A noblewoman travels from colonial Africa to revolutionary France in search of love in this nineteenth-century romantic classic.
On the Île Bourbon off the coast of Madagascar, Indiana is miserable in her marriage to the cold Colonel Delmare. Although she has a friendly companion in the ever-present Englishman Sir Ralph, she yearns to feel passion and desire.
When she catches the interest of the handsome young Raymon de Ramiere, Indiana is willing to take any risk, including running away to France as the July Revolution rages in Paris. But after she falls ill, she will begin a transformation that could bring about her happiness—or her downfall.
The first novel Amantine Aurore Dupin published under the pseudonym George Sand, Indiana was an auspicious debut from one of the most fascinating and daring women of the early nineteenth century, a rebellious artist who defied societal expectations and went on to become one of the major names in French literature.
Set in the countryside of her native province of Berry, Sand's novel tells the story of an orphan boy, François, who is placed in a rural foster home and of the miller's wife, Madeline, who befriends him.
Extrait : "Mais, comme il marchait la tête basse et les yeux fichés en terre, il sentit quelqu'un qui lui tapait l'épaule, et se retournant il vit la petite-fille de la mère Fadet, qu'on appelait dans le pays la petite Fadette, autant pour ce que c'était son nom de famille que pour ce qu'on voulait qu'elle fût un peu sorcière aussi."
Don't let the name fool you -- French author George Sand was not only a woman, she was a woman who was decades ahead of her time when it came to her disregard of social mores and standards of behavior. Her trailblazing take on life is on full display in The Devil's Pool, an unconventional romance of sorts in which Sand explores the stifling patriarchal traditions that often served virtually to imprison rural French women in the nineteenth century.
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