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Mauprat

George Sand

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. . .hing more beautiful than a lovely woman yielding without coarse words, and without tears of shame. My first impulse was to take her in my arms; but, as if overcome by that irresistible longing to worship which characterizes a first love, even with the grossest of beings, I fell down before her and pressed her knees to my breast; and yet, on my own supposition, it was to a shameless wanton that this homage was paid. I was none the less nigh to swooning from bliss.

She took my head between her two beautiful hands, and exclaimed:

"Ah, I was right! I knew quite well that you were not one of those reprobates. You are going to save me, aren't you? Thank God! How I thank you, O God! Must we jump from the window? Oh, I am not afraid; come—come!"

I seemed as if awakened from a dream, and, I confess, the awakening was not a little painful.

"What does this mean?" I asked, as I rose to my feet. "Are you still jesting with me? Do you. . . Read More

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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.

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 g

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 h

Although it is much less popular today and is now confined more 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

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 sty

un bon roman dix-neuvièmiste comme george sand sait les faire : plein de philosophie, d’une bonté pure et d’une réflexion peu dissimulée sur la place et le rôle de la femme dans la société comme dans les relations amoureuses. tout au long du roman, c’est la femme qui dirige l’intrigue et les sentime

Je ne peux pas dire que cette première lecture de Sand fut transcendante... si j'ai apprécié l'aspect très "polymorphe" de Mauprat (entre Bildungsroman, roman noir, roman presque chevaleresque, conte philosophique, etc.) cela n'a pas empêché quelques longueurs. Les effusions mélo-dramatiques des deu

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 única 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 corr

This is one of the most intriguing and observant and philosophically confounding books I have ever read.

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