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The first novel that George Sand wrote without a collaborator, this is not only a vivid romance, but also an impassioned plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time, and for a new view of women. It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman, married at sixteen to a much older man. She falls in love with her handsome, frivolous neighbor,The first novel that George Sand wrote without a collaborator, this is not only a vivid romance, but also an impassioned plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time, and for a new view of women. It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman, married at sixteen to a much older man. She falls in love with her handsome, frivolous neighbor, but discovers too late that his love is quite different from her own. This new translation, the first since 1900, does full justice to the passion and conviction of Sand's writing, and the introduction fully explores the response to Sand in her own time as well as contemporary feminist treatments....

Title : Indiana
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Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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Indiana Reviews

  • BrokenTune
    2018-09-02 13:04

    ‘You’ve been unbelievably imprudent!’ said Raymon, carefully closing the door behind him. ‘And my servants know you’re here! They’ve just told me.’‘I made no secret of my presence,’ she replied coldly, ‘and, as for the word you use, I think it ill-chosen.’‘I said imprudent; I ought to have said insane.’‘I would have said courageous. But it doesn’t matter.'No, no, it does matter, and I would like to get back to using the word insane. This novel was insane. Seriously, there was nothing sane amidst the high drama in this story. There was no sane person among the characters in this story. All of whom deserved to be slapped repeatedly by the way.At some point when reading this I asked whether Sand wrote this as satire, but apparently she did not. This was, apparently, an earnest attempt at a story and at characters. I am really torn about this book, because I can't decide whether I liked it: plot, characters, and style, were all over the place. There were inconceivable and weird turns, there were high dramatics, there were tantrums, there was a lot of sentimentality. And, yet, at no point did I want to set the book aside. At no point did I want to DNF this.I guess this is because the plot was so incredibly packed with moments that astonished me, that I just had to watch this train wreck of a novel until the end.And what an end this was!(view spoiler)[So, we get two of the characters on the way to fulfil a suicide pact.They jump.And yet they survive?How did they miss the cliff?Was this simply meant to be metaphorical?WTF? (hide spoiler)]I guess I should have written about how Indiana is Sand making a stand for women's rights, and the emancipation of women as individuals who are equal under law, and the general struggle of individuals of both sexes against the social constrictions of her time, but, oh boy, that would mean that I would have to take Indiana serious as a novel.And that I just cannot do.For all the courage, sass, and modernism that Sand stands for, I have to separate the author from this particular book. This particular book was insane!

  • Duane
    2018-09-12 08:56

    .This was the first novel of Amantine Aurore Dupin, better known in the literary world as George Sand. It is the story of Indiana, a young French Creole girl who grew up on the Isle of Bourbon, known today as Reunion. She is married to an older French nobleman and living in Paris. The plot revolves around her unhappy marriage, her love for a handsome young neighbor, and her friendship with Ralph, her loyal cousin and protector. The themes of the novel touch on adultery, unfulfilled love, and class and gender inequality in early 19th century France.What led me to this novel was my interest in the author, George Sand, after having read a biography. Her highly unconventional lifestyle included several extra-marital affairs with well known men, one being Frederic Chopin, the composer, and a lesbian affair with actress Marie Dorval. Later in life she became good friends with Gustave Flaubert. Her interesting life is the subject of Elizabeth Berg's current bestseller, The Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-09-05 11:11

    I only read this book because it is set on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar, wanting to read as many books set as many places in Africa as I cross countries and occupied territories off of my list. Technically Reunion is part of France, but isn't anywhere near it.I know of George Sand from her relationship with Chopin, but this is the first book I have read by her.It is the story of a "Creole" woman (the older version of the word, meaning anyone born in the islands, no matter their ethnicity. She marries a much older man, one who is commanding but she does not love. Most of the novel takes place around the July Revolution (1830) in France, events that lead to the loss of some of his financial stability. This along with her friend's death and her discovered love affair inspires him to move them back to Reunion. So half the novel takes place in gloomy France, and the second half takes place in Reunion. The landscape of Reunion becomes important in the story (just do a Google image search for Bernica, so beautiful!) Indiana's cousin Sir Ralph helped raise her during her childhood on the island, has accompanied her to France when she gets married, and returns with them to the island. This becomes very important because while it is obvious to the reader, it is not obvious to Indiana that he has been pining for her. The man she has the love affair with causes all sorts of dramatic problems (to be expected, considering the era), but it was frustrating that even with the death of her friend, she still feels entitled to this relationship. Most of the dramatic moments in the book take place through angst-ridden letters or long declarative speeches. Not my favorite thing. Also entwined in this novel is commentary on women and their place in society, how they have no control over their own lives, but Sand fights back a bit. In passages like this, Indiana reasserts the right to her personhood. Most of what I marked are versions of this sentiment: "‘I know I’m the slave and you’re the lord. The law of the land has made you my master. You can tie up my body, bind my hands, control my actions. You have the right of the stronger, and society confirms you in it. But over my will, Monsieur, you have no power. God alone can bend and subdue it. So look for a law, a dungeon, an instrument of torture that gives you a hold over me! It’s as if you wanted to touch the air and grasp space.’"And she does prove exactly how much will she has by following the direction of another man in the end. Yeah. Spoiler alert.

