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    If I was giving this book a star rating I might go for three It is hardly a story at all but there is a simplicity and a charm to it, well not exactly charm, perhaps grace It has a very proper pragmatism and a quite shocking regard for children, I mean I m used to the attitudes in British literature, in which children are there either to be abused or romanticised to death but not in the same work on the whole Here the father and grandparents and even, without missing to give any spoilers to what is essentially a one line story, other women all have great concern for the happiness and feelings of the children involved There s a sense of deep feeling about the story, not feelings that can be articulated but the feeling an animal has for it s partner when it dies, though without the condescension that one might attach to the feelings of our four legged peers.I hesitate to say anything much than nothing about the story because there is so little too it, but let me say this I felt genuinely lucky to find this at the library, all I knew of Sand was that she was said to sit by or between a pianist s legs as he hammered some tune out of the old Joanna view spoiler rhyming slang, but only if you naturally say piana rather than piano hide spoiler

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    A short ordinary romance story about romanticized versions of the French peasantry The plot is boring, but the descriptions of rural life and peasant customs are charming This is a romanticized look at the peasant, and one which differs from the stark grimness of her own musings on D rer s engravings in the introduction.

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    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 been a widower for two years since you lost my daughter, and your son is seven You re coming up to thirty, my lad, and you know that once you ve passed that age, round these parts, a man is considered too old to start a new household You have three lovely children, and up until now they ve been no bother to us My wife and my daughter in law have looked after them as best they could, and blah, blah, blah It all seemed to get in the way.

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    La Mare au DiableGeorge Sand n e Aurore Dupin 1804 1876 Voil un petit roman d amour romantique, campagnard La mare ensorcel ne joue qu un petit r le dans ce r cit, par contre le mariage avec les nombreuses traditions anciens attach s est longuement d velopp , un peu trop peut tre.Pour les amoureux des romans champ tres de George Sand.

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    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 C line s reading challenge before I got around to reading it La Mare au Diable can be acquired in pretty much any French bookstore from your tiny local one to the big Fnac and should not cost you over two Euros Quite a nice change from the other books I had to track down for this challenge and it s also a nice proof if any was needed that Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, aka George Sand, is a writer that has left its impact on French readers and literature.I think many foreigners have heard of George Sand, a woman ahead of her times, if perhaps not for her literary talent, at least for her unconventional lifestyle namely cross dressing and extramarital affairs In fact, I think her life is as fascinating as her fiction but that would really be the topic of another post so let s get back on track.La Mare au Diable is a short novel, part of a series that is referred to as George Sand s champ tre novels, set in the countryside of her native Berry region which was dear to the author The novel is a criticism of certain simplistic and stereotypical perception of countryside folks and clearly aims at giving a accurate and flattering portrayal of farmers and people raised and living in rural environments Over the course of 130 pages, George Sand depicts these people as experiencing a wide range of complex emotions, emphasizing the notions of justice and morality It s worth mentioning that this of course ties in perfectly with George Sand s socialist views as she had very liberal political views.The novel opens on the depiction of an engraving by Holbein and the author s reflections on the land, the balance between nature and death The narration then zooms in on a young farmer, Germain, widower, father of three, who works hard on his father in law s land Germain is a handsome fellow in his late twenties who sincerely mourns his wife, Catherine, and has so far expressed no desire to remarry However, his father in law, Father Maurine, who appears as the omnipresent, god like father figure in the novel, is always ready to strike a good deal Father Maurice has a lady in mind, and should Germain find her to his liking, the resulting union could bring some than welcomed assets to the family Since Germain has no financial wealth of his own and that his three children are being raised by their aging grandmother and Catherine s sisters and sisters in law, he accepts to go and meet this woman, who s also a widow and who lives several kilometers away Germain is a good natured man, quite happy to surrender to his father in law s keen sense of business and profit, provided the lady pleases him He also sees how remarrying would benefit his children and release his mother in law and sisters in law of the burden of raising them On the day prior to his departure, it is decided that Germain will also travel with sixteen year old Marie who s to start working in a farm close to where Germain is heading, as her mother and herself desperately need the money.As they set off, events take an unexpected turn Germain and Marie are delayed by the appearance of little Pierre, German s eldest son who is about seven years old Little Pierre disobeyed his grandfather and run off as he was too upset at the idea of being left behind by his father The group s progression is slowed down by the presence of this uninvited fellow and because Little Pierre soon grows hungry they stop in a tavern, adding further delay to their journey The travelers then come across a pond and decide to stop for a rest, again on Little Pierre s account as the child now grows tired As the boy falls asleep, Marie and Germain start chatting and the reader can only presume that the characters have reached the pond that is referred to as the devil s pool Indeed, the landscape s changed and acquired a nearly supernatural element veiled moon, fog, etc Later, as the travelers try to set off again and walk for several hours before ending up right where they d started, at the devil s pool As it seems best to wait for daylight before setting off again, they decide to spend the night near the pond Germain spends a difficult night torn between his growing feelings for Marie, which has turned out to be very resourceful during this trip, taking care of Little Pierre, all the while putting together a decent meal when all is thought lost Witty, clever and down to earth Marie appears as a nothing short of a good fairy However, Germain s feelings appear to be one sided as he confesses his love to the young girl The novel takes drastic turn, while during its first half, Germain s quest seemed to be dominated by reason, the second half sees his feelings taking over.As it is later revealed, Marie is also undergoing an inner transformation although she s trying very hard not to give in to her feelings During this trip, Marie will grow from young girl to woman This is perhaps pure speculation on my part as I have not read nearly enough titles published around that period to properly claim this, but it certainly feels like George Sand is somewhat feminizing the traditional quest by adding Marie s perspective and personal growth to the narrative.By the time Germain reaches his destination he s parted ways with Marie and left Little Pierre in her care for a few hours , his quest has clearly changed and we don t expect him to find anything where he s headed And indeed, the widow Gu rin is presented as a haughty and spoiled woman who already has quite a number of suitors Seeing this, Germain lies about his presence there, claiming he s only in town to purchase a pair of bulls for his father in law I admit that while I understand the reasons why the widow has to be depicted in a negative light so as to make the reader regret Mary, I grew slightly annoyed at what Germain s held against her The widow Gu rin is lucky enough to have a second chance at life, after the death of her husband and if we assume that her first marriage was not one of love, as it was often the case, one can certainly understand why she would be taking her time this time around, exploring all of her options But all these reasons do not seem to make it in Germain s reflection as all his thoughts are bent towards Marie as he keeps opposing Marie s simple manners to the widow Gu rin s fake sophistication.Meanwhile, Marie is experiencing some trouble of her own Still accompanied by Little Pierre, Marie soon flees her new employer, who clearly had other things on his mind when he hired her and who s portrayed as the devil himself The little group is reunited again at the pond, although Marie s employer has followed them If he is the devil, Marie appears as the Virgin and Germain as the figure of Saint George His confrontation between the two men feels like the reenactment of the mythical between Saint George and the dragon This marks the social elevation of Germain s character and also coincides with Marie s realization of her feelings for Germain which she ll admit at the end of the novel At any rate, Saint George is a strong figure in rural folklore, especially for George Sand as she s taken on his name.An old lady also makes an appearance, her description will inevitably remind the reader of that of a witch but she s the one to name the pond and explain that none will find their way away from it at night.Once they find their way home safely, despite social obstacles, Marie and Germain find their way to one another Thanks to Little Pierre s intervention who on than one occasion seems to stand for divine intervention with his angelic features and thanks to Germain s father in law s kindness and understanding, their marriage is celebrated by the entire village.La Mare au Diable includes a strange mix of pagan ideology witches, fairies and supernatural setting and Christian elements In many ways, it s an idealized depiction of farmers but a very liberal one nevertheless considering the fact it was written in 1846 It s social aim is clear, so is its spiritual and mystical aim, with its strong focus on morality and pious values, and its romantic sensibility that implies that an individual can be at one with nature.

