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  1. says:

    Although it is much less popular today and is now confined to genre fiction, melodrama is still a major literary form today George Sand real name Amandine Lucile Aurore Dupin was not only one of the great writers of the nineteenth century but perhaps one of the high water marks of melodrama Mauprat tells the tale of Bernard Mauprat, a scion of a family of French brigands, called the hamstringer Mauprats, who saves and falls in love with his second cousin Edm e, who comes from a respectable branch of the family Alas, Edm e leads him a merry chase over a period of years to such an extent that most 21st century readers would merely dismiss her as a tease She defends herself eloquently in this in a trial Many women think it is no great crime to show a little coquetry with the man they love Perhaps we have a right to this when we have sacrificed all other men to him After all, it is a very natural and very innocent ambition to make the man of one s choice feel that one is a soul of some price, that one is worth wooing, and worth a long effort.If it were not for the fact that Sand has created than a dozen interesting minor characters most notably Patience, Marcasse, Mme LeBlanc, the monk John Nepomucene, and the American Arthur among them , I would probably have given up finishing the book But Sand kept me coming back for , and I admired her skill in this literary genre which is admittedly not my favorite As Bernard exclaims in the closing pages of the book, Oh, woman, woman Thou art a mystery, an abyss, and he who thinks to know thee is totally mad.

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    Reading an author for the first time, whose works are now very much considered classic, can often be daunting It s not only that you feel obliged to like or praise his her work because it s a classic , but you also feel wary about your reception, if not understanding, of the author s narrative style in spite of the numerous reviews, studies and recommendations Mauprat is my first Sand and so I bore these feelings when I tackled this book Would she read like Jane Austen Guy de Maupassant William Faulkner Happily, I found Mauprat quite charming The narrative is lyrical the prose deep but not unreachable It has a lasting moral to teach in fact, it is quite inspirational Mauprat is the story of a young man who learns slowly and painfully that regardless of age, gender and social status a person can be educated I use the word in context to be the best that he can be And one need not the best teacher to learn A wife, a hermit, and a simple priest can give the lessons and guidance that one needs I quite enjoyed the first 7 or so chapters of the book The history of the setting and the family of Mauprat was fascinating But little by little the story became a bit melodramatic, stretched for a tale that is supposed to be a remembrance I found the love hate relationship between Edmee and Bernard too much But the closing chapter was wonderfully done It contains the core and moving assertions of the tale s moral objective.

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    georges sands pulls out my thirteen year old self who didn t know how to talk to anyone and frequently fell down because of trying to walk while reading i devour her like caramel corn some have jane, i have george.

