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Esta apasionante y conmovedora novela narra la historia de Indiana, una bella e inocente joven obligada a contraer un matrimonio de conveniencia con el señor Delmare, un estricto y anciano coronel ya retirado. Bajo el ala protectora de su primo, el fiel y taciturno sir Ralph, la joven e infeliz esposa vive una existencia anodina en una rica mansión de provincias hasta que ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 11th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1832)
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BrokenTune
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
‘You’ve been unbelievably imprudent!’ said Raymon, carefully closing the door behind him. ‘And my servants know you’re here! They’ve just told me.’
‘I made no secret of my presence,’ she replied coldly, ‘and, as for the word you use, I think it ill-chosen.’
‘I said imprudent; I ought to have said insane.’
‘I would have said courageous. But it doesn’t matter.'


No, no, it does matter, and I would like to get back to using the word insane. This novel was insane. Seriously, there was nothing sane amidst
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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
Gabrielle Dubois
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In her two prefaces, that of 1832, when Indiana first released ― George Sand was 28―, and that of 1848, when it was republished, she explains why and how she wrote this novel. She had already a great experience of life, for such a young woman, at the beginning of the 19th century, and above all, she a luminous intelligence.

"I wrote Indiana, I had to write Indiana (…) Is the cause I was defending so small? It is that of half of the human race, it is that of the entire human race; for the woe of w
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I only read this book because it is set on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar, wanting to read as many books set as many places in Africa as I cross countries and occupied territories off of my list. Technically Reunion is part of France, but isn't anywhere near it.

I know of George Sand from her relationship with Chopin, but this is the first book I have read by her.
It is the story of a "Creole" woman (the older version of the word, meaning anyone born in the islands, no matter thei
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Celia
Indiana, was the first published solo novel written by Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, whose adopted pen name starting with this book was George Sand.

I had never read a book written by this author, so chose for my first, Indiana, the United State in which I was born.

Indiana is the name of the story's heroine. She is married to a man much older than she in a loveless marriage. Other characters are her maid, Noun (isn't that a neat name?), Ralph Brown, her cousin, and Ramon de Ramiere, a dandy who
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Mary
What a horribly tragic tale! Damn you, George Sand!!
Elizabeth (Alaska)
The Goodreads description suggests this is a feminist novel. We have moved so far from the context in which this could be considered such that it is hard to see it. However, there is one strong scene in which Indiana tells her despotic husband that he cannot tell her how or what to think. Such a radical position in 1832!

M. Delmare is not the most despicable of the male characters. That position must be reserved for Raymon de Ramiere.
It was not the first time that Raymon saw a woman take love se
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Shannon
Jul 20, 2012 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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Leni Iversen
Spent the first half of this book increasingly disgusted with the plot and the characters. I didn't care what happened to them. I also wondered if it read better in French. The dialogue especially seemed odd to me. (For clarification, I am used to reading 19th century novels, but I am mainly used to reading English ones.)

I kept reading mainly because I needed the book for a challenge, and because I was intrigued by the glimpses into French culture during the Bourbon Restoration. Then when I star
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Dara Salley
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I picked up this book at a library book sale because I recognized the author’s name. I 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, pale ...more
Aubrey
As long as he religiously respects the lives and the money of his fellow citizens, nothing more is asked of him. He may beat his wife, mistreat his servants, ruin his children, and it is no one's business. Society condemns only those acts that do it harm; it is not concerned with private life.
I baffle myself sometimes with what I end up liking. First The Coquette, now this. It's not like this work isn't horrendously dramatic or that the resulting ending is rather squick in a period when the ma
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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
Pink
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent most of the book wanting to slap Indiana. Although an infuriating character who didn't conform to my own wishes, I was rooting for her throughout the story. It's not exactly a happy ending though.
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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Stef Rozitis
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-women-2016
This book was depressing. I enjoyed, in a masochistic way, some of what seemed like humour in the book when it was talking about how much more selfish the wet blanket Ralph was than the rake Raymon and also how morally upright and genuine Raymon was. I despised him. He had a kind of white, wealthy male narcissistic personality disorder. Indiana's husband was simply a horrible boor, and even the supposedly noble Ralph was misogynistic in his view of her as a fragile object or a non-sentient godde ...more
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
lisa_emily
Dec 05, 2007 rated it liked it
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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Emily
After enjoying Mauprat, it was inevitable that I was going to read another Sand novel. Indiana seemed to be well-known, and available in translation, so that was that choice made! As an interesting sidenote, it was her first novel (excluding a collaboration).