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    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 and the inscription beneath it In toil and sorrow thou shalt eat The bitter bread of poverty After the burden and the heat, Lo it is Death who calls for thee As Sand continues to state I have allowed myself to be drawn into this digression for the sake of a laborer and it is the story of a laborer which I have been meaning to tell you, and which I shall now tell you at once The StorySand espies the skilled husbandman, Germain, as he plows a field Germain is a widower with three children His inlaws care for the children, but inform Germain they would wish him to find a wife to care for them because with their own responsibilities, they will no longer be able to do it Germain is sad, but follows his father in laws wishes He sets out to the home of a widow who is entertaining thoughts of re marriage Germain takes along with him, a young neighbor girl who will be taking on a new job as a shepherdess at a farm near the widow s Need I say A conflict of emotions will surely enter into the picture.The AppendixIs a wealth of information on the cultural aspects of marriage in France during this time period ImpressionsI had read Indiana by Sand and was not that impressed This little story was a complete surprise Very tenderly written, it describes love in its innocent stage At 90 pages, a short read and very entertaining.5 stars

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    By the 1840s, George Sand s novel writing career had progressed beyond her decade long anti matriomonial period, and she began to write among many other projects some upbeat and happy love stories about the peasants of her native Berry region in central France La Mare au Diable or The Devil s Pool is probably the best known of her popular trio of pastoral novels that includes La Petite Fadette and Francois le Champi.Again, Sand shows her respect for the working peasants of her area, and sees great dignity in the hard, agricultural work they were forced to do for day to day survival The hero of this story is a hard working widowed farmer, Germain, who is nearly 30, handsome, and in need of a wife to help out with his three motherless children His late wife s parents encourage the reluctant Germain to travel to the next town to meet a rich widow, whom they hope he will court and marry As he sets out, a neighbor asks Germain to take along her 16 year old daughter Marie, who is headed for a new job at a nearby farm Germain s nine year old son insists on going along as well As one can guess, Marie begins to enchant Germain, especially as the trio becomes lost in the forest, and must stop for the night beside the devil s pool, where local folklore kicks in, and the mist, fog, and local sprites appear to fill Germain s head with a love he hasn t known in a long time Unfortunately, Marie believes her duty is to her mother, and Germain s to his presumed future wife, and This is a sweet story with a happy ending, and Sand proves in this book that she is just as capable of telling happy love stories as she is of creating sad, cautionary tales about how her society portends misery for the married woman.

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    A quick little read.The book is divided into three parts Introduction from the author a story that is somewhat of a parable or fairy tale appendices that provide information about rural life.The introduction is a commentary on painting of a ploughman, in which a devil dances waiting for the ploughman s death Using this, Sand complains that too much of literature is religious, and that it should be about love.The story is a love story as can be expected and the outcome very predictable I suspect Sand didn t think we couldn t see that predictable ending.If you are interested in family history, and have family who lived in the provinces of France 200 or years ago, the appendices are essential reading They describe wedding traditions and I found them very interesting even though my family is not from that area.

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    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 are men who could become enamoured of this slut is indeed a proof of the abasement of the men of this generation I can t say that I knew the word slut was used in the 19th Century But the quote proved to me that Baudelaire is not a man I would have liked, and that Sand was a woman I could admire.Thanks to my Goodreads friend, Celia, for bringing this one into my vision I enjoyed it very much It was sweet and quiet and beautifully written.

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