  • Laura
    2018-09-26 13:53

    Opening lines:Par une soirée d’automne pluvieuse et fraîche, trois personnes rêveuses étaient gravement occupées, au fond d’un petit castel de la Brie, à regarder brûler les tisons du foyer et cheminer lentement l’aiguille de la pendule.The original French text is available at La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec.Free download available at [email protected] audio version in English is available at LibriVox.And the audio version in French is available at Literature

  • Mary
    2018-09-26 09:17

    What a horribly tragic tale! Damn you, George Sand!!

  • Leni Iversen
    2018-09-17 12:56

    Spent the first half of this book increasingly disgusted with the plot and the characters. I didn't care what happened to them. I also wondered if it read better in French. The dialogue especially seemed odd to me. (For clarification, I am used to reading 19th century novels, but I am mainly used to reading English ones.)I kept reading mainly because I needed the book for a challenge, and because I was intrigued by the glimpses into French culture during the Bourbon Restoration. Then when I started the third part something happened. I don't know if it was simply that I got used to the writing style, or if it was because Indiana showed some spine, even if no brain. Or maybe it was the fact that the story moved out of the Delmare residence and into Paris, and I got to know their characters and their motivations better. There were some excellent indictments against French society and male dominance. And the plot thickened, repeatedly. I was kept wondering if we would get a happy ending or true Greek style tragedy. It was worth the read after all, but I kept thinking of that game where you add "with a chainsaw" after a title, and there were times when I really wanted "Indiana with a chainsaw" instead of "Indiana the Doormat who just wants to be loved".

  • Dara Salley
    2018-08-26 14:57

    I picked up this book at a library book sale because I recognized the author’s name. I know of George Sand because of the 1991 movie “Impromptu” starring Hugh Grant. From that (historically dubious) movie I learned that Sand was a pre-feminist feminist, who in the 1800’s wore pants and had an affair with Chopin. That was enough to pique my interest. It was a good instinct, because “Indiana” is a passionate feminist treaty, wrapped up in a gothic romance. Indiana herself is a typical lovely, pale heroine. She’s living an unbearable life, passed from the care of an abusive father to a domineering husband, with no friends, interests or reason to live. What makes her different than most 1800’s heroines is that instead of treating her passive resignation as a womanly virtue, Sand treats it as an affront to her human nature. She makes the same radical argument the Simone de Beauvoir makes 100 years later in “The Second Sex”; that women are people too. If you’re looking for a traditional 19th century romance with a feminist twist, this is your book.

  • Pink
    2018-09-07 12:59

    I spent most of the book wanting to slap Indiana. Although an infuriating character who didn't conform to my own wishes, I was rooting for her throughout the story. It's not exactly a happy ending though.

  • Shannon
    2018-09-12 13:15

    I'm currently in the final stages of writing a dissertation, so there's a chance I might be projecting my own mental state onto George Sand. But, reading Indiana, I constantly felt like she had something important to say that wasn't fully making its way into the text. The back cover of my copy promises "a powerful plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time", and it isn't that. It's something much more ambitious and subtle. The important thing George Sand knows is something about Indiana herself, and the conditions of her life and personality that make her particularly vulnerable to the type of love offered by Raymon de Ramiere. It's also something about the form her love takes -- a constant struggle between the desire to sacrifice and the desire to fight back. I think part of the problem might be in the balance between the two impulses. The moments of rebellion are important and deserve more weight than they get in the novel. I wanted to know more about Indiana's inner life, and about what the struggle is like for her.Instead, Sand's clearest vision is turned on Raymon, who was my favorite part of the book in spite of the fact that he's unremittingly terrible. As I was reading, I kept thinking that he's like a train wreck, except that turns out to be an insufficient metaphor because a train wreck is usually a one-time event. Raymon just keeps happening to people. His selfishness and stupidity repeatedly combine to put him in the most absurd situations, which would almost be funny if they weren't so tragic for everyone else involved. Next to Raymon and his capacity for creating disaster, Sir Ralph and Indiana's husband seem almost nonexistent, which makes the novel's ending difficult to accept. Sand's problem, I think, is that there's no realistically good ending for Indiana, and the outlines of her character are too vague to support anything very melodramatic. I'm interested to read her later novels, though, and see if she comes back at the problem from a different angle.

  • Johnny Waco
    2018-09-25 08:00

    On one level, Indiana is about the numerous attempts of Raymon, a debauched aristocrat, to seduce Indiana Delmare, a simple and innocent girl just returned from Reúnion (called Ile Borboun in the novel, its then name), a French colony in the Indian Ocean. On a deeper level, however, Sand clearly is concerned with that preoccupation of so many in the decades after the Enlightenment--does "civilization" necessarily corrupt? Are those raised away from the artificiality of metropolitan culture closer to the ideal of a good and just humanity? Judging by this novel, Sand would answer both questions with an enthusiastic yes. Indiana only truly achieves happiness when she returns to her colonial home for the last time, turning her back on France and its temptations; the lovely, isolated valley that she and Ralph end up sharing, filled with fragrant fruit trees, tropical birds, and an awe-inspiring waterfall, becomes a type of Eden, a promise on the part of Sand that we as humans can return to paradise if we are only brave enough to renounce the world. Of course, it is interesting to note that Sand herself never visited Reúnion, instead relying on a friend's memoirs.Having previously read both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea, I also couldn't help but compare Indiana to Antoinette/Bertha, another simple Creole whose complex colonial identity couldn't prepare her to deal with the (of course) twisted, selfish ways of Europe.

