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La Petite Fadette

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,431 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Set in the French countryside of George Sand's childhood and narrated in the unique voice of a Berrichon peasant, La Petite Fadette is a beloved 1848 novel about identical twin brothers and Fadette, the mysterious waif with whom they both fall in love. The brothers, Landry and Sylvinet, belong to a highly respected farm family. When young Landry meets Fadette, whose very ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 10th 2017 by Penn State University Press (first published 1848)
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Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years into her career, George Sand wrote three charming pastoral novels that are now among the most popular and enduring books in her huge oeuvre. La Petite Fadette (1849) is my favorite among this trio, although the other two, La Mare au Diable (The Devil's Pool) and Francois le Champi, are delightful as well. Since Sand had inherited her father's estate of Nohant in the Berry region of central France, and lived there more than she lived in Paris, she was intimately acquainted with the ...more
Persephone Abbott
"La Petite Fadette" is the first novel I've read by George Sand. Although I had, several years ago, read the first half and then abandoned the exercise, leaving me to start all over again with my good intentions, it was noticeable that I had stopped just before the book became more interesting, when Fadette appears on the scene, for it had not been very exciting up to the first half. Why not? I got the impression I was reading a version of Voltaire, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that ...more
Van Nguyen
I think very simply that this is such a cute book and I really love the story that George Sands wrote. Fadette was as lovely as a new fresh wind in the scene of countryside. I also like the twin, too. They was so different from each other and I surprised a little bit in the end. Landry was kind-hearted as he was before and Sylvainet changed so much.

Finally, a happy opening ending made everything to be like a fairy tale. I smile for all of them.
A charming romance story between two teenagers in the 19th century French countryside.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never finished it, so bad.
Smiley Comics
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read that book when I was in High School and I truly loved it so I read it again
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those books when you look up a word you don't know, the citation in the dictionary is from the same book...

A rural tale of two twins & their relation with a unruly seeming local girl, la Fadette.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read in the original. A sweet, simple romance focused on emotional competence.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why would I read an l849 novel by a French woman (Aurore Dupin was Sand's given name), most famous, probably, for her affair with Fredric Chopin and many others? She led a full life which spurned the conventions of the time about what it was proper for a woman to do. She was a prolific, if uneven writer whose fiction grew directly out of her experiences. When I finished reading a biography of her, Brenda Jack's GEORGE SAND, A WOMAN'S LIFE WRIT LARGE, I realized that I now knew a good deal about ...more
Dana Tuss
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up liking it after I gave up reading the introduction that was just too overwhelming. I read the actual novel and then went back to the intro. I'm glad I did, I think it would have ruined it. I think this book made me think -- about how hard it is to change someone's mind and reputation. How money is sometimes equated with beauty. And just the need to be kind to everyone -- you know not what they face.
Dieu Thu
Not bad, not too good
Meriam Mabrouk
I co-read this book with my niece. I'm trying to get her to develop a liking for reading and I thought what better choice than a book she was given at her school book club, right? I was dead wrong.

This book is about two twins, Landry and Sylvinet, who are so close they grow apart when one of them goes elsewhere to work, makes a new circle of acquaintances, and falls in love, with a girl called Fanchon, a girl who has a heart of gold, and yet is ridiculed and treated badly in the village because
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sand is a good writer, and La petite fadette is a charming, feel-good fairytale. The hero is chivalrous and the heroine has a hidden heart of gold. Fadette herself does get rather boring towards the end of the story (forbidden love is always the best sort of literary love), but the reader follows all the tumultuous, pastoral romance across the novel's pages with an anxious, merry sort of pleasure. The work is essentially an embellished, extended folktale - good for burning oil lamps secretly in ...more
Fadette is a pastoral novel, written around 1848 by George Sand, which is set in a small French village and tells the story of Francoise (Fanchon), alias the little Fadette, and the “twins of the Twinnery.” The novel begins with the birth of the twins—Landry and Sylvinet Barbeau—and with some wise advice on how to raise twins in order to ensure that both children become strong in mind and body. Regrettably, any of the... “[Continue reading].”
A really charming love story. I liked how the heroine was intelligent, had strong morals, spoke her mind, and didn't get her man (at least initially) based on some sort of extraordinary physical beauty. But I felt a little sad for Sylvinet all throughout the book, especially at the end. It seems this "other" twin got less attention than he deserved (on many levels) after the Landry/Fadette love story developed. Overall, though, it was a good book: not too difficult to read, not too long, not too ...more
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
The greatest (though a short one) story showing what friendship and love really are built on! Though it's building a dream inside of me, that there must be a man like Landry somewhere out there - but I guess this is a fictional guy, created by a woman - what else? ;)
Story also shows how people can change if they're treated in another way - as well, when they treat their surroundings in another way! Great novel!
Gita Madhu
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: French language learners
Shelves: french
The print is easy to read. There are enough footnotes to help with "difficult" words as well as a small glossary at the end. Photo pictures interspersed here and there make for a more involving read. A few sets of easy exercises at the end are fun and would be very encouraging to a beginner level student of French
May 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this originally in French, which I do not believe is in print any more, but I am sure that the English translation is just as delightful. It's unforgivable sentimentalism from start to finish, but the skill and wit that made George Sand famous makes this pastoral novel endearing and delightful, not to mention thought-provoking.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
BEAUTIFUL story. I love the writing (of course). It's very annoying when an author "spoon feeds" information. George Sand withholds but gives just enough information to imagine what his characters are feeling and thinking. In that day and age she was very brave for writing about the subjects she chose. Very risque at that time and still so poignant today.
I had read this book when I was about 10 years old. back then I was thinking it was a wonderful book full of inspiration and indeed it inspired me very much. thirteen years later, I read the book again and found it almost silly yet still inspiring even though it is quite obvious such things don't really happen in real life.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pleasing read. A story that engraves the genuine beauty of rustic life on my mind. George Sand seems to side with simplicity and directness, though not without laying hard touches on the complex of the characters' psychology.
Emma Filipsson
First book I've ever read in French!
Feel like I can't give it a proper rating since I didn't understand what I was reading half of the time. Hard to keep up when you don't fully understand the language!
Jamila Jam
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book & read it two times, it's just amazing how touching the story is & the style is unbelieveably has no name no face it's there somewhere we just need to dig deeper :)
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Petite Fadette is a beautifully written fairy tale of the triumph of wisdom and love over evil and hatred; I only wish I would have read this at a younger age, when I still believed in the goodness of mankind.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God abandons only those who abandon themselves, and whoever has the courage to shut up his sorrow within his own heart is stronger to fight against it than he who complains.
A very touching rural story telling the story of "little" Fadette and 2 twin boys who are looking for her attention and further love.
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A visit to the international book shop in Bologna yielded about five days of joy reading this little gem of the romantic period. Find a good translation and read it!
French! hmm...from what I can comprehend it's an interesting story so far...the audio CD that comes along with my edition of La Petite Fadette really helps with pronunciation!
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The ultimate favourite book, even better that pride and prejudice (yeah I've said it)
a fairy tale without real fairies
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Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, later Baroness (French:baronne) Dudevant (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her male 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 notable ...more
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