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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Ce roman (1833) est inspiré moins par la vie que par la personne de George Sand. L'héroïne est une femme d'action, mais dévorée du démon de l'analyse, et dont le charme opère sur bien des hommes : le poète Sténio (on songe à Musset), l'ancien aventurier converti Trenmor, l'ermite Magnus. Lélia cherche la paix en devenant l'abbesse d'un couvent. Sténio l'y retrouve et c'est ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by French & European Publications Inc (first published 1833)
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Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's a very long time since I have read this in my youth and was just reminded of it by something else and so just adding it now.. Before bra burning and Germaine Greer there was George Sand. She was a major influence on the way I thought about equality generally and to think that she was from the 1800's inspired me to believe many impossible things were inf act possible. I particularly liked her relationship with Flaubert and their equal meeting of minds. I very much recommend her autobiography ...more
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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• "Ne trebuie cerul - și nu-l avem!"
• "Plânge-mă, mă duc să trăiesc!"

Sublimă și în același timp cutremurătoare carte. De la un capăt la celălalt o odă a suferinței umane, a zvârcolirii interioare, a izbăvirii prin moarte. Am copiat pasaje întregi într-un caiet, am citit cu răbdare și atenție, îmi venea în unele momente să-mi prind capul în palme și să îi dau foc cărții - din păcate a fost împrumutată și nici nu sunt creatoarea ei astfel încât să am dreptul acesta. Sténio, Lélia, Magnus, Trenmor,
Qui es-tu? Et pourquoi ton amour fait-il tant de mal? Il doit y avoir en toi quelque affreux mystère inconnu aux hommes. A coup sur tu n'es pas un être pétri du même limon et animé de la même vie que nous! Tu es un ange ou un démon, mais tu n'es pas une créature humaine. Pourquoi nous cacher ta nature et ton origine? Pourquoi habiter parmi nous qui ne pouvons te suffire ni te comprendre? Si tu viens de Dieu, parle et nous t'adorerons. Si tu viens de l'enfer… Toi venir de l'enfer! Toi si belle et ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok - first of all, I read this a) because I have wanted to fill in the gap in my Sand reading for a while, and b) because I intend to assign this to students in a Sand seminar I will teach next Fall. So, I read Lelia in a rather amazingly well researched edition, in the Garnier-Flammarion edition prepared by Pierre Reboul, who seems to have ready EVERY novel of late 18th and early 19th century that might have influenced Sand. His text shows the extent to which Sand seems to owe her ideas to ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I tend to get immersed in a writer and read until I run out of interest. If Lelia had been the first book by George Sand I read, it would have been the last. Sand loved the theater, and many of the monologues in this somewhat epistolary novel remind me of histrionic actors ranting from soapboxes. It took tremendous fortitude on my part to get through some of these letter-speeches.

Fortunately, I started with the novels "Horace," then "Indiana," and the biographies by Maurois ("Lelia") and Howe
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Есть такой литературный типаж - байронический герой. Как правило, это красавец-аристократ, надменный и загадочный, но тонко чувствующий (в глубине души, где-то очень глубоко...). Он познал жизнь, разочаровался в людях и "свете", смотрит на мир со скепсисом и ставит себя выше общественных условностей. Характерные его приметы: бледность лица, холодная ироническая улыбка, высокий лоб, омраченный печальными думами. Ну и конечно, он чрезвычайно привлекателен для противоположного пола. Но он одинок ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I missed the point of this book, but I couldn't appreciate it. "Lelia" is not really a novel: the characters are more symbolic/allegorical than realistic and there is barely a plot. Instead, the book is comprised of various long, disjointed "essays" and dramatic monologues that the characters speak. While I appreciate some of Sand's writing (there are a few gorgeous descriptions, especially of natural scenery), overall "Lelia" dragged on and on and I find myself hard-pressed to see the ...more
Linda S.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good book, but it took me a long time to read. I do most of my reading at night before bed and I did not have the energy to concentrate that this book required most of the time--probably because it was written in French almost 200 years ago.
It was way ahead of its time, very feminist. Interesting book.
Steve Gordon
This book is at times brilliant, in particular the ending, but there are too many long, overly romantic passages to earn the mighty five stars. The young poet Stenio's raging denunciation of the poor, mad, monk Magnus, and, in essence, his religion, is... like reading lightning passing through your pupils. Wicked.
Cynthia Hart
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
This is far more challenging than other books by Sand. Lelia published 1833 when Sand is 29 - has what felt like en entirely different quality and structure. A dazzling portrait of opulence and oppression.

Not the easiest read. Intriguing psychological depth. Her story in it's extravagance says something about collective unconscious form and a time/place in history.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: put-aside, fiction
Couldn't bear this. Never got a reason for why I should care what she thinks.
Jane De vries
Certainly not as readable as my previous George Sand book. When you read fiction, even though the author may be famous, it has to be enjoyable and not a chore.

Ce roman n'est pas pour moi.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is too much to be said of "Lelia." Part flow of consciousness, part empathy exercise, part of a 230-paged f**k you to the Catholic Church, part social politics that come within or without the church. It is truly a thinking-feeling book (fellow INFJs, you get that). But what makes "Lelia" the strongest out of Sand's fiction I have read so far, is her willingness to **not entirely** fall into the bedroom politics between men and women trope.

No, for in "Lelia," Sand widens the view into
Ce livre est extrêmement bien écrit, mais le reste laisse à désirer. Le personnage principal est détestable et ses motifs/ son rôle n'est pas clair. J'ai aussi eu l'impression que l'auteur disait beaucoup des choses sans les démontrer. Il est bien beau d'affirmer que les personnages souffrent à chaque pages, mais si on ne le voit pas et qu'on est comprend pas pourquoi, cela devient inutile et assez lourd. D'ailleurs tout le but (le pourquoi) de l'histoire n'est pas clair, c'est à se demander ...more
Boris Glebov
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As others have noted, the book is perhaps best approached as an allegorical social commentary - and in this respect, it is withering. The beautiful writing presents a sordid, fatal romance involving four people, but this pretext is a rather thin veneer for a heavy-hitting discussion about the unjust placement and treatment of women in the society. Even though the book is almost two centuries old, its insights seem still relevant today.

It leans rather heavily on the trope of presenting the story
Sara Senesac
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school
George Sand is a beautiful writer & I love what she stands for but holy moly I HATED Lélia!!!!! I literally could not bring myself to give a damn about any of these characters throughout the entirety of the book, ugh. I wanted to like this so much but literally wanted to throw it against the wall the entire time I was reading it. I’m sorry but no no no no no!
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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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