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.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 inequality in early 19th century France.What 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 Indiana, was the first published solo novel written by Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, whose adopted pen name starting with this book was George Sand.I 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 soliloquies of the main characters There were not many of them, but just enough to be boring.I 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 on.3 stars 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 intelligence I 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 left George 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 else.Yet, 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 heart.The husband, who represents the legitimacy, the law, is as blind as she is Oh, he doesn t have the best part The 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 others.Yes, 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. 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 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 sentimentI 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 spaceAnd she does prove exactly how much will she has by following the direction of another man in the end Yeah Spoiler alert. Opening lines Par une soir e d automne pluvieuse et fra che, trois personnes r veuses taient gravement occup es, au fond d un petit castel de la Brie, regarder br ler les tisons du foyer et cheminer lentement l aiguille de la pendule.The original French text is available at La Biblioth que lectronique du Qu bec.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 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 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. Esta Apasionante Y Conmovedora Novela Narra La Historia De Indiana, Una Bella E Inocente Joven Obligada A Contraer Un Matrimonio De Conveniencia Con El Se Or Delmare, Un Estricto Y Anciano Coronel Ya Retirado Bajo El Ala Protectora De Su Primo, El Fiel Y Taciturno Sir Ralph, La Joven E Infeliz Esposa Vive Una Existencia Anodina En Una Rica Mansi N De Provincias Hasta Que Se Enamora Perdidamente Del Apuesto Raymon De Rami Re, Un Arist Crata Fr Volo Y Aparentemente Encantador Que Subvierte Toda Su Existencia Resucitada De Una Vida Desprovista De Alegr As, La Primera De Las Pasiones De Indiana Es Despertada Por El Hombre Equivocado La Inconstancia En Los Sentimientos De Raymon Y Su Enga Osa Personalidad Har N Tambalear El Coraz N De La Se Ora Delmare Entre La Indignaci N Y Una Atracci N Imposible De Dominar, Poniendo En Peligro Su Honor What a horribly tragic tale Damn you, George Sand The Goodreads description suggests this is a feminist novel We have moved so far from the context in which this could be considered such that it is hard to see it However, there is one strong scene in which Indiana tells her despotic husband that he cannot tell her how or what to think Such a radical position in 1832 M Delmare is not the most despicable of the male characters That position must be reserved for Raymon de Ramiere It was not the first time that Raymon saw a woman take love seriously, although, fortunately for society, such cases are rare but he knew that promises of love are not binding on a man s honour, again fortunately for society Sometimes, too, the woman who had demanded these solemn pledges from him was the first to break them.I don t think this was intended to be funny , but I couldn t help but laugh There were other passages of his wooing Indiana that were just over the top I did enjoy this, but perhaps the best of it, for me, was the introduction where Naomi Schor helped me clearly understand the literary period Sand came to writing at the very moment when, under the joint impetus of Stendhal and Balzac, the literary movement that has come to be known as realism was rising to the dominant position it was soon to achieve Seeking to obtain the literary legitimation that being a realist writer bestows, Sand s first edition of and first preface to Indiana are replete with protestations of her allegiance to the familiar ideology of realism, namely that it has no ideology it is pure reproduction, a mirror without a curve, a machine that merely registers material phenomena and events without distorting them The writer is only a mirror which reflects them society s inequalities and fate s whims , a machine which traces their outline, and he has nothing for which to apologize if the impressions are correct and the reflection is faithful As a fan of both Balzac and Stendahl and I hope to get to each of them this challenge season , I was very glad to read this section Indiana, Sand s first novel, comes in at the bottom of my 4 star group, and I might be a tad generous at that. 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 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 her.Instead, 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.