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The Country Waif Fran Ois Le Champi Is The Second Of The Three Pastoral Novels Which Rank Along With George Sand S Autobiographical Writing As Her Finest Work Although Simple In Themselves, These Tales Have Behind Them Much Of The Complex Experience Of Her Extraordinary Life As Mrs Zimmerman Writes In The Introduction, They Reflect Sand S Youthful Romanticism, Her Later Championing Of The Working Classes, And Her Desire To Record In Fiction That Was Both Poetic And Factual The Lives Of The People And The Region She Knew Best Set In The Countryside Of The Author S Native Province Of Berry, The Country Waif Tells The Story Of Fran Ois, An Orphan Boy Placed In A Rural Foster Home, And Madeline, The Miller S Wife Who Befriends Him Sand S Contemporary, Turgenev, Wrote That It Was In Her Best Manner, Simple, True, Affecting The Book Has Been Admired By Writers As Diverse As Willa Cather She Found It Supremely Beautiful And Andr Malraux, Who Considered It A MasterpieceAs Well As Examining The Setting, Language, And Narrative Mode Of The Novel, The Introduction Looks At Sand S Life, In Part From The Feminist Perspective, With Attention To The Sociopolitical Background Of The Post Napoleonic Era, When Aurore Dudevant Felt Impelled To Rebel Against Her Status As A Country Wife And To Become George Sand

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    Fran ois le champi A Country Waif is not one of the most celebrated novels in French literature It is not even the major work by George Sand, a fascinating woman but who does not rank at the very top of the French literary figures And yet, Le champi holds one of the keys to the greatest work in French literary modernism.This book stands at the beginning and at the end of La recherche tu temps perdu It is one of is multiple frames In the opening of La recherche it appears as the first novel to which Proust s young protagonist is exposed, and this conveys for him the feeling of mystery in literature It then surfaces again at the closing of Proust s work with a revelatory role We can then see this minor novel as actually inaugurating the beginning of time being wasted away while also signaling the possibility that lost time can be regained when we are approaching its end.Little did George Sand suspect, when she wrote this novel in 1848, that this work would play later on such a major literary role In her preface she explains how the end of the July monarchy and the 1848 revolution had interrupted the publication of her work These interfering circumstances however were the appropriate context for her work For her aims with this novel were social She wanted to present how a boy, a waif, could be honorable She wanted to break social stigmas A good for nothing could be good for everything Her aims were also aesthetic She wanted to find beauty in the common, in the everyday, and for this she chooses what she thinks is the simple life, the country life She draws then from the pastoral tradition to which she however has given a socio political twist and has transformed it into an engaged roman campagnard.In Fran ois le Champi, she constructed a story within a story A couple of characters, who remain inexplicable in spite of explicating themselves, discuss aesthetics and its application to real life At the core of this debate there is also a strong moral standpoint One of these two characters proceeds then to illustrate his points with the tale of the Champi This second story is the bulk of the novel.We can see these two dialoguing characters as the mouthpieces for Sand s view on art Nature is where beauty resides and it is the people who live close to it who live closer to truth and should be emulated je voudrais sentir la mani re du paysan.. Civilization has a denaturalizing effect literally j ai vu et j ai senti par moi m me, avec tous les r ves civilis s, que la vie primitive tait le r ve, l id al de tous les hommes et de tous les temps And the artist can have a special role in extracting the lessons from nature he can be its translator l artiste est charg de traduire cette candeur, cette gr ce, ce charme de la vie primitive, ceux qui ne vivent que de la vie factice.I wonder how much of Proust s interest in this novel was drawn to this fictitious dialogue I suspect that not much, even if some sentences seem to denote an echo in his writing entre la connaissance et la sensation, le rapport c est le sentiment My impression is that the attention of his young narrator is drawn directly to the tale of Fran ois le champi, a boy like himself In this second narrative, the plot is simple and the characters are simple The story, however, has baffled me What leaves me in suspense is that I would like to know why Proust chose to include this particular novel in such a prominent place in his own work Le Champi involves a surrogate mother and a young castaway and, easily to predict, love develops between the two This plot becomes a very tempting premise I have however preferred to push aside any Freudian lenses and looked through less pre colored filters For one, the young Narrator did not read the book himself, it was read to him by the mother She censored the sections that she thought were sensual and jumped over those passages Consequently a certain level of incomprehension was created but immediately endowed with a veil of mystery by this sensitive and highly imaginative young boy.A second factor would be that his exposure to Sand s work was through sound, through the warm voice of his dear mother Ces phrases qui semblaient crites pour sa voix To him it was the voice of sentiment elle insuflait cette prose si commune une vie sentimentale et continue and of goodness Both blended well with the moral tone of Sand s novel la prose de Sand, qui respire cette bont , cette distinction morale que maman avait appris de ma grand m re tenir pour sup rieures tout dans la vie And last there was the title For the word Le champi is not a common word in French Sand has one of her characters explain to the other that he is mistaken if he thinks it is a foreign word, for Montaigne had used it The title was incomprehensible to Proust s dreamy child as well sa couverture rouge tre et son titre incompr hensible donnaient pour moi une personalit distincte et un attrait myst rieux And the fascination that a word can enclose la source devait tre dans ce nom inconnu et si doux de Champi qui mettait sur l enfant qui le portait sans que je susse pourquoi, sa couleur vive, empourpr e et charmante is what endows the name with such a strong evocative power than it can make memories be relived or older selves resuscitate and possess the current identity.And so a copy of Fran ois le champi rests on the night table in Marcel s room in Tante L onie s house in Illiers Combray, an idilic countryside It is a witness that Time was Recovered and that we, posterity, continue to keep his Time ticking.

