[[ read online epub ]] LéliaAuthor George Sand – Publitags.co

Ce Roman Est Inspir Moins Par La Vie Que Par La Personne De George Sand L H Ro Ne Est Une Femme D Action, Mais D Vor E Du D Mon De L Analyse, Et Dont Le Charme Op Re Sur Bien Des Hommes Le Po Te St Nio On Songe Musset , L Ancien Aventurier Converti Trenmor, L Ermite Magnus L Lia Cherche La Paix En Devenant L Abbesse D Un Couvent St Nio L Y Retrouve Et C Est Le Drame George Sand Distinguait Elle M Me Dans Son Livre Une Question Psychologique, Une Question Sociale La Femme Dans La Soci T , La Po Sie Des Personnages, Le Style Qui Traduit Cette Po Sie L Lia, Ajoutait Elle, Signifie La D Ception, La Souffrance, Le C Ur D Fiant Et Dess Ch , Le D SespoirSt Nio Signifie L Esp Rance, La Confiance Dans L Avenir, L Amour L Auteur Apporte Une Philosophie, Celle Du D Sespoir Lucide, Au Service D Un Grand Livre

10 thoughts on “Lélia

  1. says:

    It s a very long time since I have read this in my youth and was just reminded of it by something else and so just adding it now. Before bra burning and Germaine Greer there was George Sand She was a major influence on the way I thought about equality generally and to think that she was from the 1800 s inspired me to believe many impossible things were inf act possible I particularly liked her relationship with Flaubert and their equal meeting of minds I very much recommend her autobiography expunged and also the one by Andre Maurois.

  2. says:

    Sand published two different versions of her controversial L lia, a bold statement for its time on a young woman s bewilderment regarding how society s expectations of her as well as her own confused sexual desires were hindering and frustrating her search for self The first L lia, which appeared in 1833, is a shorter, less developed story than the 1839 version In the earlier publication, the conflicts are the same, but the ending is violent the title heroine is strangled to death by a crazed priest rather than dying the natural death of the later novel , and the entire episode of L lia s epiphany about the possibilities for feminist solidarity within a feminine cloister is absent At the time Sand revised L lia, she had felt victimized by several unhappy love affairs since her 1833 writing of the novel These included the infamous Venice stay with Alfred de Musset and the subsequent fling with his Italian physician as well as the ill fated relationships with Prosper Merim e and attorney Michel de Bourges The revising of L lia coincided with Sand s growing attachment to Fr d rick Chopin, which through ultimately temporary, would blossom one of the longest and most romantic and most satisfying relationships of her lifetime By 1839, then, with the revised version of L lia, Sand began to give the idea of the heroine s escape to the convent a different and positive dimension than it had carried since Madame de Lafayette s 1678 La Princesse de Cleves The change, however, was a slow, step by step process To L lia, the convent was, first and foremost, a place of escape from what she felt was the certitude of a disastrous union with the passionate, but mentally unbalanced, St nio Therefore, her reasons for entering the convent are fundamentally the same as those of the Princesse de Cl ves and Th r se in Madame de Sta l s 1802 Delphine each of whom had lost hope of ever finding a happy love relationship with a man, and preferred to protect herself emotionally by removing herself from a society that favored men and their caprices and punished women for their romantic feelings and hopes Sand, however, was to take the idea of escape via the convent to much extensive feminist ends than did either Lafayette or Sta l In the novel, when L lia and St nio part, and the latter sinks into degradation, the 1833 and 1839 