  • Lizzie
    2018-09-26 10:05

    Wow this was a disappointment.I disliked this so much, I thought for a while that I was going to one-star it. But, somewhere there is some benefit of the doubt for it. (Plus, I've still only ever one-starred one book, and that seems a stern record to break.)This book is melodrama city and I did not like it. This is melodrama like origin-of-the-word melodrama: no realism, immobile characters, senseless actions with huge consequences, lots of fainting and suicide. I wasn't expecting it, for one thing, and it was also just not enjoyable. If you'd like to read this book, get ready for: long speeches with illogical reversals that explain everything at the last minute; guys who hear their girlfriend fell off a horse and start slitting their throats in despair before asking if she's okay; exoticism and Creoles; constant comments about purity and women and duty; pains in the ass.This story is positioned as a tragic romance, or a tale of seduction, or a love affair, but there are actually zero of those things in it. Sex in this book is really weird. Indiana, the woman in a loveless marriage, is spiritless and resigned. When the epic derp Raymon decides to become her lover — basically as a game, with classic She's All That nuance — she is excited, but that is all. They are not in love. (view spoiler)[More than once, she leaves her husband for him, but Indiana and Raymon never even have sex. (hide spoiler)] Who cares, I guess? But (I don't know how else to say this) I thought that things would be a little more French. This is, after all, George Sand, about whom I know approximately two and a half things, and she is very French indeed. Yet somehow, this book is modest in the extreme.There's a specific reason, though, that this is a problem, and the reason is simply that some of the connected themes offend me. The person Raymon has sex with the most is the Creole maid, who is "other"ed like crazy the whole entire time. (So, not only do we get a virgin/whore dichotomy out of that icky business, but a cultural one as well.) And, the whole reason that Raymon becomes drawn to Indiana is her persona of untouched purity. And so, plotting to seduce her doesn't really… work. (We actually have to hear about this a lot.)The funny thing is that Raymon is the character that I liked. Ralph, good loyal Ralph, made me want to barf in my mouth. Raymon, at least, is so terrible that he's funny, and when he gets upset — unlike every other character who gets upset for no reason — it's because he's done something very stupid. (My favorite comment, from Shannon: "He's like a train wreck, except … a train wreck is usually a one-time event. Raymon just keeps happening to people.") Raymon's final betrayal is also sort of perfectly awful.Ralph, to the contrary, is just as clueless but somehow an even worse person. His pale, clammy devotion to Indiana is gross and not sweet, and the more we hear of their backstory together — I can't believe I even survived that endless speech at the waterfall — the grosser it is. Oh, you were friends from childhood, that's sweet. Oh, you're actually cousins? … Okay, well it was a different time. Actually, he is more like a father to you? That's… a little uncomfortably Freudian. (view spoiler)[In fact, he not only raised you, but he promised you to himself when you were little, and spent your childhood training you to be a perfect wife for him? (hide spoiler)] That's… um… (view spoiler)[And when you married someone else, he had so little control of his passion that he had to clam himself up, and allow your husband to harm and abuse you? (hide spoiler)]That is officially the least realistic thing I've ever read. (view spoiler)[And of course now you live happily ever after with him? (hide spoiler)] … Yes, I am barfing in my mouth. Like I promised.It's possible that I read the worst translation ever written. (This was a quick pick off the library shelf, and I forgot to do research.) I don't think that's it, but I should say it.But, okay, what's the point? I said there was a benefit of the doubt to this novel, and it comes mostly from the authorial voice. George Sand, when she changes the subject away from the things the story is about, is no dummy! Definitely the most important thing about this book as literature is Sand's strangely subtle way of using political history. The references are cunningly "inside baseball." She has written it in a setting that is very, very fixed in time — very different, if you think about it, from most novels that can be read and fully understood more than a hundred years later, using only the information given inside the novel itself. With this book, you need all kinds of information from outside it, about very current and recent events in French politics. It isn't a political novel — the references have only a little bearing on the plot — but with them Sand is explaining why she's written this story at all. In my opinion, this is actually really cool! I just wish that I had any of that historical knowledge, or that I had read an edition that provided it. The notes in this one were abysmal — a single asterisk for each, and then all lumped together at the back of the book, just a few pages total. The references are far too sly for that treatment, and I acknowledge that a lot was lost this way.I'm interested, intellectually, in the place that novels like this occupy. I'm interested in the difference between novels of adultery and novels of courtship. I'm interested in the Frenchness of it all! And I can take a little melodrama if it gets me somewhere. This was presented to me, in fact, as an alternate take on my favorite book, The Mill on the Floss (by Britain's lady George): a girl in need of love, a childhood friend overlooked for a seductive rake, and similar thematic use of water. (Even a boat journey, and you know I've got a thing about the boats!) It sounded convincing, put this way, but they could hardly be more different and still be the same species.Thing is, of course, George Sand published an incredibly large number of novels, and she occupies a place in literature that is not simply intellectual. It's possible that what I'd really like the most is to read a good biography, but I'd like to give the writing another legitimate try again, and just know better what I'm getting into with these novels. And if I ever do, I'm going to need one of you people to tell me what it should be.

