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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Editions Flammarion (5 Nov 1984)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070376044
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070376049
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ON a chilly wet autumn evening, in a little manor house in Brie, three people, lost in thought, were solemnly watching the embers burn in the fireplace and the hands make their way slowly round the clock. Read the first page
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE on 5 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Remembered mostly as the lover of Chopin and other celebrities of the nineteenth-century art world, Sand seems to be little-read these days. Yet in her day, she was the most respected woman writer in the world.
This was her first solo effort. She collaborated on a previous novel, but referred to Indiana as her first. Some of the dialogue is decidedly overheated; real Harlequin Romance, bodice-ripper stuff. The story however, is very strong, with constant surprising twists, right to the end. As usual in melodrama, the villains are more interesting than the heroes, who at times make you want to shake some sense into them.
The theme has obvious parallels with Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" and Kate Chopin's "The Awakening". Ironically, the latter author, sharing the name of Sand's most famous lover, is more widely read today.
The novel has many references to French social and political life, and more than a few pages which are pure polemic. We learn more about Sand's views on French society than about Indiana's. Some readers will welcome these as fascinating historical insights; others will regard them as annoying distractions. The timeline of the story includes the revolution of 1830 and although this action provides a background rather than taking center stage, it neatly meshes with the mental turmoil of the heroine.
The Signet Classic edition has an excellent introduction by Marylon Yalom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise Amkaer on 9 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
Indiana is a young woman in the 1830s surrounded by men: her husband - an elderly retired colonel, her cousin, who practically raised her on Bourbon Island, and her lover - the ever eloquent Raymon. Indiana is also a woman in the 1830s surrounded by different views on women and their place in France, examplified by the men around her.

Indiana can be read as a nice little romantic story, but it can also be read as a socio-cultural essay. I read it leisurely, but the messages between the lines are so evident, that I had to think about them.

Life has changed quite a bit since the 1830s, but I find that the novel still has relevance today. Reading "Indiana" I thought of society's role in an individual's decision-making, i.e. Indiana's escape to Bourbon Island when her relationship with Raymon comes to an abrupt end or the question "what are our motivations for our actions?", i.e. Raymon's lust for the hunt of Indiana's love.

This is a little romantic story, deguising some very interesting questions.
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Interesting novel, one of the most important of 19th century France. Through her writing George Sand presented herself as a vocal critic of the early days of the enlightenment, an intellectual movement that had yet to address gender equality. Her choice of words really creates an oppressive an claustrophobic atmosphere.
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