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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 ineuitable 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 uite 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


10 thoughts on “Indiana

  1. says:

    ‘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 there was nothing sane amidst the high drama in this story There was no sane person among the characters in this story All of whom deserved to be slapped repeatedly by the way At some point when reading this I asked whether Sand wrote this as satire but apparently she did not This was apparently an earnest attempt at a story and at characters I am really torn about this book because I can't decide whether I liked it plot characters and style were all over the place There were inconceivable and weird turns there were high dramatics there were tantrums there was a lot of sentimentality And yet at no point did I want to set the book aside At no point did I want to DNF this I guess this is because the plot was so incredibly packed with moments that astonished me that I just had to watch this train wreck of a novel until the end And what an end this was view spoiler So we get two of the characters on the way to fulfil a suicide pactThey jumpAnd yet they survive?How did they miss the cliff?Was this simply meant to be metaphorical?WTF? hide spoiler


  2. says:

    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 class and gender ineuality in early 19th century FranceWhat led me to this novel was my interest in the author George Sand after having read a biography Her highly unconventional lifestyle included several extra marital affairs with well known men one being Frederic Chopin the composer and a lesbian affair with actress Marie Dorval Later in life she became good friends with Gustave Flaubert Her interesting life is the subject of Elizabeth Berg's current bestseller The Dream Lover A Novel of George Sand


  3. says:

    In her two prefaces that of 1832 when Indiana first released ― George Sand was 28― and that of 1848 when it was republished she explains why and how she wrote this novel She had already a great experience of life for such a young woman at the beginning of the 19th century and above all she a luminous intelligenceI wrote Indiana I had to write Indiana Is the cause I was defending so small? It is that of half of the human race it is that of the entire human race; for the woe of women leads to that of men as that of the slaves leads to that of the masters and I tried to show it in Indiana It has been said that it was an individual cause that I pleaded; as if I had been the only unfortunate human being in this peaceful and radiant humanity Enough cries of pain and sympathy responded to mine so that I now know about the supreme bliss of others I wrote Indiana with the unreasoned feeling it is true but deep and legitimate of the injustice and barbarity of the laws that still govern the existence of the woman in marriage in the family and the society I did not have to make a treatise on jurisprudence but to wage war against public opinion; because it is she who delays or prepares social improvements The war will be long and hard; but I am neither the first nor the only nor the last champion of such a beautiful cause and I will defend it as long as I have a breath of life leftGeorge Sand was full of strength and sincerity when she described the ill established relationship between men and women by the fact of society She only did her job as a storyteller by telling the truth about the society of her time that put the woman below all elseYet the character of Indiana the woman is very miserable it will take many years for this young innocent woman uneducated unloved to understand the men around her and to understand herself She will deliver throughout the novel an exhausting struggle against the society that denies her being a woman but who wants to make her an angel while she is a human being made of flesh blood and heartThe husband who represents the legitimacy the law is as blind as she is Oh he doesn’t have the best partThe lover the tempter the society gave him the illusion that the world was there only to please him that luxuriousness were there only to be seized by his white and soft hand that women were there only to satisfy the pleasure of men like him Why would he seek to change this society that fills him with his benefits?As for the good man he is easily recognizable he is the one who does not seek to look bright in society the one who forgets himself for the benefit of othersYes you can read Indiana for its advocacy for women's freedom to know History through this story or simply to read a good and beautiful story But when you have read Indiana so you will come back to it to impregnate yourself with George Sand’s knowledge of the world deep understanding of men and women’s soul and the great intelligence that she puts at your fingertips in a clear simple bright and attaching style


  4. says:

    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 itI know of George Sand from her relationship with Chopin but this is the first book I have read by herIt is the story of a Creole woman the older version of the word meaning anyone born in the islands no matter their ethnicity She marries a much older man one who is commanding but she does not love Most of the novel takes place around the July Revolution 1830 in France events that lead to the loss of some of his financial stability This along with her friend's death and her discovered love affair inspires him to move them back to Reunion So half the novel takes place in gloomy France and the second half takes place in Reunion The landscape of Reunion becomes important in the story just do a Google image search for Bernica so beautiful Indiana's cousin Sir Ralph helped raise her during her childhood on the island has accompanied her to France when she gets married and returns with them to the island This becomes very important because while it is obvious to the reader it is not obvious to Indiana that he has been pining for her The man she has the love affair with causes all sorts of dramatic problems to be expected considering the era but it was frustrating that even with the death of her friend she still feels entitled to this relationship Most of the dramatic moments in the book take place through angst ridden letters or long declarative speeches Not my favorite thing Also entwined in this novel is commentary on women and their place in society how they have no control over their own lives but Sand fights back a bit In passages like this Indiana reasserts the right to her personhood Most of what I marked are versions of this sentiment ‘I know I’m the slave and you’re the lord The law of the land has made you my master You can tie up my body bind my hands control my actions You have the right of the stronger and society confirms you in it But over my will Monsieur you have no power God alone can bend and subdue it So look for a law a dungeon an instrument of torture that gives you a hold over me It’s as if you wanted to touch the air and grasp space’ And she does prove exactly how much will she has by following the direction of another man in the end Yeah Spoiler alert