  • Nora|KnyguDama
    2018-08-30 11:57

    GEORGSE SAND "INDIANA"Ką gi, paskutinė knyga perskaityta 2016 metais. 130 -oji knyga. Buvau sau užsibrėžusi tikslą perskaityti 100 knygų, ir tikrai savim didžiuojuosi, jog pavyko jį pagerinti. Gavau daug žinučių ir komentarų su klausimais kokiu būdu man pavyksta taip greitai skaityti knygas. Ar kartais tiesiog jų "neskanuoju" akimis ar skaitau greituoju skaitymu per daug nesigėrėdama, o tiesiog skubėdama. Tikrai ne. Kiekviena knyga man kaip atskira kelionė, į kiekvieną jų įsijaučiu, galvoje susikuriu detalų kiekvieno veikėjo vaizdą, jei skyrius ar pastraipa mane be galo sujaudino ar kitaip paveikė ,skaitau ją antrą sykį, šalia knygos visada turiu užrašų knygą į kurią nuolat rašau įspūdžius ar pastebėjimus apie kūrinį. Tad ne, knygų aš "neskanuoju". Tiesiog planuoju laiką taip, jog mano dienoje visada atsirastų vietos knygoms. Jau esu rašiusi, jog knygą visuomet nešiojuosi su savimi - niekada nežinai kur gali tekti dykai laukti ar kokiame kamštyje įstrigti. Na, o dabar apie "Indianą".Tai antroji mano perskaityta Sand knyga. Istorija pasakoja apie jauną merginą Indianą, ištekėjusią vos šešiolikos už pagyvenusio pulkininko. Mergina ištekėjo nepažindama nei savo būsimo vyro, nei savęs nei tikrų jausmų. Indiana nėra laiminga, tačiau niekam pasiguosti negali. Šalia jos tik jos vyras bei pusbrolis Ralfas. Į Indianos kaimynystę gyventi atskelia jaunas gražuolis Remonas. Remonas - pagarsėjęs donžuanas jau spėjęs apsukti galvą ne vienai merginaį, įskaitant ir Indianos tarnaitę Nuną. Kartą, naktį lankydamas Nuną Remonas pamato Indianą ir iškart įsimyli. Nors Indiana niekada nepatyrusi karštų jausmų bijo juos priimti, galų gale pati pamilsta Remoną. O tai sugriauna ne tik jos, bet ir dar kelis gyvenimus.Jei nebūčiau skaičiusi "Mažosios Fadetės", knyga man būtų patikusi labiau. O kai galiu lyginti du autorės kūrinius, nors jie gan skirtingi, visgi Fadetė - įdomesnė ir geriau parašyta. Jokiu būdu nesakau jog "Indiana" buvo prastas kūrinys. Skaityti jį man patiko, įtraukė greitai, veiksmo netrūko , galbūt tik veikėjai mažiau žavėjo. Kūrinyje aiškiai jaučiamas feminizmo prieskonis, nagrinėjama to meto skyrybų problema ir moters vieta santuokoje. Kaip ir Fadetės, šio kūrinio pabaiga vėlgi labai gera. Kartu ir nustebina, ir suptranti jog kitaip ir būt negalėjo.

  • Stef Rozitis
    2018-08-31 15:55

    This book was depressing. I enjoyed, in a masochistic way, some of what seemed like humour in the book when it was talking about how much more selfish the wet blanket Ralph was than the rake Raymon and also how morally upright and genuine Raymon was. I despised him. He had a kind of white, wealthy male narcissistic personality disorder. Indiana's husband was simply a horrible boor, and even the supposedly noble Ralph was misogynistic in his view of her as a fragile object or a non-sentient goddess.Indiana herself while evoking pity, does not evoke empathy. She has what seems at first like a promising friendship in the shape of Noun, but something happens to that early on. Then the only other female character really is Raymon's mother (and various background beauties and gossips). So there is no development of female relationships making this a dreary book in my eyes, especially because all the men think they are so superior to Indiana. She really is all alone in the world, but stupid and drippy and impossible to like. The book dwells on melancholy speeches about love, unhappiness etc, more than an emo teenagers facebook page and gets really wearing with the endless negative emotion. The politics and philosophy in the book is only enjoyable in how far it can be taken as cynical, but even then the dystopian view of human nature and self-interestedness is frankly unpleasant to entertain. The many allusions to suicide in the book seem very logical in terms of the world-view espoused by the book.The "ending" which seems written later as maybe a corrective to the bleakness is alright, it adds some light to the book but by then I think the reader is set in not loving the characters and not quite believing in their sainthood. The book was well written (much better than most) and had some interesting insights on gender (probably due to Sand's ability to inhabit both genders to some degree, but also "her" origin in the female sex) but was so depressing and moved so slowly and long-windedly toward inevitable goals all the time that it really was depressing to read. I think I am happy I read it...maybe...I won't be rushing out to read everything Sand ever wrote though.And I would feel a lot happier if I could slap that irritating Raymon on behalf of every female ever.

  • verbava
    2018-09-19 12:22

    яких тільки психоеротичних драм не вигадували собі люди у страшні часи відсутності інтернету, серіалів у телевізорі чи хоча б легкодоступних публічних бібліотек, забитих цікавими книжечками. утім, якби проблеми, якими ці драми супроводжуються, стосувалися всіх порівну й усі уявляли, куди залазять, воно би було більш-менш потішно; але оскільки серед жіночого населення чомусь раптом виявляється значно більше трупів, переступлених воль і поламаних життів, із потішністю туго.