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    Proust fans will recall that this is the book Marcel s mother reads to him during the incident near the beginning of Combray, when he becomes distraught after not getting his goodnight kiss When I visited the Proust museum in Illiers Combray, I found that one room had been made up to look like a tableau of this scene, and there was indeed a copy of Fran ois le Champi lying on the bedside table.So, given the importance of the book to A la recherche du temps perdu, I thought I should read it some time Proust gives you no clue as to what it s about view spoiler I was rather shocked to discover that it s basically Oedipus Rex with a happy ending Fran ois is a foundling un champi in 19th century French rural slang , who is brought up by his kind, wise, beautiful foster mother and her good for nothing, alcoholic, abusive husband He becomes ever closer to her, and when the foster father meets a well deserved and timely end, he even ends up marrying her I couldn t believe this was legal, but maybe it was can anyone enlighten me hide spoiler

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    Quand on voit le style naturel, on est tout tonn et ravi, car on s attendait de voir un auteur et on trouve un homme.Fran ois le Champi est un roman de 1848 derni re ann e o un roi r gna en France crit par Georges Sand, un crivain pour lequel je nourris une grande sympathie, ayant connaissance d une partie de sa vie avec Musset, de sa correspondance avec Flaubert, et m me d un pisode que Tocqueville relate dans ses Souvenirs Elle a d fendu une approche g n reuse et optimiste l gard de ses concitoyens les plus indigents Dans ce roman, elle laisse clater sa sensibilit en peignant la vertu dans les habits de la pauvret et l ignorance On sent poindre travers cette histoire champ tre la nostalgie d un innocence perdue dans la sophistication de la civilisation, une id e toute droit sortie du si cle pr c dent, mais qui trouve galement des chos lointains dans l antiquit , comme en t moigne le roman de Daphnis et Chlo J ai vu et j ai senti par moi m me, avec tous les tres civilis s, que la vie primitive tait le r ve, l id al de tous les hommes et de tous les temps Depuis les bergers de Longus jusqu ceux de Trianon, la vie pastorale est un den parfum o les mes tourment es et lass es du tumulte du monde ont essay de se r fugier La personnalit du h ros est toute tremp e de vertus chr tiennes simplicit , humilit , ignorance, droiture, fid lit , pers v rance Ni la pauvret , ni l ignorance n ont avili cette me pleine d am nit et de douceur pour son prochain, et qui ne compte pour rien les sacrifices qu il accomplit pour ceux qu il aime Pour faire plus peuple, Georges Sand a tach de mettre dans la bouche de son h ros des expressions provinciales Mais il s agit galement de faire sentir avec la clart et l conomie de l expression, la puret des sentiments et des intentions Le savoir n est estim non par sa quantit , mais par sa qualit Il y a deux mani res de lire, et il serait bon de dire cela ceux qui se croient bien instruits Ceux qui ont beaucoup de temps eux, et beaucoup de livres, en avalent tant qu ils peuvent Ceux qui n ont pas le temps et les livres, sont heureux quand ils tombent sur le bon morceau.Au final, on se laisse de tr s bon gr charmer par l illusion de cette fiction difiante Une lecture fort plaisante, qui laisse la meilleur impression dans l me, et les meilleurs dispositions l gard de son auteur.

