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Set against the backdrop of France's industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While ambition
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Paperback, 183 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published 1860)
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Gina
Aug 22, 2012 Gina rated it liked it
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Though I loved Sand's simple, concrete, and human writing style immensely, I cannot forgive her the last quarter of this book. The ending devolved into serendipitous conveniences and clichéd parlor tricks for testing a man's love through deception. In bringing her two love interests together in order to share their 19th century happily ever after (a wedding), Sand forsakes all the subtlety of their proceeding characterization.

I will be reading George Sand again, but I hope in the next book I re
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Ce
Jul 30, 2011 Ce rated it really liked it
Got it for 1.90 dollars new...a tribute to George Sand and her dreams of a more equitable society. Despite her powerful opinion, her books reflects that in the end she is a woman...in love of life. One more for her!
Lily
LbW selection, May, 2008. Enjoyed this introduction to George Sand, but found the writing, at least the translation, wooden. Would still like to read her Consuelo (1842).
Laura Edwards
Aug 08, 2015 Laura Edwards rated it liked it
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I originally gave this book 4 stars, but after thinking about it I've changed the rating to a 3. This is by far my least favorite book by Sand. I enjoyed "Horace" much more and it only received a 4, so I really couldn't justify a 4 star rating for this book, too.
Lauren
Jan 24, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
Sand is more fascinating in her actual life than in her works. Her prose is bland and her themes tired.
Steve Gordon
A somewhat simple tale of utopian socialist tint - though I did enjoy the class consciousness of the characters.
Stephanie A.
Jan 01, 2013 Stephanie A. rated it it was ok
I remember a lot of symbolism going on, which is always helpful, but the actual story was super bland.
Rhonda Hankins
Enjoyed the writing and the story enough to be curious to read more George Sand.
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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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