  • Gabrielle Dubois
    2018-09-13 14:13

    If I remember well, Indiana is the first George's published novel and fortunatly for us, it was not the last one! If you haven't done it yet, dear female readers, read George Sand, this female French author from the 19th is worth it, and it's the less I can say.

  • Lysmerry
    2018-09-20 10:08

    Indiana, the titular heroine, is delicate, angelically beautiful, and also insane. She is supposed to encompass the perfect woman- true in both duty and love, two opposing ideals that lead her to constantly change her mind in a schizophrenic attempt to mold to the author's idea of sublime virtue and self-sacrifice. She faints on cue, she speaks in melodramatic prose, she plots to kill herself several times over. One example of her behavior:"Almost hysterical, she left the few clothes and the little money that remained of her and began to run through the city in a frenzy." She also has certain powers- her virtue is so great that her coarse husband can't punish her, no matter how much he wants to.This would make sense in a Frances Burney gothic romance, but in other respects,the book is sensibly written. The prose outside of the dialog is well written. Ralph's transformation is interesting, through poorly executed (especially in his lengthy self history at the end). Noun, with her courage and human failings, should have been the heroine of the book. And there's that creepy gothic moment where Indiana holds her dead maid's hair, which so resembles her own.There are notes of self-empowerment, but certainly not enough to label this book a 'feminist classic.' Indiana is defined entirely by her relationships with men, and the author says as much. I only wish that Henry Fielding had been alive to parody Indiana.

  • Carol
    2018-09-11 09:03

    George Sand is one of the slightly more obscure nineteenth century authors. I think she is probably better known for being Chopin's lover than for her novels. I'd like to say that this is a pity, but unfortunately, I found Indiana disappointing. It is the story of Indiana, a young, naive woman who is married to a much older man. She falls in love with a dashing aristocrat, Raymon, but the experience turns out to be extremely painful due to his shallowness and egoism. However, the light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be the (eventually) happy resolution of Indiana's relationship with her devoted cousin and lifelong friend Ralph. My biggest disapopintment was the lack of a character I could warm to. The husband is a very callous man and very much a secondary character besides. Indiana has the seeds of strength, but utterly fails to cultivate them - she instead ends up weeping and fainting far to much for my liking. Raymon is manipulative and self-serving. Ralph is the best of the lot, but even his fortitude and goodness get tiresome. This was Sand's first novel, though, so I may give her works another chance in the future.

  • lisa_emily
    2018-09-21 15:18

    The novels dips briefly into high-drama, gothic romantic lands, a cool-eyed look at delusional romance permeates.The main character,a young woman, Indiana is married to and older, brutish man who does not understand her temperment. She falls prey to a serial-seducer, who harbers his own romantic follies. Indiana's naivete does not allow her to see through the speculative actions of the romancer. Then everything comes to disaster.There is some similarities to this portrayal of romance with Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary. Indiana was published first, so I would assume that it may have influenced Flaubert.

  • Andreea Valeria
    2018-09-18 14:19

    "Ştiu că ai darul de a lăuda ; dar nu te aştepta să-mi trezeşti vanitatea. Eu nu am nevoie de omagii, ci de afecţiune. Trebuie să mă iubeşti fără împărţeală, fără întoarcere, fără rezervă; trebuie să fii gata să-mi sacrifici tot, avere, reputaţie, datorie, afaceri, principii, familie: tot, domnule, fiindcă voi pune acelaşi devotament în balanţă şi vreau să fie egală. Vezi bine că nu mă poţi iubi astfel !"

  • Yana Tretyakova
    2018-09-10 13:11

    Blind and fake love cause great damages, but the heroine of this book has managed not only to survive (even though, she had some terrible thoughts of suicide), but she decided she was worth living and to be loved. I don't support some actions of Indiana, but I also can't blame her for them. This book is about women's emancipation and brings up the problems of unhappy marriages and love affairs. I like that the author was bold enough to mention woman's despair in loveless marriage.

  • Maan Kawas
    2018-09-10 12:57

    A very beautiful but sad novel by George Sand, with conventions from Romanticism and Realism. The novel addresses love and marriage, the complex nature of human relationship, marital duties and fidelity, jealousy, gender differences, and the powerful influence of society.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-25 08:08