versions take different plot turns The latter tome becomes a crusaders bible for social reform than a Romantic novel as L lia becomes less the sentimental heroine and the spokeswoman for progress and equality for her sex As mentioned earlier, the L lia of the 1839 edition eventually finds peace by becoming a nun, and later is named abbesse of the Camadules She explains to the Monseigneur Annibal why her view of life so incompatible with society made her decide to choose convent life L lia clearly sees her own view of love as being too impossibly ahead of her time for her to find any happiness in the fullness of society Therefore, she knows she cannot find happiness in marriage as it exists in her day L hym n e tel que je le con ois, tel que je l eusse exig , n tais pas encore sur la terre J ai d me retirer au desert et attendre que les desseins de Dieu fussent arriv s leur maturit 2 95, my italics As L lia had already seen the dreaded example of her sister Pulch rie a gifted person who fell into vice for having dared to pursue her dream of sexual self fulfillment L lia chose the opposite path that of cloistered celibacy She sees the retreat to the convent as an example other women in her position will imitate, and envisions the convent becoming a haven not only for fallen or ruined women, but also for an elite group of virgins and widows who need to build strength and dignity into their lives L lia s language about the positive promise of convent life is surprisingly unsentimental and sociological Le clo tre a une mission encore, c est de donner une ducation pieuse un plus grand nombre, sans les encha ner jamais L , il me semble qu elles devraient recevoir de tels enseignments qu elles ne les missent jamais en oubli, et qu elles pussent y puiser la force et la dignit dont elles auront besoin dans le cours de la vie 2 96 As abbesse, L lia hoped to unite women and teach them to beware of perfidious men and pleasures that were less than those of ideal love, and to mistrust society s claim that they could attain happy marriages in the modern world, for this is false On parle trop aux femmes d un bonheur possible sanction e par la soci t on les trompe On leur fait accroire qu force de soumission et de d vo ement elles obtiendront de leur poux une r ciprocit d amour et de fid lit on les abuse 2 97 L lia later describes the peace and ecstasy she has found in her solitude at the convent In the meantime, far away in her elegant boudoir, L lia s sister, the courtesan Pulch rie, lies troubled and bewildered beside a young lover, wondering why she cannot feel any peace, and wishing show could escape her life of vice Later, when St nio finds L lia at the abbey and urges her to leave with him, the young nun insists on staying the in the cloister, and explains to him that the rules of their society that denigrate women s interests and ambitions would render impossible any happiness the two might seek together Since L lia has no faith that her society will permit a man and a woman to have a union that is an equal partnership, she sees her personal essence being virtually annihilated as it is engulfed by male existence Il faut donc que l existence de la femme disparaisse, absorb e par celle de l homme et moi, je voulais exister 2 136, my italics L lia, then, chose the isolation of the convent because, even though it precluded life with the man she loved, she found it preferable to the self obliteration she was sure she would experience as lover or wife Also, in an avant garde dimension that goes well beyond the vision of the Princesse de Cl ves, L lia sees the convent as a veritable university where women are not only protected from the sorrows of life, but also instructed in its intellectual and artistic side, and ushered into self actualization and inner peace.

