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The Devil's Pool - Version 2

George Sand

Book Overview: 

George Sand is famous for flaunting the conventions of behavior expected of women of her standing in France at the time and for her numerous romantic liaisons including her long standing affair with Frédéric Chopin. The Devil’s Pool is one of several short pastoral novels drawn from her childhood experiences in the rural French region of Berri. It tells the story of a young widower, Germain, who, at the insistence of his father-in-law, sets out to remarry so that he will have someone to help raise his three young children.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Still she was a willing and an orderly woman. Her poor dwelling was clean and neat, and the care with which her clothes were mended showed that she respected herself in the midst of her penury.

"You have come to fetch your evening fire, Mother Guillette," said the old man to her. "Is there anything else you want?"

"No, Father Maurice," answered she; "nothing for the present. I am no beggar, as you know, and I take care not to abuse the kindness of my friends."

"That is very true. Besides, your friends are always ready to do you a service."

"I was just talking to your wife, and I was asking her if Germain had finally decided to marry again."

"You are no gossip," replied Father Maurice; "we can talk in your presence without having any foolish tale-bearing to fear. So I will tell my wife and you that Germain has made up his mind absolutely. To-morrow morning he starts for the farm at Fourche."

"Good enough!". . . Read More

Community Reviews

Strikes a slightly odd note between fairytale and a record of the poetic side of rural life. I didn't feel that any of the characters were really given a chance to come alive. There's a lot of expositional dialogue: "'Germaine ... you really must make up your mind about finding a new wife. You've be

برکه ی شیطان برعکس اسمش که به نظر میاد داستان ترسناک باشه داستان عاشقانه است. داستان خیلی ساده نوشته شده ولی جذابیت خودش رو از دست نمیده. داستان مرد جوانی که همسرش رو از دست داده و به اصرار پدر زنش برای دیدن زنی و صحبت در مورد ازدواج با اون راهی یک روستای دیگه میشه و در مسیر به دلایلی با یکی از دختر

3.5 stars

A cozy, feel-good novella, which was also the first book I read by George Sand (also known as Amantine Aurore Dupin). In this story, a 28-year-old young man, Germain, who is a widower and father of three children, is told to get married as soon as he can, since once he is thirty, he will be

La mare au diable (Devil's Pool) is a pastoral novel written in a romantic style. Simple and easy to read, it is not without its charms. In particular, the descriptions of the pastoral life have something genuine and warm about them. I enjoyed the author's explanations of the country life and the ch

Dans le Berry, autour de 1830, le jeune veuf Germain est enjoint par sa belle-famille à prendre femme pour s'occuper des enfants de sa première union et assurer la bonne tenue des affaires de la maisonnée. Accompagné de la petite voisine Marie, il se met en route pour faire sa cour à la candidate qu

When I read that Poet Charles Baudelaire had this to say about George Sand, I knew I would in all likelihood enjoy her book.

"She is stupid, heavy and garrulous. Her ideas on morals have the same depth of judgment and delicacy of feeling as those of janitresses and kept women.... The fact that there

I fell in love with this book immediately upon starting.

In her Introduction 'Author to the Reader', Sand describes a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger. I knew I was in for a treat when I thought that this story would be based on that picture. At the very least, I became familiar with the picture

This read was for the 2011 French Female Writers Throughout the Ages reading challenge, 19th century novel.

This novel is one of the French classics you are meant to study in school so I am not quite sure how it happened that I had to wait for Céline's reading challenge before I got around to reading

وحدها الصدف تقودك للأقلام الجميلة، لكن عبء الاستمرار بقربها يبقى على عاتقك وحدك، مؤخرًا استحوذت الروائية الفرنسية جورج صاند على اهتمامي حيث تتقافز كنيتها المستعارة هذه من بين روايات ومقالات كثيرة ، أحببت التعرف عليها عن قرب من خلال عمل من أعمالها، العنوان فنّي ومثير وبعيد كل البعد عن مضمون الرواية ،

The big question about George Sand has always been how could anyone so extravagant write such dull books.

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