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The Haunted Pool: La Mare Au Diable (1890)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE QUEEN OF THE VILLAGE. 1 T OVVEVER, when Germain had removed the marks of - -- travel from his dress and the trappings of his horse, when he had mounted the gray and the road to Fourche had ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 17th 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1846)
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain

وحدها الصدف تقودك للأقلام الجميلة، لكن عبء الاستمرار بقربها يبقى على عاتقك وحدك، مؤخرًا استحوذت الروائية الفرنسية جورج صاند على اهتمامي حيث تتقافز كنيتها المستعارة هذه من بين روايات ومقالات كثيرة ، أحببت التعرف عليها عن قرب من خلال عمل من أعمالها، العنوان فنّي ومثير وبعيد كل البعد عن مضمون الرواية ، فلا شياطين و لا مستنقعات مائية ولا متاهة، دوامة اتخاذ القرار الصائب هي المتاهة التي سيعيشها شخصيات الرواية، حيث يتوجه جرمان الفلاح الأرمل و ماري الصبية لرحلة موحّدة للبحث عن مبتغى مختلف ، لكن رامة ال
Apr 08, 2014 Hadrian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, fiction
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 Dürer's engravings in the introduction.
Apr 10, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
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 ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Helynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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, ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
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 sus
Apr 03, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nate D
Sep 13, 2016 Nate D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, read-in-2015
The oh-so-alluringly named Shameless Hussy Press, who brought this back into print in the 70s, bemoan that there are so many books about George Sand about, but so few by her. Typically I'd side with their interests, but, alas, actually reading this particular somewhat idealized pastoral romance from Sand's pen in 1840s has nothing on hearing about her life. Just look into it, or watch the fairly insane period drama about Sand and Chopin that Zulawski filmed in the early 90s -- she's amazing. But ...more
عبدالعزيز مال الله
تبدأ الأحداث عندما يعرض الأب موريس على صهره الزواج من فتاة أخرى بعد وفاة زوجته، إذ أختار له الزوجة، صديق الأب، وما كان من جيرمان إلا أن يرضخ لحماه رغم شعوره بالخوف والحزن، ومن هنا يظهر لنا التناقض بين الشخوص، ما يريده الأب من أملاك وجاه وما يريده جيرمان، زوجة صالحة لمنزله وصغاره بعيدًا عن الأمور المادية، ثم تبدأ الحكاية، لحظة خروج جيرمان من المزرعة مع ماري الصغيرة وابنه الصغير بيير، وهروب الحصان أقناء سيرهم في الغابة.. صراع من أجل البقاء ودراسة الآخر، جيرمان وماري الصغيرة

قصة عن الحب والصراع، صرا
Apr 21, 2015 Skip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great view of tiny village life in France. It is about what people do, feel think, what they daily cope with, in such a place. It is also a story of love's anguish. The best part of the book is the wedding and the culture surrounding weddings in France. I immensely enjoyed this book. One of the great things an outstanding fiction writer such as Sand can do, is to put you right at the scene, the place, the feeling, bringing the reader to a place otherwise never experienced.
Jan 18, 2014 Şenol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Güzel bir öykü idi. Kendimi köyde hissettim. Farklı bir zamana daldım.
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 Céline'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 ha
Feb 14, 2010 Alik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Ces gens-là parlent trop français pour nous, et, depuis Rabelais et Montaigne, les progès de la langue nous ont fait perdre bien des vieilles richesses. Il en est ainsi de tous les progrès, il faut en prendre son parti. Mais c'est encore un plaisir d'entendre ces idiotismes pittoresques régner sur le vieux terroir du centre de la France; d'autant plus que c'est la véritable expression du caractère moqueusement tranquille et plaisamment disert des gens qui s'en servent."
(George Sand, "Les Noces
Aug 21, 2013 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
My first foray into the works of George Sand was disappointing. Perhaps something is lost in translation.


The story begins by praising the lifestyle and virtues of the peasant class, which leads into the love story of Germain and Marie, meant, I suppose to illustrate the beauty and purity of their bucolic lives. "Little Marie" is menaced at every turn by dangerous male sexuality until she is safely married to one of those threats, Germain himself, who seems at times to be on th
A Romantic novel, with a simple, lovely story, which, in a sense, glorifies farming based on its connection to nature, and points out that the working class, and farmers in particular, have their own sort of intelligence/savvy which the more "civilized" people don't understand, but that doesn't mean farmers are stupid. While I can certainly appreciate this, especially within the context of the industrialization of France during the nineteenth century, it needed a little bit more realistic detail ...more
Mar 24, 2013 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With a title like “The Devil’s Pool,” I have to admit I was expecting a story that was a little, well, creepier. Especially when one summary stated, in substance, that Germain is seen as an old guy at nearly thirty, respectable, who would never! make a move on a 16 year old farm girl he is escorting to her place as a shepherdess.

