Consuelo A novel of musical life set in the th century The story of Consuelo a Gypsy singer and her adventures in Venice Austria and Bohemia narrated by the most eminent of French female writers Sand was

  • Title: Consuelo
  • Author: George Sand
  • ISBN: 9781410107558
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • A novel of musical life set in the 18th century The story of Consuelo, a Gypsy singer, and her adventures in Venice, Austria and Bohemia, narrated by the most eminent of French female writers Sand was a prolific nearly 60 novels writer who shocked Paris with her own sexual escapades, but in her writing dealt with the serious issues of her time and was identified with tA novel of musical life set in the 18th century The story of Consuelo, a Gypsy singer, and her adventures in Venice, Austria and Bohemia, narrated by the most eminent of French female writers Sand was a prolific nearly 60 novels writer who shocked Paris with her own sexual escapades, but in her writing dealt with the serious issues of her time and was identified with the Romantic literary movement Sand s strong, independent women characters would win her both the adoration of many other writers mostly women and the wrath of many reviewers mostly men She and her characters are enthusiastic, outspoken, sententious, with a bold manifesto of women s independence and a legitimate claim to emotional and sexual fulfillment She was unique in her approach as a woman who refused to trivialize her craft because of her gender Sand became known for her eccentric lifestyle and love affairs with famous contemporaries, such as Alfred de Musset and Frederic Chopin, than her career as a writer.

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    1. This is a spectacular book for me but maybe no one else anywhere will read with great pleasure 816 pages of lively adventures of an 18th century opera singer! She has a wonderfully independent, modest and gracious temperament, and wanders from Venice through a gothic Bohemia to the Vienna of Maria Theresa on her path. Historical musicians and other artists appear as characters, e.g. Haydn, Porpora, Metastasio. Highly recommended to fans of 19th century nnovels!

    2. Just arrived from France through BM.This book starts as a "nouvelle venitienne" where Consuelo is good to singing. After that, the author changes the scenery to a castle in Boheme, then to Vienna (at the relevant time when Haydn debuted) and then to Berlin under the reign of Frederic.This huge book was written as a serial book and sometimes we loose track on the main story.This sequel is La Comtesse de Rudolstadt.

    3. I can't remember what made me pick up this mammoth of a book. Maybe George Sand was mentioned in my French lessons as a teenager and subconsciously made me choose it. And I don't regret it, even after taking me a month to finish and putting it down several times to read other books.It is a delightful book. Full of interesting events, ranging from the scandals and maliciousness of the opera world to the consequences of war, passing through the supernatural. It a tour of Europe and it's different [...]

    4. This one was my favorite during years of adolescence. I love how she follows him into the grotto and how he catches her singing and then feverishly trying to jump out the window. I skipped a lot of the historical Chech ruminatings that he was so obsessed on. Still think its one of the most powerful love stories with lots of interesting plot twists. I love her character - so passive, yet so determined and strong. All the family members in the castle were very endearing, especially in that they ca [...]

    5. Simply brilliant. In Consuelo, Sand examines the relationship between music, religious fervor, love, and insanity, among other things, whilst tossing in numerous fascinating historical figures from the 18th century. And even at the end of 800 pages, you feel as though you could keep on reading the young Porporina's adventures for another 10,000 pages. Thankfully there's a sequel!

    6. Snažím si urovnat myšlenky. Bolí mě hlava. Jsem zahlcena dojmy. Tak se to pokusím vzít od začátku.Část příběhu, který se odehrával v Benátkách, nejspíše zapůsobil na mou romantickou dušenku. Zamilovala jsem si jej a přestože tuším, že je to právě naopak, považuju tu část, z mého pohledu, za nejpovedenější. Anzoletto byl jednoduše postava, která měla něco do sebe a i mistr Porpora se mi tam zdál "milejší". Snad jen Consuela mi neseděla, byla zakřiknut [...]

