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Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand

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This book is more than the autobiography of an extraordinary woman. It is also the story of a century of French history as lived through the experiences and fates of three generations, the tumultuous history of the birth of modern France and the transformation of a society. "
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Published July 3rd 1991 by State University of New York Press (first published 1854)
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Sep 29, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Iconoclast that she is, George Sand's independent spirit and astute observatory powers are evident from the first page of her memoirs, which begin with her early childhood and finish up with her affair with Chopin--who sounds like a total sap. (I say that in a fond way, Chopin is one of my favorite composers and I loved the movie Impromptu).

It's interesting to read about Sand's contempt for the Ton of the 19th century, people who sound like they've taken a few too many ballet lessons. There is
Free download available at Project Gutenberg - Histoire de ma Vie, Livre 1 (Vol.1 to 4).

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Even if this book is not considered as a true autobiography (it seems the author didn't follow the faits and the corresponding dates), I really liked it.

Her relationship with her grand-mother was stronger than to her mother and she w
I enjoyed the beginning where she describes her childhood and youth. I enjoyed the bits of French history that played a part. The latter half of the book is a lot more philosophical and I found this less interesting. Maybe I had hoped for some more juicy bits about her liaisons!
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Jun 25, 2014 Drăgan Andreea rated it it was amazing
Foarte remarcabilă gândirea autoarei. Îmi pare rău că un suflet atât de bun ca al său a trebuit să îndure atâta nefericire. Am izbucnit în plâns când am văzut că nu mai am ce să mai citesc. Merită fiecare cuvânt aşternut de ea pe hârtie.
Paula Dembeck
This translation of George Sand’s autobiography by Dan Hofstadter is divided into three parts. Part One is her autobiography, Part Two contains letters between George and her lover Alfred de Musset as well as extracts from her journal from the period November 15 to 28 1834, and Part Three describes time she spent on the island of Majorca with Fredric Chopin.
In the autobiography, heavily weighted to her early years, George Sand recounts her life story through three generations. Aurore Dupin, (
E.J. Matze
Mar 15, 2010 E.J. Matze marked it as to-read
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manuscrit de Un hiver à Majorque.
Le Commissionnaire (avec Jules Sandeau) (1830).
Rose et Blanche (avec Jules Sandeau, roman, 1831)
La Fille d'Albano (1831)
Valentine (roman, 1831)
Indiana (roman, 1832)
Lélia (roman, 1833)
Aldo le Rimeur (1833)
Une conspiration en 1537 (1833)
Journal intime (1834)
Jacques (roman, 1834)
Le Secrétaire intime (roman, 1834)
La Marquise (roman, 1834)
Garnier (conte, Urbain Canel / Adolphe Guyot 1834)
Lavinia (1834)
Métella (1834)
André (roman, 1835)
Sep 12, 2009 H.A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a GREAT book. Or rather, the first 3/4 of it was. Ms. Sands talks in charming, sometimes depressing, detail about her childhood, but with an intriguing style that kept me interested and entertained throughout. It was fascinating to learn about the people and places that influenced such an interesting life. It's unfortunate that the book sort of putters out at the end, and short shrift is given to all the events of her life after the death of her grandmother -- including her marriage, ca ...more
Erster Band der Lebensgeschichte von George Sand - mit Rückblick auf die Geschichte ihres Vaters und die Verwandtschaft im Adel von Sachsen. Es wird fleißig aus Briefen zitiert und geschichtliche Anspielungen häufen sich - da tut es gut, wenn man über die Zeit der Revolution und Napoleons etwas mehr parat hat als gesundes Halbwissen. Die Ausgabe besteht aus vier Bänden - bis hin zu Chopin und der Reise nach Mallorca. Der vierte Band beschäftigt sich dann auch mit dem Werk. Man muss autobiographi ...more
There's a lot of things in this book : indeed, George Sand keeps shifting the subject, so that it can get a bit confusing at times... and even frustrating, when pages upon pages are spent on the smallest details while other things that might interest the reader (like how she met Chopin !) are not even mentionned.

However, she was not looking to please the reader, simply to "put her souvenirs in order", and in that we can respect her choices. And it still leaves some (very) interesting things, lik
Dec 28, 2014 C.C. rated it it was amazing
Explains a bit of how Sand's deep understanding developed. Remarkable person with great intelligence of soul. All her writings contain a heartfelt morality rooted in compassionate spirituality. She questions the values of her time and overlooked emotional psychological abuses of society and women.

In some ways this portrait captures the depth of understanding humanity, in same way George Sand's writing does. Artwork that includes nobility beauty and sense of compassion for humanities sufferings.
Sep 10, 2007 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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quite strange autobiography of the 19th century french female novelist Aurore Dupin, penname George Sand. the majority of the book details her life before the age of 8! the last forty years of her life, including all the years of her career, fame, and romance with famous writers and artists of her day, take up 2 short chapters.

anyway, it's well written and most of the book describes a somewhat interesting power struggle between competing matriarchs in a semi-aristocratic family during the autho
Sep 25, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing
this book is very nice and's broken into 3 sections, the first of which is a little boring and i secretly skipped alot of it...but the 2nd and 3rd parts are just great, and the descriptions of childhood and how it feels to be little are wonderful! that was my favorite part.
Jul 25, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
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Mar 08, 2015 Coconut Hunter rated it it was amazing
the amazing way, Aurore talks about her mother, her family, nature, France!! I love this book!! I need more time..its a book that for sure you will wanna read again as soon as you can!!
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Admito que descubrí la existencia de esta escritora recientemente, y en seguida sentí mucha curiosidad sobre su peculiar decisión de firmar bajo un nombre masculino (y vestirse también como hombre, según los estándares de la época), y quise indagar más acerca de cómo era para una mujer del siglo XIX introducirse en las artes, en este caso, literarias. Sin embargo su autobiografía me dejó con las ganas, porque es muy poco lo que dice sobre estas cuestiones. Encuentro un desequilibrio entre los re ...more
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Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, later Baroness (French:baronne) Dudevant (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand (French pronunciation: [ʒɔʁʒ sɑd]), was a French novelist. She is considered by some a feminist although she refused to join this movement. She is regarded as the first French female novelist to gain a major reputation.

Sand's reputation came into question when
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“[On Chopin's Preludes:]

"His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds. His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. ... The gift of Chopin is [the expression of] the deepest and fullest feelings and emotions that have ever existed. He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.”
“Honestly, I do not believe in a drunk Byron writing beautiful verses. Inspiration can pass through the soul just as easily in the midst of an orgy as in the silence of the woods, but when it is a question of giving form to your thoughts, whether you are secluded in your study or performing on the planks of a stage, you must be in total possession of yourself.” 1 likes
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