Indiana ebook

by George Sand

Indiana is a novel about love and marriage written by Amantine Aurore Dupin; it was the first work she published under her pseudonym George Sand. Published in April 1832, the novel blends the conventions of romanticism, realism and idealism

Indiana is a novel about love and marriage written by Amantine Aurore Dupin; it was the first work she published under her pseudonym George Sand. Published in April 1832, the novel blends the conventions of romanticism, realism and idealism. As the novel is set partly in France and partly in the French colony of Réunion, Sand had to base her descriptions of the colony, where she had never been, on the travel writing of her friend Jules Néraud.

I ended up donating this book to my local library before moving off to college, but I do wish I still had my copy so I could revisit these dark and complex characters.

George Sand is the pen name of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, Baroness Dudevant, a 19th century French novelist and memoirist. Sand is best known for her novels Indiana, Lélia, and Consuelo, and for her memoir A Winter in Majorca, in which she reflects on her time on the island with Chopin in 1838-39. A champion of the poor and working classes, Sand was an early socialist who published her own newspaper using a workers' co-operative and scorned gender conventions by wearing men's clothing and smoking tobacco in public. George Sand died in France in 1876.

LibriVox recording of Indiana, by George Sand. Read by Mary Herndon Bell. This is George Sand's first novel

LibriVox recording of Indiana, by George Sand. This is George Sand's first novel.

Might read another George Sand since this was her first book; she might have gotten better!! I did enjoy that the author inserted herself into the book, occasionally offering her opinion of the goings-on.

GEORGE SAND was born as le Dupin on 1 July 1804

GEORGE SAND was born as le Dupin on 1 July 1804. From her father’s death in 1808, she was raised at Nohant in Berry, France, which was her grandmother’s home and in which she herself would spend the greater part of her life, although she travelled widely and frequently stayed in Paris.

Born re Dupin, George Sand (1804–1876) was a French romantic novelist and memoirist. She was raised in the countryside, and her appreciation for it influenced her work. In 1831, following a divorce, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote articles for the newspaper Le Figaro. She then adopted the pseudonym George Sand, subsequently releasing her novel Indiana, which rejected the notions of the time that a woman must be subservient to her husband-and brought Sand immediate fame. She followed this with two other novels, Lélia and Valentine, which encompassed the same themes.

This is George Sand's first novel

This is George Sand's first novel. Her real name was Amantine (or Amandine) Lucile Dupin, and she later became baroness Dudevant. As an aristocratic woman living in 19th century France, she chose her first novel to be, above all, a realistic work. Indiana is trapped since the age of 16 in a loveless marriage with a rich, much older, man. Her only real friend is her cousin, sir Ralph, who, sometimes, just does things which are- logically- the best for her but- mentally- the worst he could do. She tries to find means of escape.

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This is George Sand's first novel.

This is George Sand's first novel.

This is a phenomenal book! I picked it up after learning that one of my favorite bands, Meg & Dia, used this book/character as the inspiration behind their song, "Indiana." Sure enough, as I made my way through the pages of this book, I noticed similarities between their lyrics and the text. Although this certainly did not become my all-time favorite book, it DID introduce me to George Sand who did become one of my favorite authors. I ended up donating this book to my local library before moving off to college, but I do wish I still had my copy so I could revisit these dark and complex characters.
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Literary Touchstone Edition, written in 1879, was one of those "school-assignment" books that I had to read in high school (or was it college?). I should give it a re-read, now that there is no "test" on it. It was billed as one of the first works that addressed a woman's place (often unhappy) in marriage, and to a larger extent, society. It remains one of the most frequently performed plays in the world today. Yet almost half a century earlier, a female author, George Sand, no doubt reflecting some painful experience, wrote this novel whose central theme is essentially the same, and it is richer and more complex than A Doll's House - Literary Touchstone Edition, and sadly overlooked by the modern reader, including, until the past week, by this reviewer. "Indiana" was published in 1832 when Sand was only 28, yet seems to contain a full lifetime of experience in the relationship between the sexes. I have read her quite lengthy autobiography, Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand (Suny Series, Women Writers in Translation), and visited her still existing chateau in Nohant twice, and while not exactly a "Sand groupie," I remain in awe how this one woman was able to both understand so much and attract so many male artistic and literary giants of her time, including, most famously, Chopin.