    7. Consuelo along with La Comtesse de Rudolstadt are among my favourite nineteen century novels. It's George Sand's masterpiece and bizarrely they were the books she wrote in the worst of times, always on the run, always on deadline. Writing in the dead on night, after all the visitors were asleep, sitting in her little cupboard, writing, writing until 4 am, sending the pages barely edited to Paris from Nohant to be published in the paper. Consuelo started out as a novel about music, opera and Veni [...]

    8. Not everyone can dare to read a 800-pages long novel about a singer from the 18th century. But since I have a special predilection towards historical books (especially those about the middle Ages), I couldn't leave this book unread. The novel is very absorbing and addictive; especially the second part of the novel stunned me with the veracity and vivid descriptions of the sensual and sensitive worlds of the characters. Even if the book doesn't have a strong moralistic aspect or special genius in [...]

    9. Rereading this for some fourth time, and I still can't understand Hard to explain. Like, nowadays the ideas of reincarnation, clairvoyance and karma, and the concept of individual freedom promoted by the masons back in the days seem obvious nowadays, some sort of a mainstream esoterica, but how the hell did she manage to write this novel then?? It's truly amazing, and I wish there were more novels like this.

    10. Не нужно обладать привлекательной внешностью, чтобы добиться успеха в жизни. Необходимо лишь одно — прекрасный беллетрист, способный найти положительные моменты и добиться лучшего из возможных результатов. И, конечно, для этого нужно быть литературным персонажем, чья су [...]

    11. It is as good as a classical literature can be, in the way it is good. When judging the books like that you should mention a few points and remember that the mentality and the purpose of writing differed from today's. So I would say that I liked this book, I gave 5 stars to it because it shows the problems of women, their life and, moreover, from the point of view of a singer, a girl with casual appearance but perfect voice. I liked the plot and the main character, but I am not sure if I want to [...]

    12. Если кратко, то - понравилось, но продолжения не хочу. Мне по душе образ Консуэло, всю книгу я ей сопереживала, порой была шокирована, в некоторых особо мистических моментах волосы вставали дыбом Но под конец я устала от этой книги. все-таки не так просто погрузиться в ту жизн [...]

    13. Буду читать продолжение! Интригующая, затейливая история, от которой в итоге чтения получаешь совсем не то, чего ожидаешь. Консуэло - это такая невинность и чистота, которых, наверное не существует, и это может вызвать недоверие к автору и произведению. Но эта проникнутость [...]

    14. Music, mysteries and love. For me this story equals to Gone with the Wind - complicated love story, a fantasy set in historic events. Epic! If you love history and believable mysteries, and haven' t read this - well worth reading! Plus it qualifies as classic ;)

    15. I have no recollection what prompted me to pick up this behemoth, which one would be tempted to call overly florid and verbose if it didn't kick so much ass. A complex story, well-developed characters, plenty of romance and intrigue—it all makes for a marvelously enjoyable read.

    16. The translation I read this in was quite dated and I think some bits might have been censored, but it is a powerful novel all the same, with its portrayal of a young girl born in poverty who makes her fortune by becoming a singer.

    17. Read this book in my teens and absolutely adored it. I would like to re-read it soon to see if it will have similar effect on me

    18. Les premiers chapitres sont geniaux mais quelque part au milieu du livre l'histoire est devenue bizarre. C'est dommage car le style d'ecriture est magnifique.

    19. I read this book in my early teens and it has left a deep impression on me. This book actually broke my heart! I wish only if he lived!

    20. I read this novel in my early teens and I must say it really made a huge impact on me in a sense of what is love and what is beauty. To this day I remember that a beautiful woman is also modest.

    21. it was really wonderful. Konsuelo is like an angeld anzeleto or alibert"s love I think alibert is really sensible he thinks a lot of thinks, but he has torment

    22. • Mostly excellent narrative; but occassionally breaks the wall with trite 'dear reader' appeals and 'for reasons which we will explain later' deferrals which besmudge her style . • Well-rendered characters with unique personality traits. • Consistently realistic dialogue but descriptions and sense of place are applied with somewhat lax discipline. • Contains occassionally brilliant philosophical and psychological epithets which make up for some of the minor weaknesses of narrative. • [...]

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