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    Fran ois le ChampiGeorge Sand, n e Aurore Dupin 1804 1876 Apres la Mare au Diable, achev en quatre jours, Sand crit un autre roman champ tre, plus long, plus complexe et plus riche et romantique.Un Champi est un enfant trouv , abandonn par sa m re, souvent trop mis rable pour lever son enfant, a un Hospice des enfants trouv s Un enfant de l Assistance Publique qui d marre dans la vie avec un handicap social presque insurmontable.Dans cette histoire l auteur nous pr sente ses h ros avec force et beaut , avec belle taille et noble c ur, force de caract re et fid lit toute preuve.De fa on plus accentu que dans son pr c dent roman Sand fait parler ses personnages la langue berrichonne, avec le ton populaire et simple qui convient.Il y a aussi de fort m chants gens et des pisodes bien amers dans le Champi, mais, et je me souviendrais de ce roman avec plaisir pour l ambiance de l amour, de la fid lit et de la pers v rance qui r ussissent en fin de compte de surmonter le conflit social et r unir le jeune amoureux et sa belle meuni re.Dans son meilleur des romans champ tres, l crivain r ussi exprimer ses intentions avec charme, modestie et justesse de ton.

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    Fran ois le Champi poursuit la veine paysanne de La Mare au Diable et de La Petite Fadette George Sand invente ou r invente les histoires de sa Vall e noire, apr s un prologue po tique dans les deux sens du terme o le romancier elle joue toujours de son pseudonyme masculin s appr te transcrire, pour un ami, les r cits d un chanvreur la veill e.La jeune meuni re Madeleine Blanchet, pas tr s bien mari e, prend sous son aile un champi , c est dire un enfant abandonn , lev par une femme entre deux ges contre une petite pension d tat, et vou par les pr jug s sociaux une vie marginale et probablement d linquante chaque poque a ses d linquants d sign s, semble t il Petit petit le jeune Fran ois conquiert sa place dans la famille Blanchet, force de d vouement reconnaissant, mais le mari de Madeleine, bien que de plus en plus absent, prend ombrage de cette pr sence.George Sand t che de tenir une position interm diaire, tr s difficile, entre l idylle pastorale traditionnelle et le r alisme qui, dans le sillage de Balzac, devient l une des exigences de l art du roman Si les personnages principaux sont d une vertu h ro que, et si les sentiments ici sont grands et chr tiens, Sand refuse le d cor de convention et ente le r cit sur la tradition orale berrichonne, la fois par la d l gation de la narration au chanvreur, ou plus exactement par l invention d une voix double qui est la fois celle du conteur paysan et celle du romancier qui transcrit la premi re pour les Parisiens, et par le recours, saupoudr avec mod ration, un vocabulaire et des tournures de phrases archa ques et ou dialectaux Ce choix donne sa r alit au monde de la fiction Il y a de belles descriptions, bien s r, encore que Sand en soit conome et les dispense selon les besoins de l intrigue, au lieu de les concentrer au d but sur le mod le balzacien On peut par exemple songer au retour au moulin de Fran ois, apr s plusieurs ann es pass es dans la Creuse comme ouvrier agricole, belle vocation d une nuit glaciale Il y a enfin une pr cision r elle dans l vocation du mode de vie paysan, de ses rites, de ses coutumes et de ses probl mes les plus concrets il y a ici de sacr es histoires de baux ruraux et de terres rachet es cr dit.Si l trange n a cette fois aucun r le dans l intrigue, la situation centrale, qui remet en cause, sous couvert de reportage ethnographique, la succession des g n rations et le mod le traditionnel de la famille, est presque de l ordre du mythe C est aussi l une des forces de Fran ois le Champi.