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    This is a complex novel, looking at themes of love education idealism as represented in the relationship between a young man and a young woman, set against the backdrop of 1770s France on the brink of revolution.It starts a little slowly, which is so absolutely not the fashion in these days of hit the ground running storytelling, but I absolutely encourage you to persevere, if you choose to read this novel It is extremely readable and charming.The broad gist of the story is as follows Young Bernard Mauprat, raised in late eighteenth century France by a horde of his uncles who are little better than brigands, encounters the beautiful Edmee under perilous circumstances that is, perilous for her He offers to help her to safety but under a heavy condition, which defines the rest of the book Uneducated but passionate, Bernard falls madly in love with Edmee and makes no bones about it But the feelings of the highly educated Edmee are a elusive matter The course of their relationship spreads across several very transformative years Bernard gains an education a modicum of emotional refinement, while Edmee wrestles with pride the conflict betweens her ideals and her feelings.There are also other storylines, but I d term them all secondary they are there with notes of mystery, Gothic ness, suspense to reflect on the central relationship, to highlight or alter or affect Bernard Edmee s story.The novel is narrated by an older Bernard looking back on his life But for the most part it feels like a standard first person point of view there isn t much intrusion or commentary from the retrospective viewpoint We get the younger Bernard in all his unadulterated charm rash, angry, thoughtless, possessive, demanding, passionate, distressed But, like a good first person POV, it s such a limited viewpoint on the story what I wouldn t have given for a glimpse inside Edmee s head sometimes although, of course, that would have ruined the suspense of the story But seriously, trying to triangulate the truth of her side of that nebulous relationship was an absorbing exercise What a fabulously complex character a lady of her time, yet so independent of spirit She loves learning, she s quick thinking and determined, she won t be imposed on She is completely as passionate and headstrong as Bernard except that she s been raised with good manners and conscience, which means that her fervour for life is focused, directed She doesn t take life lying down, works hard to make herself content in less than ideal circumstances e.g Edmee was not fond of needlework her mind was too vigorous to attach much importance to the effect of one shade by the side of another shade, and to the regularity of one stitch laid against another stitch Besides, the blood flowed swiftly in her veins, and when her mind was not absorbed in intellectual work she needed exercise in the open air But ever since her father, a prey to the infirmities of old age, had been almost unable to leave his arm chair, she had refused to leave him for a single moment and, since she could not always be reading and working her mind, she had felt the necessity of taking up some of those feminine occupations which, as she said, are the amusements of captivity Oh, Edmee Bernard idolises her as a symbol of perfection, but it s so clear that she is the refined version of him in all his fervent ferocity My knowledge of 18th century politics and philosophy is pretty slight Still, there is enough on the pages for me to see some of the larger patterns behind the story Bernard s educational transformation a sort of metaphorical Beast to man under the guidance of the intellectual Edmee springs in part but not in whole from the educational ideas of Jean Jacques Rousseau The reason I say not in whole is because Sand, hallelujah, threw out the bathwater of Rousseau s opinions on female education Sand herself had a fascinating private life which would encourage the supposition that she supported the feminist movements of the day interestingly, Wikipedia is asserting the contrary but without reference Very maddening However, it s clear she had strong feelings on equality this comes across heavily in Mauprat Much of the conflict of Bernard Edmee s relationship is based on the fact that for a long time they just aren t equals the uneducated, emotionally illiterate youth and the educated, reflective lady simply aren t on the level Another angle on equality are the novel s inclusion of the impending French Revolution, the ongoing American Revolution both are brought up in different ways particularly the former.With so much for the modern sensibility to cheer for equal education women with agency , the novel s cultural context therefore jarred me than it might otherwise have done Inevitably, there are notes of sexism And I took frustrated issue with the scene which triggers the final, culminatory phase of the novel It seems to punish Edmee for being so free I won t describe it no spoilers It catalyses a slew of symbolically very important events, which are gripping reading, and I don t suppose there could have been another way to really produce that intense ending But, since I d grown to admire Edmee s character a lot capricious though she often was , it really did bug me And I acknowledge that not everyone would read it that way it s just that I read it that way, and can t seem to change my perception So that s there, and it s jarring.Still, overall, it s a charming, well written, thought provoking, interesting and very readable novel And by the standards of the mid nineteenth century, astonishingly liberal with its views on sex roles and gender despite quibbles I felt for the characters, I cared for their troubles, I hoped for a happy ending I m very glad I read it

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    Mauprat is, in a sense, an allegory of the last days of feudal France as it yielded to the new ideas brought in by the French Revolution.El miedo del infierno es la nica fe de las almas viles.Apresuraos de tener un consejero franco, un amigo severo y no querais al que os adula, si no al que os corrige.

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    I m not enjoying this book very much I got a lot out of the introductory material, but after launching into the novel, I m finding I have to force myself to read it My guess is that I ll return this book to the library without finishing it What is bothering me about the book is that Sand tells us what she wants us to know instead of showing us.

