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Laura by George Sand
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Apr 22, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2010, fantasy
Read from April 21 to 22, 2010

This book reads more like a fever dream than anything else I can think of to describe it. Some of that is the psychological thriller aspect of it as written, and some of it is the lost in translation aspect, not from French to English, but from 19th to 21st century. I know little of this thread of European thought, but the story seems to be imagining a fantastic struggle between science and mystery. Darwin had written; Creationism was taking its first blows. How to imagine reality, then? Must beauty disappear in the face of materialism? Are faith and insanity radically linked? These are some of the themes that haunt this story. "Haunt" is a word that comes, I think, from having 21st century eyes, even though those eyes began to see soon after the halfway point of the 20th century. The science fiction in the book is unbelievable now; racism and colonialism abound, and yet the struggle of the times comes through. Worth reading as an historical marker, and inspires me to check out more of George Sand's work.
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Laura sounds interesting...


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