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    La mamma mi sedette accanto al letto aveva preso Fran oise le Champi la cui copertina rossastra e il titolo incomprensibile suscitavano in me l idea di una personalit distinta e un attrattiva misteriosa Non avevo ancora mai letto veri romanzi Avevo sentito dire che George Sand era il tipico romanziere Questo mi disponeva gi ad immaginare in Fran oise le Champi qualcosa di indefinibile e di delizioso I procedimenti narrativi destinati a suscitare la curiosit e la commozione, certi modi di dire che destano inquietudine o malinconia, e che un lettore un po istruito riconosce come comuni a molti romanzi, mi sembravano semplicemente a me che consideravo un libro nuovo non come una cosa che potesse assomigliare a molte altre, ma un entit unica, esistente in s stessa un inquietante emanazione dell essenza particolare a Fran oise le Champi Sotto quegli avvenimenti cos quotidiani, quelle cose cos comuni, quelle parole cos usuali, sentivo come un intonazione, uno strano accento Inizi a svolgersi l azione mi parve tanto pi oscura in quanto a quei tempi, quando leggevo, pensavo per pagine intere a tutt altra cosa E alle lacune che quella distrazione lasciava nel racconto, si aggiungeva, quando era la mamma che mi leggeva a voce alta, il fatto che saltava tutte le scene d a Anche tutti i bizzarri cambiamenti che avvenivano rispettivamente nel comportamento della mugnaia e del ragazzo e che non trovavano la loro spiegazione se non nel progredire di un a nascente mi sembravano improntati a un profondo mistero la cui origine mi piaceva immaginare doveva essere in quel nome mai sentito e cos dolce di Champi che trasmetteva al ragazzo che lo portava, senza ne sapessi il perch , il suo colore vivo, purpureo e incantevole Le carezzevoli parole di Marcel Proust mi esonerano dal commento e spiegano il motivo per cui ho voluto leggere questo breve romanzo dal sapore agreste di George Sand.

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    Fran ois le Champi 1848 is the third in the trio of George Sand s popular pastoral novels, and just as rewarding as La Mare au Diable and La Petite Fadette Sand s Avant Propos or Prologue is a beautifully written tribute to the beauties of nature especially in rural central France as God s work of art, and the peasants of the region who are the caretakers thereof le paysan le plus simple et le plus na f est encore artiste, et moi, je pr tends m me que leur art est sup rieur au n tre The title character is a handsome, but abandoned and ragged, 10 year old child with no last name, who is known only as Fran ois le Champi champi a child found in the fields Fran ois is found one day by 20 year old Madeleine, a wife of a local farmer, who has a small child She finds the boy a new guardian, but continues to give him food and clothing in secret Sand can t help but comment here on how Madeleine, a kind and decent person, is ill used by her husband, and that marriage often turns sour for the nicest and prettiest of young women As Fran ois matures, he remains innocent, but grows in strength, looks, and Christian faith Eventually, other young women in the region will become attracted to Fran ois even though he has always loved Madeleine, and despite the difference in their ages, he is growing, and she is widowed, and This is a lovely story not only rewarding in plot, but rich in Sand s love for her native area of France and all its natural charm.

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    La mamma mi sedette accanto al letto aveva preso Fran oise le Champi la cui copertina rossastra e il titolo incomprensibile suscitavano in me l idea di una personalit distinta e un attrattiva misteriosa Non avevo ancora mai letto veri romanzi Avevo sentito dire che George Sand era il tipico romanziere Questo mi disponeva gi ad immaginare in Fran oise le Champi qualcosa di indefinibile e di delizioso M Proust Alla ricerca del Tempo Perduto Dalla parte di Swann 1 volume.Pubblicato nel 1850, Fran ois le Champi divenne in seguito un libro di culto per gli amanti della Recherche proustiana, dove viene definito straordinario In realt Proust non riconosceva alla Sand doti letterarie piuttosto spiccate ma il tema campestre di questo romanzo breve della Sand era perfetto per il piccolo Marcel Letto adesso pi una favola cupa Con i buoni buoni e i cattivi cattivi Ma se hai letto La recherche ti verr voglia di andarlo a cercare.Lunga vita a George Sand

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    An idealist must feel satisfied when reading novels whose protagonist show the finest ethical behaviour But a realist facing the same works must doubt that any such perfect model is likely to exist If an idealist mind and a realist heart meet in the same reading person, this reader would be torn hither and thither while reading Sand s Fran ois le Champi There s certainly some joy in seeing how a person can always behave well, but on the other hand pure goodness is at times not only unrealistic, but even a bit boring.

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    An oddly heartwarming tale about a 6 year old foundling who is adopted by a young peasant wife who is only 16, and the love that grows between them I m not sure how such things were handled 150 years ago when the book was written if such things happened but the transition from a mother son relationship, albeit an adoptive relationship, to a romantic relationship remained troubling to me even as it smoothly wrapped up the story.