  5. says:

    Indiana was the first published solo novel written by Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin whose adopted pen name starting with this book was George SandI had never read a book written by this author so chose for my first Indiana the United State in which I was born Indiana is the name of the story's heroine She is married to a man much older than she in a loveless marriage Other characters are her maid Noun isn't that a neat name? Ralph Brown her cousin and Ramon de Ramiere a dandy who shows an interest in both Noun and Indiana The novel deals with many typical nineteenth century themes These include adultery social constraint and unfulfilled longing for romantic love The plot itself was entertaining I did not enjoy however the long winded solilouies of the main characters There were not many of them but just enough to be boringI am glad that I read this book 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 on3 stars


  6. says:

    What a horribly tragic tale Damn you George Sand


  7. says:

    Wow this was a disappointmentI 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 breakThis 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 conseuences lots of fainting and suicide I wasn't expecting it for one thing and it was also just not enjoyable If you'd like to read this book get ready for long speeches with illogical reversals that explain everything at the last minute; guys who hear their girlfriend fell off a horse and start slitting their throats in despair before asking if she's okay; exoticism and Creoles; constant comments about purity and women and duty; pains in the assThis story is positioned as a tragic romance or a tale of seduction or a love affair but there are actually zero of those things in it Sex in this book is really weird Indiana the woman in a loveless marriage is spiritless and resigned When the epic derp Raymon decides to become her lover — basically as a game with classic She's All That nuance — she is excited but that is all They are not in love view spoilerMore than once she leaves her husband for him but Indiana and Raymon never even have sex hide spoiler


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    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 ineuitable French marriage laws of the time and it isn't that It's something much ambitious and subtle The important thing George Sand knows is something about Indiana herself and the conditions of her life and personality that make her particularly vulnerable to the type of love offered by Raymon de Ramiere It's also something about the form her love takes a constant struggle between the desire to sacrifice and the desire to fight back I think part of the problem might be in the balance between the two impulses The moments of rebellion are important and deserve weight than they get in the novel I wanted to know about Indiana's inner life and about what the struggle is like for herInstead Sand's clearest vision is turned on Raymon who was my favorite part of the book in spite of the fact that he's unremittingly terrible As I was reading I kept thinking that he's like a train wreck except that turns out to be an insufficient metaphor because a train wreck is usually a one time event Raymon just keeps happening to people His selfishness and stupidity repeatedly combine to put him in the most absurd situations which would almost be funny if they weren't so tragic for everyone else involved Next to Raymon and his capacity for creating disaster Sir Ralph and Indiana's husband seem almost nonexistent which makes the novel's ending difficult to accept Sand's problem I think is that there's no realistically good ending for Indiana and the outlines of her character are too vague to support anything very melodramatic I'm interested to read her later novels though and see if she comes back at the problem from a different angle


  9. says:

    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 onesI 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 started the third part something happened I don't know if it was simply that I got used to the writing style or if it was because Indiana showed some spine even if no brain Or maybe it was the fact that the story moved out of the Delmare residence and into Paris and I got to know their characters and their motivations better There were some excellent indictments against French society and male dominance And the plot thickened repeatedly I was kept wondering if we would get a happy ending or true Greek style tragedy It was worth the read after all but I kept thinking of that game where you add with a chainsaw after a title and there were times when I really wanted Indiana with a chainsaw instead of Indiana the Doormat who just wants to be loved


  10. says:

    There are moments of exaltation and ecstasy when our thoughts become in a way pure subtle ethereal These rare moments raise us up so high carry us so far out of ourselves that when we fall back to earth we lose the consciousness and the memory of that intellectual intoxication Who can understand the anchorite’s mysterious visions? Who can relate the dreams of the poet before his emotion has cooled so that he can write them down for us?