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The Romances of George Sand: takes the heroine from a childhood in the aristocracy amidst the Napoleonic Wars, to an unhappy early marriage and eventual divorce, to her careers as a country doctor, pharmacist, lawyer, and most successfully as a romance novelist. This is a story about the revolutions in a woman s heart as she goes through dozens of love affairs. It is also ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Anaphora Literary Press
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Beverly Diehl
As a big fan of unconventional ladies of history, I was excited to get a courtesy ARC on this fictional look at the life of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known as novelist George Sand. A woman of endless talents and almost as many famous lovers, AND a writer? What's not to love?

While I am full of admiration and awe for those courageous enough to write in a language other than their native tongue, in most cases, books are best served by employing an editor of the language in question. This
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Jaylia3
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author.

This is a fictionalized biography/history with lots of interesting information about George Sand, the people in her life, and the time she lived in, starting with her Grandmother’s experiences during the French Revolution. While it’s a fascinating era and I greatly enjoyed learning more about George Sand, the writing style and phrasings of this book are sometimes distractingly awkward.
Bob Laerhoven
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
George Sand: A Feminist Avant La Lettre
Anna Faktorovich has succeeded in writing a historical novel about George Sand, the only major French female novelist of the 19th century, that is pleasing to read for readers of literary historical fiction and scholars alike. Faktorovich unfolds the rich tapestry of the life of one of the most trusted friends of Gustave Flaubert, with whom Sand exchanged hundreds of letters during their lifetime, in a complex and exquisitely researched novel that gets you
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Faith Justice
I tried. I really tried to get into this book. Because it's an ARC from an early reader program, I read thirty pages more than I would have if I got this from the library. Because I didn't finish, I'm not rating the book. I looked forward to reading this one, because George Sand keeps appearing in other venues, but I've never read a book exclusively about her. She had a fascinating life which this author did not capture adequately. Although, this is touted as a novel, it reads more like an acade ...more
Teddy
The Romances of George Sand explores the life of Aurore Dupin, better known for her cross-dressing alter-ego and author’s pseudonym, George Sand. Faktorovich’s book begins by exploring Sand’s early years and the circumstances into which she was born, weaving France’s upheavals together with the personal fortunes of the Dupin family. This combination of the political and personal helps to shed light upon a historical backdrop while keeping it rooted in emotion and relationships.

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Shomeret
I confess that I have never read George Sand's work and couldn't name a single book by her until very recently. I only knew about the prominent men in her life. Perhaps this is why Anna Faktorovich decided to call her novelized version of the life of this author The Romances of George Sand. Yet it's really sad when what we most remember about a feminist writer is her romantic entanglements with men. Now that I've read Faktorovich's book, I am here to tell you that the romances were the least int ...more
Samuel Dominguez
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
They say "A picture's worth a thousand words," but they never told you the other way around. In essence, this book paints a sad, and yet true, image of George Sand--an image that is raw and unforeseen. Plus, George Sand's life is incredibly interesting, and the narrative itself was written in a wonderfully intriguing manner, which results in an addictive read; it's a good read (has everyone made the goodreads joke? I feel like they haven't).

If you ever wanted to know who George Sand was, and wh
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Robert Kowalski
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most of the books with the title "The Romances of (insert random historical figure)" are to be avoided as they tend focus on scandalous rumours that were obviously false. Such is not the case with the book by Anna Faktorovich - she writes more about political and historical background of George Sand's life than many other biographers. We finally can learn about military career of her father and finally the writer is treated like a part of history of her country. This alone could make an interest ...more
Brit McCarthy
Thank you to LibraryThing and the author for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Who is George Sand? Before I started this book I had no idea, and was lead to some moments of confusion when ‘George’ is referred to as a ‘she’. George Sand, successful 18th century author of romantic novels, was the pseudonym for Aurore Dudevant, nee Dupin, an aristocratic woman who suffers throughout her life with the constraints placed on women during
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Literary  Chanteuse
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bios-memoirs
Having a keen interest in George Sand, her writing and her life I must say that a look into her romances had me hooked however the book begins with much more of a look at her childhood and the historical times than it did her romances. It is informative though with a look at the French revolution and politics of the era. It weaved in and out of a non-fiction to a historical fiction style that can be either liked or dis-liked by the reader. Towards the end it really began to pick up for me, and f ...more
Joanne  Novak
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
First I admit I had never heard of George Sand (Aurore Dupin) before reading this book. It was the history of France in the 1700-1800's that peaked my interest. Aurore's story covers 72 eventful years of France's history along with her own political and personal battles. Her family life, her determination to be an author and her many lovers. I enjoyed this book very much. Thank you Anna for the free e-copy.


NVTony
Author has done an outstanding job of covering her subject. Each chapter is clearly written leading reader to next step along her subjects life. Gives insight into Sand's life most are not aware of so anyone reading will be more than satisfied with time spent. Started and became so involved forgot to post receipt from author. My opinion is not influenced by author allowing me to read.
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Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She is currently teaching college English at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she taught for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as ...more

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