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The first novel that George Sand wrote without a collaborator, this is not only a vivid romance, but also an impassioned plea for change in the inequitable French marriage laws of the time, and for a new view of women. It tells the story of a beautiful and innocent young woman, married at sixteen to a much older man. She falls in love with her handsome, frivolous neighbor, ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 11th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1832)
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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‘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
.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
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
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
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
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are moments of exaltation and ecstasy when our thoughts become, in a way, more pure, more subtle, more ethereal. These rare moments raise us up so high, carry us so far out of ourselves, that when we fall back to earth we lose the consciousness and the memory of that intellectual intoxication. Who can understand the anchorite’s mysterious visions? Who can relate the dreams of the poet before his emotion has cooled so that he can write them down for us?
Mary Eve
What a horribly tragic tale! Damn you, George Sand!!
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Contrary to popular opinion the most melodramatic romance ever written is not Madame Bovary, but Indiana by George Sand. What did I just read?! My feelings in emoji:
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...more
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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!
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No less than 4.5 stars. George Sand’s Indiana (Oxford Univ Press, paperback) is a very early work by a very mature 28-year-old woman writer. On the surface it is a nicely done variation on a classic love triangle. A very young woman, her family in financial need marries off a daughter (Indiana) into a loveless marriage with a jealous much older rich man who gets has a romantic bad boy neighbor. So far this could be just another melodrama, queue the black and white flickering camera and the soulf ...more
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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Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 l ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Kristyn Conner
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 begun ...more
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Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, later Baroness (French:baronne) Dudevant (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her androgynous pseudonym George Sand, was a French novelist, memoirist, and socialist. One of the most popular writers in Europe in her lifetime, being more popular than both Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in England in the 1830s and 1840s, Sand is recognised as one of the most nota ...more

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