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Mauprat by George Sand

Mauprat (1837)

by George Sand

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1404 Mauprat, by George Sand translated from the French by Stanley Young (read 28 Aug 1976) While reading a biography of George Sand (by Curtis Cate) I thought I should read something by the subject thereof, so I read this, written in 1836. One thing is for sure, Sand never had a course in creative writing. The technique seems so bad. There are some good touches, but the book I guess is out-of-date. It reminded me more of Chateaubriand than of Dumas, Hugo, or Balzac, or Flaubert--and yet there is some of that Gallic disregard for logic, that reckless exaggeration in all these authors. Mauprat is the story of Bernard Mauprat, raised by a grandfather and seven wicked uncles. He is violent, but falls in love with Ednee, the loveliest woman in existence. She won't marry him till he becomes more able to be lived with. He goes off to fight in the American Revolution, returns to France, is condemned to death for shooting Ednee, is saved when it is shown one of the wicked uncles shot her, and lives happily wedded to Ednee till her death. It is contrived sounding and lacks credibility. He brings back parrots from his time in the US. ( )
  Schmerguls | Feb 5, 2009 |

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