Let’s take a look at the blurb, courtesy of the Academy Chicago Publishers edition (2nd printing, 1984): A beautiful, very young woman married to a much older man meets and falls in love with the fashionable rake who has already seduced her
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Carmen Sohorianu
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Passion for love itself, dramatic scenery, unwanted relationship and accepted destiny are the main points of the book. Indiana loves to be in love, but she’s missing the point of loving herself. It gave me thrills, disgust, pity, adrenaline, curiosity and finally peace. It has it all!
Cathy
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had never read George Sand, and when I found Indiana in a used bookstore I thought it was time to remedy that. It turned out to be a lot of fun, although I can see why Sand is not read as much today as the Brontes or Jane Austen.

Indiana opens with a fantastic first chapter, in which several of our main characters are huddled around a fire in a dreary, chilly chateau on a drizzly fall night. I've never read another 19th-century novel that gave me such a vivid sense of how oppressive night must
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Lysmerry
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, french
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Marie
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
It starts off relatively strong - for a novel of it's time period. Well, okay, let's face it - it starts with four pages describing three people staring at the hearth fire because they are bored out of their minds. No modern novel would ever begin like this, and thank god - but also novels contemporary to this one manage not to be quite so glacially paced. Still, there is some violence and action after that. A mysterious man is shot and falls from a wall and needs to be identified and cared for. ...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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Beth Robinson
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
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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Joyce Barrass
I read 'Indiana', only really knowing about George Sand as Chopin's lover. Perhaps I chose the wrong book (her first) to help me understand more about Sand as a writer. Unfortunately, I felt unable to connect to any of the main characters, Indiana, Ralph, or Raymon. Ophelia the dog was the only one who captured my heart and that didn't end well. The levels of verbosity, the role of women in the book, racial caricaturisation of "creoles", plus such a welter of telling not showing - or rather tell ...more
katie
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yet another "I can't believe it took me so long to read this author!" I absolutely loved George Sand and will definitely read more of her work.

The writing was well-crafted and engrossing, even though this was a pretty typical example of melodrama, and most of the male characters were the worst. The gender roles and mores were infuriating, but she still made the characters feel real.

And also, reading this one made me feel super glad to be living in the 21st century.
Yana Tretyakova
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Blind and fake love cause great damages, but the heroine of this book has managed not only to survive (even though, she had some terrible thoughts of suicide), but she decided she was worth living and to be loved. I don't support some actions of Indiana, but I also can't blame her for them.

This book is about women's emancipation and brings up the problems of unhappy marriages and love affairs. I like that the author was bold enough to mention woman's despair in loveless marriage.
Maan Kawas
Jun 04, 2014 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.
Jennifer
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Calzean
Yep this is a 19th century romance novel that also covers women rights (or lack thereof), social classes, the cruel restrictive rules of conformance, the disgrace of infidelity and France's subordination of Reunion as a colony.
Indiana has an off and on relationship with the rake/cad Raymon. The story does get a bit tedious with the will she or won't she dithering. To me the book only became interesting after Raymon found himself another lady with wealth to marry and disappears from the story. An
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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, 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 she began sporting men's clothing
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“Nothing is so easy as to deceive one’s self when one does not lack wit and is familiar with all the niceties of language. Language is a prostitute queen who descends and rises to all roles. Disguises herself, arrays herself in fine apparel, hides her head and effaces herself; an advocate who has an answer for everything, who has always foreseen everything, and who assumes a thousand forms in order to be right. The most honorable of men is he who thinks best and acts best, but the most powerful is he who is best able to talk and write” 47 likes
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