    3.5 stars

  • Emily
    2018-09-19 10:54

    After enjoying Mauprat, it was inevitable that I was going to read another Sand novel. Indiana seemed to be well-known, and available in translation, so that was that choice made! As an interesting sidenote, it was her first novel (excluding a collaboration).Let’s take a look at the blurb, courtesy of the Academy Chicago Publishers edition (2nd printing, 1984): A beautiful, very young woman married to a much older man meets and falls in love with the fashionable rake who has already seduced her own maid. This is Indiana’s first passion, and it is awakened by the wrong man. Her own ignorance, the sexual double standard, and the restrictive French marriage laws make Indiana’s passange to womanhood perilous indeed. George Sand’s first novel argues fiercely that young girls must be free to follow their own hearts, even to make mistakes, before they can become truly equal and loving partners to their husbands. (emphasis mine)I’m torn about the emphasised sentence of that blurb. In some ways I agree that this is a theme of the novel. Indiana goes through two bad relationships – one chosen by her, one not – before finding happiness. And I do think, going by the text, that she couldn’t have found said happiness without at least some of the preceding trials and torments. The climax of the book certainly seems to revolve around her attaining a new spiritual level, rising through the past to new ways of thought and life.On the other hand … highlight the following space to read a spoiler-full “on the other hand”! (view spoiler)[By my reading of the epilogue, I would not call Indiana an equal to her husband. There is some partnership going on, judging by the fleeting references to their endeavours to better the lot of slaves. But it’s evident that Ralph is working hard to protect Indiana from the world, e.g. keeping her ignorant of the rumours surrounding the two of them. Such sheltering doesn’t equal, well, equal in my book. I know that may be my modern sensibilities, though, and perhaps the author really did feel that Indiana had attained an equal relationship. (hide spoiler)] End of spoilers.On a pacing note, the first half of the book contained more action and movement per page, while the second half was less action-y but even more chockful of emotions and the intricacies of the relationships. (I say “even more” because at no point does this book go light on examining feelings.) The earlier chapters flew by – it was very, very readable. But later ones lay heavy with lengthy monologues and even lengthier emotional letters, which required time to read and absorb.Did I like this book? Well – no. Not exactly. It was an easy read, always dramatic, and parts were interesting! (There were intriguing segments about religion, and also sections regarding the contemporary French political climate which I only half-grasped at – makes me want to read up on the subject.) But I spent a deal of time wanting to shout some sense into the main characters. I loathed Raymon, as I was meant to (what a tosser) – but I also struggled to dredge up any empathy or sympathy for Indiana, who was just wet despite sporadic flashes of spirit and a long streak of stoicism. This book was angst-heavy and that’s … not really my favourite sort of thing. Unless it’s a more active type of angst, where the sufferer gets on with their life. But Indiana rarely bestirred herself to action, and when she did it all inevitably went wrong. Yes, her situation in life was pretty bad and I can see why she’d be miserable. But she had such a tendency to wallow.Of the other characters, I cannot say much positive either. Delmare at least was straightforward – but he was so vile towards Indiana that I have no warmth for him. He was blatantly unhappy in his marriage to Indiana, but really he should have known better than to marry a girl who was at least thirty or forty years younger than him. Sir Ralph was sort of weird and his relationship with Indiana, as he expressed it, is way out of tune with the world today: usually I’m not too bad at seeing things through my historical-perspective-spectacles, but not this time. Open the spoiler for spoilery remarks on their relationship. (view spoiler)[I am not a fan of storylines where an older male semi-raises his future spouse from childhood. (I think there was a ten year age gap.) It feels icky, like quasi-incestuous grooming – even when Sir Ralph was self-aware of having both fatherly and romantic feelings for Indiana. (hide spoiler)]There were some bizarre sexually-charged references in the text to Indiana’s being a “creole” and therefore having matured into a woman much younger than a regular Frenchwoman. (as far as I can tell, it was an 1830s term meaning a French citizen born in the French colonies, in Indiana’s case on the Ile Bourbon in the Indian Ocean.) There is actually on-page sex between Raymon and Indiana’s servant/best friend Noun (possibly the most sympathetic character in the book actually), but once Raymon is pursuing Indiana the issue of sex is danced around. She’s half on a pedestal, half an earthy object of desire. I suppose that the readership of the 1830s would not have approved of a sexually-active heroine … ?I’m not sure how to conclude this review – simply because I’m not sure of my reaction to the book. So I’ll simply say: I think many people might enjoy it a lot more than I did...

  • Simin Yadegar
    2018-09-02 13:12

    ایندیانا در نو جوانی با مردی مسن و خشن ازدواج میکند در واقع از خانه پدری خشن به خانه همسری خشن میرود او هیچگاه عشق را نشناخته به همین دلیل زمانی که جوانی زیبا و به ظاهر نجیب زاده ولی در واقع هوسباز و عیاش در زندگیش پید ا میشود عاشق او شده و حیثیت و زندگی اش را در راه این عشق میبازد ولی عشق واقعی را بزودی در می یابد ا

  • Carling
    2018-09-11 09:16

    This book is deliciously 19th century extra in all the right ways.4 stars

  • Cynthia Hart
    2018-09-08 15:59

    This is one of Sand's earliest works in a long and successful career as an author. Yet, "Indiana" is pretty often all one sees by Sand in most brick/mortar bookstores.