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    Mauprat takes its title from the surname of an extensive family that lives in the French countryside One branch of the family is noble and fine, the other quite simply, despicable The main theme is if and how a member from the bad side of the family can change sufficiently to be accepted by the good side This is one of my very favorite among George Sand s many novels Perhaps than in any other of her works, Sand created a wide potpourri of some negative, but mostly positive male characteristics in this 1836 story, which takes place in her native Berry region of France inp the 1770s Her message is that even the roughest men can become refined and that the most delicate of heroines can effect a positive change in a man s life and lead him to be worthy of her The detestable array of uncles at the infamous ch teau of Roche Mauprat and a few other characters represent general bad male behavior and the 18th and 19th century French society that condoned it However, a different array of men from the faithful rat catcher Marcasse, to the kind, compassionate father figure Hubert Mauprat of Saint S v re, to the rustic philosopher Patience to the progressive Abb Aubert, to the American soldier and intellectual botanist Arthur are symbols of the kind of idealized males in the gender equitable society Sand envisioned for her heroine, Edm e, as well as for herself and her countrywomen Central to the theme of Mauprat is the role whether positive or negative that all of these male characters play in the development of the attitude and personality of young Bernard Mauprat, who, by the story s end has gone from a 17 year old ruffian raised by a barrage of barbaric and amoral uncles the poster boy, if you will, for burgeoning bad male behavior of the era to a genteel young scholar and military veteran worthy of his cousin Edm e s love If the early Bernard is a metaphor for the egocentric man and for the society that sustains his character, seven years later, the refined and matured Bernard is a shining ideal of what men can and should become if they are molded not only by the right woman, but also by the politically and socially desirable mentors of their own gender The young hero and heroine come from different branches of the Mauprat family Bernard s grandfather, Tristan Mauprat, dominates a family of seven sons, all unmarried, and all despicably crude and vile During the 10 years before he met Edm e, Bernard, who lost his mother at age 7, is under the sole influence of this heinous group On the younger side of the family is Tristan s cousin, Hubert, Edm e s widowed father, who lives in the nearby Sainte S v re estate, and is so loved and respected by the local people that they have given him the nickname of le chevalier Edm e swears to the local priest she will never give in to Bernard as long as he remains a ruffian The eavesdropping Bernard, who now realizes just how odious is his position in Edm e s life, turns and walks away He makes a resolve to get an education, and assures Edm e the next day that she has nothing to fear from him However, Bernard did not hear the whole conversation between Edm e and the abb It is not until the end of the novel when the cousins are about to wed that the abb lets Bernard in on what Edm e told him as they walked further into the woods that despite her fear of Bernard s roughness and bestial passion, she was madly in love with him But Bernard, who does not know Edm e s true feelings, plunges into his lessons with a grim determination to become worthy of her Patience reiterates the charge for Bernard to became educated, refined and worthy of Edm e He proves an apt student, but his increased knowlege and awareness provoke in him a new vice pride Believing himself of superior intelligence, Bernard become a bavard, stirring up his aging Uncle Hubert with modern political ideals and distressing Edm e Bernard serves nobly in the American Revolution during the next six years, and hears only occasionally from Hubert and Edm e He also falls under the influence of a superb military companion, Arthur, a wise, gentle botanist from Philadephia, who takes off where Patience and the abb left off in encouraging a fellow male to seek greater knowledge This second education or social education from Bernard was equally, if not , important than the intellectual education offered by the Abb Aubert and Edm e Vareille notes that Bernard s training from Arthur lasts six years, whereas the first intellectual training took only two 440 Further convolutions in the plot lead to a momentary lapse in Bernard s hard earned self control, which, in turn, leads to his being framed by one of his evil uncles for the attempted murder of Edm e There follow exciting scenes of searing courtroom drama Edmee s testimony in court concerning her silent, but long abiding, love for Bernard, which she had had to keep secret until he was sufficiently educated and refined for her, turns the hearts of the hostile judges Bernard s last words to his listeners are his vehement refusal to believe in fatality, and his conviction that training and education can triumph over instinct and genetics He recommends individualized education geared to each person s particular needs such as that which he received from Edm e People must correct each other, he says, en vous aimant beaucoup les uns les autres 382.

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    I often find references to George Sand in other books I m reading It seems to be a sort of short hand to describe a sort of character, like saying that someone is reading Radcliffe If this is the case, the authors seems to be suggesting that the characters has an extremely high tolerance for boring books, and I think I do have a pretty high tolerance for boring books, but this book was too much for me Part of my frustration was Bernard s adolescent obsession for his second cousin, and the cousin s refusal to marry him until he had made himself worthy of her even though she d loved him in secret for seven years but wouldn t even admit it to him I disliked Edmee from the first and found her extremely arrogant and I lost respect for Bernard due to his continual fawning on her I think this is a case of a book being about morals and sentiments that have just lost their relevance today For example, the continual reference to rape as shameful to a woman and that no self respecting man would marry a woman who had been raped That may have been viewed as the the case when the novel was written, but between that, the unlikable characters, and Bernard s lust for his cousin this book lost me entirely George Sand seems like a very interesting person, and I might try one of her other books Perhaps this one was just a bad one to start with.

  9. says:

    un peu trop m lodramatique mon go t mon dieu ahhh, je vous aimes trooop que je vous tuerrrais mais part a sa va ouais, sauf que bien maigre est l histoire si on l ampute des moments d amour tortur en faisant taire les amoureux au supplice heureusement, on a chapp la catastrophe du saint asc te guide spirituel toupeur de fantaisie et de libert d esprit dieu est si bon, nous devrions tous imiter l asc te, il est si pieux , ouf mais bon, George Sand, ce n est pas n importe qui j ai ador e lire l histoire de sa vie L lia ou la vie de George Sand, par Andr Maurois et suis pr te reconnaitre que si je n ai pas aim e Mauprat, c est probablement de ma faute J ai h te de lire L lia, si jamais je parviens remettre main dessus

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    Mauprat is the stirring tale of a woman who meets a distant cousin and finds him hot, but not genteel enough to marry Therefore she dicks around with him for seven years, during which many things happen But actually she s probably right, she probably shouldn t have married him prior to his years of hardship, which made him less of a dick, even if he was a stone cold fox.