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Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand (Suny Series, Women Writers in Translation)

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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. "
Paperback, 1184 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by State University of New York Press (first published 1855)
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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
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)
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Indiana (roman, 1832)
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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
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
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
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
Drăgan Andreea
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.
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.
Debbie Hoskins
George Sand was so creative, unique, and quirky - like a rock star.
Sep 22, 2011 Virginia rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Mired down mid way. I'll try again sometime.
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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 sɑ̃d]), 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 whe
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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.”
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