Ah, well. That is what I get when I get caught up in expectations. George Sand was such a boundary pusher in her personal life, I thought maybe she would reveal this lec
Pete daPixie
A short but very readable tale set in the French Berry region amongst the agricultural peasantry of the eighteenth century. A more gentle and almost poetic portrayal of country life than say Hardy's 'Tess'. George Sand writes with a light easy flow, yet her story telling in 'The Devil's Pool' has hints of something dark lurking on the next page.
When her world was rushing forward, out from the countryside into the industrial cities, Sand reflects on the rural world where she spent her childhood.
Philip Lane
A rather thin book for a rather thin story. I am intrigued as to why this extended short story is well regarded. I can only assume that there is an element of folk history that is appealing. There is an extensive description of the customs surrounding a French country wedding which are quite appealing. The actual plot is slight and based on the traditional boy meets girl story. I kept expecting some sort of spooky twist as the title refers to a pool that the lovers end up camping beside and is s ...more
Kenneth Thomas
Mar 26, 2016 Kenneth Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the work of the Brontes, Sand's work chronicles the social, geographical, and other transformations of life in peasant France, including the rapid destruction of local ways of life, due to the onset of early modernity and merchant capitalism. It is simultaneously a paen for lost worlds, a celebration of the freedom wrought by modernity, especially for women-- and a deep questioning, of the value of these changes.
As much as the Brontes are often misread and not read as serious thinkers, this
S.D. Johnson
Oct 25, 2012 S.D. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light-hearted novella addressing some serious issues. Initially I was skeptical reading the first part and found Sand's introductory chapter to be at turns romanticizing poverty and condescending to it. After reading the whole thing though I believe she had a sincere interest in humanity. The story is romantic, sometimes witty, and sometimes it seems a disguised pamphlet for socialism or women's rights, but it is only in that it is provocative, because she is never didactic.
Soukyan Blackwood
A more decent review is here: Msg2TheMing
Very, very far from my cup of tea, this book. Well written, well translated, very short - these are the pros. The biggest con was the terribly dull and long wedding description at the end of it.
Czarny Pies
Oct 18, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Czarny by: It was on a course that I was taking.
Shelves: french-lit
The big question about George Sand has always been how could anyone so extravagant write such dull books.
Jean-Paul Walshaw-Sauter


«Je venais de regarder longtemps et avec une profonde mélancolie le laboureur d'Holbein, et je me promenais dans la campagne, rêvant à la vie des champs et à la destinée du cultivateur. Sans doute il est lugubre de consumer ses forces et ses jours à fendre le sein de cette terre jalouse, qui se fait arracher les trésors de sa fécondité, lorsqu'un morceau de pain le plus noir et le plus grossier est, à la fin de la journée, l'unique récompense et l'unique profit attachés à un si dur labeur. Ces r
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Oct 01, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by the man who mends my bicycle. He's a fine fellow.
Oct 16, 2016 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Sand's three pastoral novels, the others being LA PETITE FADETTE and FRANCOIS LE CHAMPI, all set in the Creuse countryside several hundred miles south of Paris where Sand spent a good part of her life.

In an interesting introduction she discusses how the novel in one sense was inspired by one of Holbein's paintings that shows peasants grimly laboring, their only hope being a distant and illusory dream of a "hereafter." The more she thought about the subject, the more she wanted to
Oct 28, 2016 CC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realize this sounds like an appropriate read for the days leading up to Halloween.

Let me disappoint you all and say no, this is a misleading title. Even in French, because it sounds much more spooky in English (I think it's "The Devil's Pool" in translation?) To be fair, I knew this going in, but I can imagine some people going in blind.

This is a very short book, with a little over 100 pages, including an introduction that was frankly more interesting than the actual story. I won't say this is
C.C. Thomas
Jan 01, 2012 C.C. Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I suspect this book is a classic in only one sense of the word--it's oldness. Goodness knows, there is no other reason to read it.

The first part of the book is a preaching by the author against popular culture and the public's need to celebrate it. Not much has seemed to change since 1846, huh? Instead, Sand states, we should celebrate the life of a simple man.

The second part of the book is the story of a simple man. Germain is a hard-working widower with three children. At first glance, he see
Šią knygutę įsigijau tada, kai perkant knygas internetu reikėjo sudaryti tam tikrą minimalią sumą ir trūko labai nedaug. Ji papuošė mano knygų lentyną, nes viršelis tikrai labai gražus. Žiūrėdama į jį tikėjausi paslaptingo, senovinio pasakojimo.

Jis nebuvo labai jau paslaptingas, bet vis tik kažkiek senovinis. Istorija pirmą kartą parašyta 1846 metais. Jei ne pirmi du skyriai ir kažkuris iš paskutinių, man knyga būtų labiau patikusi. Juos beskaitydama pasijutau lyg grįžusi į mokyklą ir skaitydama
Stephen Brooke
Oct 29, 2015 Stephen Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For one wishing to become acquainted with the writing of George Sand, this novella-length work is not at all a bad place to start. The plot is pretty much that of any number of romantic comedy movies you may have seen and it was certainly not new when Sand used her variant of it.

But she handles it adroitly and sets it in fairly well realized French country scene. Melodramatic and sentimental? “The Devil's Pool” is a bit of both. Then there is the match between the two protagonists, and their age
I'd not read any Sand bfore and I must admit I didn't care for this one at all. I think growing up in the countryside has given me an in-built hatred for anything that pictures "idyllic peasants". If I'm going to read novels about the countryside I want them to be about people filled with hate for their society, not paragon's of virtue. The problem with this book was that everyone was just too happy and perfect. I felt sorry for the main character Marie, even though she was pure good and empty-h ...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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“The maid told him that a girl and a child had come looking for him, but since she didn't know them, she hadn't cared to ask them in, and had told them to go on to Mers.
"Why didn't you let them in?" asked Germain angrily. "People must be very suspicious in this part of the world, if they won't open the front door to a neighbor."
"Well, naturally!" replied the maid. "In a house as rich as this, you have to keep a close watch on things. While the master's away I'm responsible for everything, and I can't just open the door to anyone at all."
"That's a mean way to live," said Germain; "I'd rather be poor than live in fear like that. Good-bye to you, miss, and good-bye to this horrible country of yours!”
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