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La Mare au diable by George Sand
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Mar 27, 2008

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Years ago I saw a movie about Sand's relationship with Chopin (the unfortunately titled Impromptu, with Judy Davis as Sand) and I have been curious to read something by her since then. You'll be able to guess the whole plot from the set up: a country widower with three children sets out with a young neighbor girl on a short journey to a nearby villiage to meet a potential new bride, but falls in love instead with his travelling companion. It is a short, but pleasant read, with nice detail about 19th century wedding customs in central France (which involve a sacred cabbage, no less). If you are looking for an English translation, check for the title The Haunted Pool in your library -- published in 1890 by Dodd, Mead and reprinted in the 70s by Shamless Hussy Press. The translation is a little dusty, but will do.

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