Many of the reviews posted on this book seem to relate to one or more versions which are English translations. I read the French version, the "Folio classique" which is currently pictured, with an excellent introduction by Béatrice Didier. In a bit more than 20 pages, she provides the modern reader the historical background and context of the novel. For example, she explains how the woman born as Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, later with the married name of Aurore Dudevant became known to us as George Sand. It was a turbulent time in French history (I know, which period has not been!) France had been through the original Revolution of 1789, and its aftermath, then the Napoleonic period, and empire, followed by the restoration of the monarchy under Louis XVIII and then Charles X. The novel is set immediately before, and during the Second French Revolution, or the July Revolution of 1830, which saw a transition for the more absolute rule of the House of the Bourbons to the House of the Orleans, under Louis Philippe. Dedier discusses how the three principal male characters, Ralph, Raymond and Indiana's husband, M. Delmare, each represent, respectively, one of the principal strains of political thought, in support of the Republic (they'd have to wait until 1848), the Monarchy, and the Empire (of Napoleon). Dedier also discusses the "Ophelia devise." The dog is name Ophelia, and is associated with scenes of drowning and suicide.

The central dynamic of the plot is Indiana's relationship with the three men as previously mentioned: her husband, stuck in the Napoleonic past; her ever-so-elusive prospective lover, Raymond, and her cousin, childhood friend, and surrogate father, Ralph. At times the drama, as well as the dialogue can be melodramatic, especially from the perspective of the modern reader. But there is considerable dynamic tension throughout the book, with sufficient plausible turns and twists to maintain a high level of interest. Again and again I was astonished at the depth of Sand's understanding, particularly for her age, of the many missed opportunities that make up so many human relations. Indiana herself often comes across as naïve (and Dedier, in the preface, makes a point of saying she is NOT a surrogate for Sand herself, who was much more complex.) Raymond is depicted very much as a "cad," who takes advantage of the naivety, so it is fitting that he, in turn, experiences a much more complex and calculating woman who can manipulate him cynically. And in terms of a woman physically abused in a marriage, long before the daytime soap opera confessionals on TV, Sand convincingly portrays physical abuse in the marriage, but the wife has serious regrets about leaving her husband "because he needs me."!!

Another facet of the novel is how the colonies were a "safety value" for those discontented with French society. In particular, Indiana was raised on "L'Isle de Bourbon," modern day Reunion, the small island in the Indian Ocean, approximately 800 km east of Madagascar. It is viewed nostalgically as a "place of sanctuary." Today it is still a "department" of France, the furthermost point from Europe were the Euro is legal tender. Almost two centuries later, the fantasy endures: a remote island, far from today's troubles, where one can find both peace and love. Does it require a Deus ex machine or will an ange ex machine be sufficient? 5-stars for Sand's debut novel, which will lead inexorably to her next: Lelia.
Wow! I can see why this novel was an instant success when published! It has beautiful prose, even though it is filled with the flowery language and some unfamiliar words of the period . It is an important book and should be read by anyone wanting to read classics of the time! That said, it has universal appeal and lessons for today, as well. I am reading historical fiction about Sand's life (The Dream Lover) at the same time and can imagine Sand "writing Indiana all through the night" as Berg explains in Dream Lover. In Indiana, one can see themes underlying the plot on many layers. One layer is the social mores for men and women, with a double standard and oppression of women: privileges men have just because of their gender, economic dependency of women on men where a husband was in charge of his wife's financial resources, etc. Another layer is the struggle to travel and obstacles therein. The description of the various settings Indiana experiences is detailed and powerful, especially in Bourbon. Above all of this, Indiana is a woman's book in that a woman can understand Indiana's thinking and state of mind regarding romance. (a generalization, of course-men should read it with an open mind). Otherwise, why would Indiana put herself through all the suffering for her love?! My husband and I shared it and it opened a good dialogue. There is so much powerful writing about relationships, as well. We feel deeply for the characters-I really came to loathe Raymond and feel compassion for Indiana's husband, in spite of his actions, some of which were reprehensible! I enjoyed reading it slowly and reflectively, although it moves along well enough to go more quickly. Enjoy!!
The melodrama is so thick you can cut it with a knife, no a stiletto! I love melodrama! Thats why we read books, isn't it? I will admit that I was going to rate this book at only four stars towards the end of the story. But George Sand pulled it out, pulled it off, saved the day, saved the book! And she performed this miracle in the most surprising, unexpected, flabbergasting, jaw-dropping DENOUEMENT of all time! So don't stop reading before the last page. And buckle-up with a load of kleen-ex, cause its gonna be a wild and crazy, tear-jerking ride!
Hard to believe that this novel was written (and beautifully so) two hundred years ago! Sometimes a bit self conscious in preaching but still a valuable reminder that women have been fighting for equal rights for a long time. Sand is a brilliant observer of the political spectrum whose projected audience would have been far more astute in picking up,those innuendos than I. Read it as more of a period piece than just another novel of dysfunctional families? Thi was Sand's first novel on her own and it established her reputation overnight.
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