  3. says:

    Ok first of all, I read this a because I have wanted to fill in the gap in my Sand reading for a while, and b because I intend to assign this to students in a Sand seminar I will teach next Fall So, I read Lelia in a rather amazingly well researched edition, in the Garnier Flammarion edition prepared by Pierre Reboul, who seems to have ready EVERY novel of late 18th and early 19th century that might have influenced Sand His text shows the extent to which Sand seems to owe her ideas to everyone else, but whatever the influences, what is essential, I think, is to understand that in 1833, only two three years since she first started publishing, Sand felt a need to create a major philosophical novel, perhaps to place herself in the same company as Balzac and maybe Stendhal Whether she succeeds or not is a topic for critical appraisal, but despite my dissatisfaction and admitted cluelessness in the early parts of the novel, once I got past part III, I was drawn into the BIG IDEAS that each of the characters seem to embody That Sand felt compelled in 1838 to create a revised edition of this novel, with significantly different moral import and plot revisions, shows how much weight she gave to this novel.

  4. says:

    I tend to get immersed in a writer and read until I run out of interest If Lelia had been the first book by George Sand I read, it would have been the last Sand loved the theater, and many of the monologues in this somewhat epistolary novel remind me of histrionic actors ranting from soapboxes It took tremendous fortitude on my part to get through some of these letter speeches.Fortunately, I started with the novels Horace, then Indiana, and the biographies by Maurois Lelia and Howe George Sand in Search of Love The ruminations in Lelia don t make much sense, I think, without some historical background Rose et Blanche, Indiana, and Valentine, were Sand s first published books, written within two years Rose et Blanche she co wrote in Paris with her lover Jules Sandeau, with whom she may have consummated her first extra marital love affair When she returned home to her husband in Nohant for a six month stay, she wrote Indiana Valentine soon followed and she became somewhat discouraged by the Bohemian sloth and profligacy of Sandeau They parted and she began to wonder what love was all about In Lelia we discover that Lelia Sand had some sexual satisfaction issues and was really interested in an impossibly idealized love Interestingly, the writing of the novel overlaps her affair with the poet Musset, who put some lines in the mouth of the novel s poet, Stenio.But it is a tortuous path she takes to get herself, and us, through her concerns She loses her religion, attempts to explicate the dynamics of personal growth and the traditions of conventional relationships, mulls over her frustrations with sex via conversations with Pulcheria, her prostitute twin sister It s clear she was at an extremely confused low point in her life Thoughts of suicide entered Sands life than once.At first she denied that it was at all autobiographical, then came to realize it was, and rewrote a second edition to soften some of the admissions It is not a novel in the traditional sense, and has been hailed as one of the first books to wander so far from that form and still be called a novel In a sense, it s almost stream of consciousness She admits in her autobiography that she remembers nothing about a novel once it s been written.The first Lelia was published in 1833 Sand s life spanned the first 75 years of the nineteenth century, a period of huge political and social upheaval And Sand was a revolutionary in a revolutionary time, far ahead of her time Much of her life she preferred to dress and live as a man to enjoy the freedom males enjoyed in 1833 She simply did not seem to believe in inherent differences between the sexes.I am fascinated with this period in history, which is why I finished reading this book It s a historic work, important I will read of Sand But this one needs to be approached from so many angles, it s not a stand alone.

  5. says:

    Maybe I missed the point of this book, but I couldn t appreciate it Lelia is not really a novel the characters are symbolic allegorical than realistic and there is barely a plot Instead, the book is comprised of various long, disjointed essays and dramatic monologues that the characters speak While I appreciate some of Sand s writing there are a few gorgeous descriptions, especially of natural scenery , overall Lelia dragged on and on and I find myself hard pressed to see the point Lelia herself is hard to like While I felt sorry for the way she is consumed by self hatred, I found her lack of hope for humanity and utter disdain for everything literally everything as a symbol of the doomed nature of the human race extremely annoying Maybe this is an unsophisticated point of view, but much of this novel read like the diary of an angsty teenager who thinks no one understands him her When Stenio takes her to a beautiful mountain valley, her response is to complain about how the valley is actually further reason to believe that humans are terrible She thinks that nature can never be beautiful because if any person were to stay in it, he or she would ultimately try to force the landscape to conform to his or her wishes While an interesting thought, she seemed needlessly sulky and emo in this scene as in most of the novel And don t even get me started on Stenio all he does for the whole book is moan about how he will literally die if Lelia doesn t love him the way he wants her to To her credit, Sand portrays the ways in which men often read their fantasies onto ideal women, rather than see the woman as who she truly is a human being I can appreciate Sand s portrayal of a complex female character as remarkable for its time, especially in her frank discussion of female sexuality very controversial in the 19th century , but overall Lelia felt pretentious, overwritten, and pointless.

  6. says:

    This was a good book, but it took me a long time to read I do most of my reading at night before bed and I did not have the energy to concentrate that this book required most of the time probably because it was written in French almost 200 years ago It was way ahead of its time, very feminist Interesting book.

  7. says:

    This is far challenging than other books by Sand Lelia published 1833 when Sand is 29 has what felt like en entirely different quality and structure A dazzling portrait of opulence and oppression Not the easiest read Intriguing psychological depth Her story in it s extravagance says something about collective unconscious form and a time place in history.

  8. says:

    This book is at times brilliant, in particular the ending, but there are too many long, overly romantic passages to earn the mighty five stars The young poet Stenio s raging denunciation of the poor, mad, monk Magnus, and, in essence, his religion, is like reading lightning passing through your pupils Wicked.

  9. says:

    Couldn t bear this Never got a reason for why I should care what she thinks.

  10. says:

    Certainly not as readable as my previous George Sand book When you read fiction, even though the author may be famous, it has to be enjoyable and not a chore.Ce roman n est pas pour moi.