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The author's first novel, based on her own experience. A romantic young woman is trapped in a cold marriage and finds a lover.
Paperback, 327 pages
Published March 15th 2000 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1832)
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Duane
.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 cla ...more
Laura
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 eBooks@Adelaide.

The audio version in English is available at LibriVox.

And the audio version in French is available at Literature audio.com.

Dara Salley
I picked up this book at a library book sale because I recognized the author’s name. In 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, pal ...more
Shannon
Jul 29, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 somethi
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Johnny Waco
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 close ...more
Lizzie
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 th
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Carol
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 en ...more
Andreea
Jan 11, 2015 Andreea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 !"

lisa_emily
Dec 21, 2007 lisa_emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romancers
Shelves: fictions
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 Flaube
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Jennifer
Mar 12, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 o
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Patricia
Jul 08, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 marriag
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Marius
Jan 12, 2016 Marius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plongés comme on est dans la culture de l'instant, on peut ressentir une tension indéniablement irritante dans le marathon émotionnel de cette poignée de personnages qui a pour point culminant le "monologue de la chute d'eau". Mélodrame, roman gothique, roman féministe sont des étiquettes probablement justes mais faciles et appauvrissantes devant le talent qu'il faut reconnaître à Aurore Dudevant si on veut bien s'imbiber quelque temps de son univers, remarquable par sa justesse de langage et l' ...more
Jennifer
3.5 stars
Princess Becca
Indiana is, in many respects, a surprisingly mature novel, and yet in others it betrays its author's novice status. The intricacy of the plot and the narrator's playful irony and self-consciousness make Indiana's story a particularly striking read; one cannot help but admire George Sand's insight into human psychology. Echoes, both within the text itself and to external literary myths, resound throughout the novel, and Sand manages to give atmospheres a supernatural feeling without ceasing to so ...more
Rdt
Mar 20, 2016 Rdt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All of the characters in this book are uninteresting mediocrities. Indiana and Ralph are characters without personalities. Indiana's husband is a simple blockhead. Raymon is a bit less of a dim bulb, but he is deeply banal. The only character capable of enduring and believable love is Ralph, but he is so bland that it is hard to have empathy for him. I had trouble having sympathy for Indiana, because I found her to be an uninteresting character. She has no wit or true passion. We are told that s ...more
Beth Robinson
Melodrama! There is no hero here, not even Ralph, and while Indiana is the main protagonist she is not what I’d call a heroine. All four of the main characters are treated sympathetically, even through their mis-steps.

The story is narrated by a self-aware outside party, which is made sense of at the end of the book. I found some of the additional judgements and comments made by the narrator to be unnecessary. But it does allow the story to be told from an appropriate outside perspective.

I’m not
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Maan Kawas
Jan 26, 2016 Maan Kawas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ferris
Feb 08, 2015 Ferris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This an interesting novel. While, if you occasionally enjoy a good melodrama, this is a good selection, I found it inconsistent at times. The protagonist is a classically ethereal beauty who is downtrodden by her husband, who is in love with a scoundrel, and who is beloved by a strong and selfless male friend. Nothing unusual there. Stormy, passionate moments define the entire story until the heavens open and provide a peaceful, idyllic ending. Nothing unusual there either. I think the strangene ...more
Rebecca
Aug 15, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how good this was--I'll have to look for more of her novels. This is a story of a young girl married to a much older man who can neither understand nor fulfill her romantic yearning for love, and was published in 1832. The two other main characters are a plausible scoundrel of easy conscience and little virtue, and Indiana's older cousin who has loved her and protected her from the time she was 5. There is a lot of talk about politics and moral theorizing that must have been hot ...more
Sal Coraccio
Jan 27, 2014 Sal Coraccio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was mentioned in Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time", so, feeling buried by the task of finishing that [4000 page] book, decided to divert to this one. Turns out I could have found the reference to her or her works from many authors; Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dostoevsky... Good company, right?

Glad I did, or certainly not feeling any regrets. First off, worth mentioning and should be evident by the writing (the disparity is what made me flip to The Wiki, "Who is thi
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Tessa Rose
May 15, 2014 Tessa Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful story about women's rights and fighting suppression. Being told in the perspective of a French woman during medieval times only makes this book more powerful and meaningful. It follows Indiana's journey in France as she is married to a old French man with ancient notions about women and fights her suppression as an inferior wife through tribulations of love, sacrifice, and honor. Though published in the 1800s, this story holds a message that transcends the boundaries of time. ...more
Lisa
I hope you noticed, dear reader, that contrary to my usual practice, I have not #NamedTheTranslator. That is because *drum roll* I have read this novel by French author George Sand in the original French. And after the first dozen chapters, I did not ‘translate’ as I read. I just read it, without worrying much about vocabulary I didn’t know unless it really seemed critical. (You can see for yourself where I stumble in my translations below).

This is not to imply that I understood every word of it
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Leani
Mar 14, 2016 Leani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My feeling about this book changed frequently as I was reading it. The first third was rather slow and I struggled through it, disliking all the characters. Thereafter the story gained considerable strength, and Indiana in particular became a wonderfully complex character for whom I felt compassion and respect, in spite of her faults. I finally understood why Sand is known for her sympathetic way of painting (very human) characters. Then last night I read the last chapter and threw the book down ...more
Mazel
Aug 16, 2009 Mazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
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 ro
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Kaitlin
Indiana Review “A day will come when everything in my life will be changed, when I shall do good to others, when some one will love me, when I shall give my whole heart to the man whi gives ne his; neanwhile, U will suffer in silence and keep my love as a reward for him who shall set me free.”i thought Indiana was a really good book. It was mix of courage, strength and finding hope/yourself a long the way. I heard about Indiana through Meg Frampton (Meg & Dia pre-voice Dia Frampton in case y ...more
Kristyn Conner
Jan 16, 2011 Kristyn Conner rated it really liked it
I had initially heard of George Sand’s first independent novel upon listening to a Meg & Dia track entitled (what else?) “Indiana,” over five years ago. This song in particular seemed to stand out from the rest of their album; its lyrics weren’t necessarily about love or despair or the slew of other human emotions that songs are typically about, but rather, it appeared to tell a story of which I was unfamiliar. The story depicted a girl named “Indiana,” a “strong and obedient wife” who had b ...more
Tracey
Mar 02, 2011 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Indiana” was fantastic and Sand is absolutely brilliant. Her dialog and thought blew me away. She wrote with such terrific feminist wit and sarcasm that I found myself highlighting a sentence or whole paragraph on almost every page: “All women have to stimulate themselves with the prospect of romantic, dangerous schemes, just like invalids who need sharp, spicy seasonings to whet their appetites!”, “It was the silent submission of the slave who feels his hatred is a virtue and his misfortune a ...more
Hannah Taylor
Having never before read any work of George Sand's, I was unsure as to what I should expect; 'Indiana' is wonderfully written, peppered with wit and pearls of wisdom without being too sober or austere. Sand's depiction of Raymon, the self-interested, capricious and manipulative lover, is as comical as it is detestable, and her portrayal of Indiana as the naive, misused young woman whose frail constitution suffers many an emotional blow is almost convincing. Though full of conviction, the tale st ...more
Helynne
Jun 30, 2009 Helynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lysmerry
Mar 27, 2012 Lysmerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, 2012
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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.

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