  • Patricia
    2018-09-18 09:05

    I read the first few chapters and the end, but jumped around in the middle. From what I did read, the author is supremely talented.A book written by a women under a male pseudonym. There is debate whether the story champions realism or Utopianism. The Colonel is an older dude who married a pretty 19-year old. Her cousin, Sir Ralph, the person who raised her, loves her, (but was forced to marry his elder brother's fiancé?). He is young and close in age to Indiana. Indiana is in an unhappy marriage. Raymon is caught trying to have a tryst with Indiana's handmaiden, Noun. However, only Ralph and the colonel know about the true reason Raymon was climbing the wall. Indiana is ignorant. He colonel is an angry and jealous guy. Raymon is a rake and tries to pursue Indiana, (but at the same time continues a relationship with Noun?). Noun becomes pregnant and ruined. She is distressed and turns to Raymon. He doesn't love her, but is flattered by her feelings and has sex with her. But the next morning, he tries to plead Indiana's forgiveness. When Indiana discovers him hiding behind curtains, she publicly kicks him out and renounces his supposed love for her. Noun thought that he loved her and is distressed that he had proclaimed his love for her mistress. She commits suicide and drowns that night. The next morning, Indiana discovers her body in the water and faints. (She faints a lot in this book.) She is devastated by Noun's death. Raymon still tries to make his play for Indiana, although he does feel guilt and sorrow over his having had a hand in a woman's death. She did try to leave her husband and be with him, but when he tries to have sex with her, she rejects him. Then, he walks away, annoyed with her. (There is a theory in this story that she remains a virgin throughout the story until the end, that she never has sex with either Raymon or the colonel.) They communicate with letters. She and her husband go and sail far away. She writes down her miseries every day in a letter to Raymon, but she never intends to send them. Her husband discovers this and is outraged. She reads a letter from Raymon proclaiming his love for her. But he is also wary of having another woman meet her death because of him. (I think he is a rake and playboy, but he still has a conscience. He just likes the chase of seducing women and then bedding them.) She travels on a dangerous journey back to where Raymon lives. But she discovers that he is now married and lives in her old house. She then travels to Paris and meets with Ralph. He professes his love for her as well and tells her that the colonel has died. She feels guilt over her hand in his death. They decide to commit suicide together to end the suffering they both face in this life. They have a peaceful 3-month journey to their homeland, Bernica island. During this time, she falls in love with him. When they get to the island, they confess their love for each other and he tells her exactly how long he has loved her and he also tells her his life story and secrets. She tells him that if she had known of his love, she would never have married the colonel. He proposes and she accepts. They kiss. He holds his fiancé and jumps into the waterfall. Later, a traveler to the island researches the rumor of the couple who live beyond society on the island. There is a general mistrust and suspicion of the couple in town, but prior to him saying it, Indiana had no knowledge of this. The traveler can see that they are dearly in love and are very friendly and peaceful. Ralph tells the traveler the full story. Before he leaves, they tell him that they have no care for society, but they tell him that if he wants, he should live his life in society. However, since he is the only friend they have on the island, they say that he is welcome anytime. At the end of the story, Indiana is a gorgeous girl just in her bloom who looks like she is 18 years old.

  • Mazel
    2018-09-21 13:06

    Indiana est une jeune créole de bonne famille, élevée à l'île Bourbon - aujourd'hui La Réunion. Elle a épousé pour son malheur un officier, âgé et brutal, et vit dans la tristesse d'un château près de Fontainebleau. Ses seuls réconforts sont sa soeur de lait, Noun, et les visites de son cousin. Quittant son mari pour le séducteur volage de Noun, Indiana se retrouve dans le plus complet dénuement. Sauvée par son cousin Ralph, elle finira par trouver avec lui la quiétude à l'île Bourbon.Dans ce roman, publié en 1832, George Sand transpose une bonne part de son vécu. L'héroïne se heurtera aux conventions et aux préjugés sociaux lorsqu'elle quittera son mari à la recherche du bonheur.«... - Quelle est donc cette femme ? dit-elle à Raymond et de quel droit me donne-t-elle des ordres chez vous ?- Vous êtes ici chez moi, madame, reprit Laure.- Mais parlez donc, monsieur ! s'écria Indiana en secouant avec rage le bras du malheureux ; dites-moi donc si c'est là votre maîtresse ou votre femme.- C'est ma femme, répondit Raymond d'un air hébété.- Je pardonne à votre incertitude, dit Mme de Ramière avec un sourire cruel. Si vous fussiez restée où le devoir marquait votre place, vous auriez reçu un billet de faire-part du mariage de monsieur...»Extrait du livre :Les deux personnages que nous venons de nommer Indiana Delmare et sir Ralph, ou, si vous l'aimez mieux, M. Rodolph Brown, restèrent vis-à-vis l'un de l'autre, aussi calmes, aussi froids que si le mari eût été entre eux deux. L'Anglais ne songeait nullement à se justifier, et Mme Delmare sentait qu'elle n'avait pas de reproches sérieux à lui faire ; car il n'avait parlé qu'à bonne intention. Enfin, rompant le silence avec effort, elle le gronda doucement.- Ce n'est pas bien, mon cher Ralph, lui dit-elle ; je vous avais défendu de répéter ces paroles échappées dans un moment de souffrance, et M. Delmare est le dernier que j'aurais voulu instruire de mon mal.- Je ne vous conçois pas, ma chère, répondit sir Ralph ; vous êtes malade, et vous ne voulez pas vous soigner. Il fallait donc choisir entre la chance de vous perdre et la nécessité d'avertir votre mari.- Oui, dit Mme Delmare avec un sourire triste, et vous avez pris le parti de prévenir l'autorité !- Vous avez tort, vous avez tort, sur ma parole, de vous laisser aigrir ainsi contre le colonel ; c'est un homme d'honneur, un digne homme.- Mais qui vous dit le contraire, sir Ralph ?...- Eh ! vous-même, sans le vouloir. Votre tristesse, votre état maladif, et, comme il le remarque lui-même, vos yeux rouges disent à tout le monde et à toute heure que vous n'êtes pas heureuse...- Taisez-vous, sir Ralph, vous allez trop loin. Je ne vous ai pas permis de savoir tant de choses.- Je vous fâche, je le vois ; que voulez-vous ! je ne suis pas adroit ; je ne connais pas les subtilités de votre langue, et puis j'ai beaucoup de rapports avec votre mari. J'ignore absolument comme lui, soit en anglais, soit en français, ce qu'il faut dire aux femmes pour les consoler. Un autre vous eût fait comprendre, sans vous la dire, la pensée que je viens de vous exprimer si lourdement ; il eût trouvé l'art d'entrer bien avant dans votre confiance sans vous laisser apercevoir ses progrès, et peut-être eût-il réussi à soulager un peu votre coeur, qui se raidit et se ferme devant moi. Ce n'est pas la première fois que je remarque combien, en France particulièrement, les mots ont plus d'empire que les idées. Les femmes surtout...- Oh ! vous avez un profond dédain pour les femmes, mon cher Ralph. Je suis ici seule contre deux ; je dois donc me résoudre à n'avoir jamais raison

