ; dar nu te aştepta să-mi trezeşti vanitatea. Eu nu am nevoie de omagii, ci de afecţiune. Trebuie să mă iubeşti fără împărţeală, fără întoarcere, fără rezervă; trebuie să fii gata să-mi sacrifici tot, avere, reputaţie, datorie, afaceri, principii, familie: tot, domnule, fiindcă voi pune acelaşi devotament în balanţă şi vreau să fie egală. Vezi bine că nu mă poţi iubi astfel !"

    19. Blind and fake love cause great damages, but the heroine of this book has managed not only to survive (even though, she had some terrible thoughts of suicide), but she decided she was worth living and to be loved. I don't support some actions of Indiana, but I also can't blame her for them. This book is about women's emancipation and brings up the problems of unhappy marriages and love affairs. I like that the author was bold enough to mention woman's despair in loveless marriage.

    20. A very beautiful but sad novel by George Sand, with conventions from Romanticism and Realism. The novel addresses love and marriage, the complex nature of human relationship, marital duties and fidelity, jealousy, gender differences, and the powerful influence of society.

    21. After enjoying Mauprat, it was inevitable that I was going to read another Sand novel. Indiana seemed to be well-known, and available in translation, so that was that choice made! As an interesting sidenote, it was her first novel (excluding a collaboration).Let’s take a look at the blurb, courtesy of the Academy Chicago Publishers edition (2nd printing, 1984): A beautiful, very young woman married to a much older man meets and falls in love with the fashionable rake who has already seduced he [...]

    22. ایندیانا در نو جوانی با مردی مسن و خشن ازدواج میکند در واقع از خانه پدری خشن به خانه همسری خشن میرود او هیچگاه عشق را نشناخته به همین دلیل زمانی که جوانی زیبا و به ظاهر نجیب زاده ولی در واقع هوسباز و عیاش در زندگیش پید ا میشود عاشق او شده و حیثیت و زندگی اش را در راه این عشق میباز [...]

    23. This is one of Sand's earliest works in a long and successful career as an author. Yet, "Indiana" is pretty often all one sees by Sand in most brick/mortar bookstores.

    24. I read the first few chapters and the end, but jumped around in the middle. From what I did read, the author is supremely talented.A book written by a women under a male pseudonym. There is debate whether the story champions realism or Utopianism. The Colonel is an older dude who married a pretty 19-year old. Her cousin, Sir Ralph, the person who raised her, loves her, (but was forced to marry his elder brother's fiancé?). He is young and close in age to Indiana. Indiana is in an unhappy marria [...]

    25. Indiana est une jeune créole de bonne famille, élevée à l'île Bourbon - aujourd'hui La Réunion. Elle a épousé pour son malheur un officier, âgé et brutal, et vit dans la tristesse d'un château près de Fontainebleau. Ses seuls réconforts sont sa soeur de lait, Noun, et les visites de son cousin. Quittant son mari pour le séducteur volage de Noun, Indiana se retrouve dans le plus complet dénuement. Sauvée par son cousin Ralph, elle finira par trouver avec lui la quiétude à l'île [...]

    26. George Sand (real name: Amandine Lucile-Aurore Dupin, the baroness of Dudevant; 1804-1876) is one of my favorite authors. She was not only an incredibly talented and prolific writer of the Romantic era, but also a courageous individual because she wrote at a time when women were not widely respected as novelists. As a result, she endured a list of epithets on her persona such as man-eater, anti-matrimonialist, and Lesbian. She was none of these things, but she was enough of a non-conformist to l [...]

    27. George Sand makes Jane Austen seem fluff, at least in terms of this novel. I still can't believe the amount of on-the-stage, in-your-face, violence that occur here. While the title may suggest we'll get to know Indiana, it's really the men in her life who dominate the tale. We know she was married quite young, to an older man (Monsieur Delmare) whom she doesn't love. We know that she sometimes daydreams about some more powerful romantic force entering her life and saving her from her existence o [...]

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