  • Helynne
    2018-09-19 08:18

    George Sand (real name: Amandine Lucile-Aurore Dupin, the baroness of Dudevant; 1804-1876) is one of my favorite authors. She was not only an incredibly talented and prolific writer of the Romantic era, but also a courageous individual because she wrote at a time when women were not widely respected as novelists. As a result, she endured a list of epithets on her persona such as man-eater, anti-matrimonialist, and Lesbian. She was none of these things, but she was enough of a non-conformist to leave an unhappy marriage and strike out on her own as a novelist. Leaving her husband and two children behind at her estate of Nohant in the French countryside, which she had inherited from her father, Sand took to rubbing shoulders with Paris's literati elite such as Honore de Balzac, Prosper Merimee and Alfred de Musset (she had affairs with the last two). Indiana is the first novel she wrote (1832) by herself without collaboration with anyone. The novel was an instant success de scandal, although the plots, which involves the up and downs, trails and frustrations of an otherwise gentle love story are fairly tame by today’s standards. Indiana is a 19-year-old Créole girl living on the French colonial island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean (near Madagascar). Indiana is romantically and spiritually intended for her cousin Sir Ralph Brown. Their sympathy and purity is preserved by their innocence characters, which, through their link to the unsullied islands of the Indian Ocean, remains close to nature, and in compete opposition to the corruption of society. Sir Ralph always wanted to marry Indiana when she came of age, but her parents arranged another match for her (an unhappy one) and he eventually married someone else. Subsequently, Indiana becomes enamored of Raymon, a charming, but unscrupulous Parisian. Raymon is the embodiment of several egregious ills of Sand’s society—frivolity, ambition, dishonesty, hypocrisy and the seduction of innocent women—all encouraged in men by the misogynistic Code Napoléon. The plot takes a long time to unravel, and Indiana spends a lot of traumatic adventures between Reunion and Paris before she and Ralph can finally be together. The original ending had Ralph and Indiana agreeing to a dual suicide in a leap off of a Réunion cliff, because they felt this act would be a symbolic marriage that would unite them in heaven. Sand soon after added an epilogue to the novel that explained that the couple somehow survived the death leap, settled together on the island of Bourbon, and dedicated the rest of their lives to good works---including buying the freedom of as many slaves as they were able. The conclusion, then testifies to the Romantic idea that pure and good love, cannot exist within the corrupting bonds of civilization, which refuses to see men and women equals. As a reward for their devotion, continence and other qualities not typical in society, Ralph and Indiana are permitted to live in an idealized and sanctified male-female union, albeit a simple, impoverished one.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-11 15:18

    George Sand makes Jane Austen seem fluff, at least in terms of this novel. I still can't believe the amount of on-the-stage, in-your-face, violence that occur here. While the title may suggest we'll get to know Indiana, it's really the men in her life who dominate the tale. We know she was married quite young, to an older man (Monsieur Delmare) whom she doesn't love. We know that she sometimes daydreams about some more powerful romantic force entering her life and saving her from her existence of seemingly sitting by the fire and petting a hunting dog named Ophelia and making small talk with some apparently incommunicative dude named Ralph. We learn that her husband is very jealous of her youth and the potential that may lead to her being taken away from him. We see him exercise his lack of control on this issue through his violence towards her and anyone who is suspected of trying to steal her away.Enter Raymon de Ramiere (forgive the lack of accent graves). Ramiere had started an affair with Indiana's maid Noun. He'd sneak onto the property late at night for booty calls with Noun and in the very opening chapter he is caught in the act and shot by Monsieur Delmare. He is brought back to the Delmare home where he is nursed back to health by Indiana. A suitable enough reason is given to explain his experience on the property and Delmare forgives the trespass to such a degree that Raymon has ready access to do exactly what Delmare had been trying to prevent. Raymon's interest in Indiana exceeds that of his interest in Noun, or at least is focused on a different set of challenges (married vs socially inferior to him). Being a man who can be said to be in love with the chase, not the catch, he quickly alters his attentions accordingly. Noun gets knocked up and commits suicide in a stream. You know, the usual. It's a delightfully violent novel that fluctuates rapidly between holding Indiana up as some type of cautionary tale example to young women, old men and society and an example of how brutal that society can be. Mostly though, I found it an excellent example of how we (men and women) must always look to the actual actions of a person over the words they speak to judge his real character. And sometimes, those characters that say the least can be the most influential.(Not really by the way of anything, this novel contains the most beautiful setting descriptions for suicides I've ever read. Not that I've read anything on suicides!)