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About the Author

French novelist George Sand (1804-76) is best-known for two groups of novels: a series of romantic tales, and a collection of idylls of country life. Biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist, Victoria Glendinning is the author of three novels: The Grown-Ups (1989); Electricity (1995); and Flight (2002).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466250739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466250734
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,997,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Plumb on June 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
..... if I couldn't fight off my sad thoughts? (p 48)
I had a vague knowledge of George Sand before I read Belinda Jack's biography of her. In learning more about Sand I grew to admire the determined individual that she was. But I never really felt any liking for her - unlike, say, what I feel for Emma Goldman or Mary Shelley. Sand's novel 'Indiana' did excite me despite some of its melodramatic aspects. 'Mauprat' on the other hand, wasn't to my liking much at all. 'The Devil's Pool', however, is such a short novel - a novella really - that I was willing to give it a try. And I am so glad I did.

This is a simple pastoral novel, but Victoria Glendinning's Foreword mislead me. I thought I was about to enter the rural world of W H Hudson ('A Shepherd's Life' or 'Idle Days in Patagonia'), which was not a bad prospect for me as I enjoy Hudson's writing a lot. But Sand is different altogether - this rural environment is gripping and tinged with horror and despair.

Here's another quote:
'..... everyone has a story (and everyone would be able to rouse interest in the novel of their own life, if they had really understood it.....)(p 15)

Other recommended reading:
'George Sand': Belinda Jack
'Indiana': George Sand
'Living my Life': Emma Goldman (she must have really understood it!)
'A Crystal Age': W H Hudson (for a different type of pastoral world, but just as challenging)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on July 4, 2007
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Previously my favorite short story or novella was Tolstoy's Master and Man. But this present work comes close to that. I found it on a list of great literature that Bloom has created. It is from Bloom's Democratic Period, 1832-1900. Among the French writers, Bloom selects this work as the best from George Sand.

It is a three part story about a ploughman, Germain. He is a French farmer and he owns his own farm, so he is a man of substance. He is a good looking man in excellent health with three small children, but his wife has died. The story revolves around a trip that he makes to meet a new wife. A trip was arranged by his now deceased wife's inlaws, who are worried about Germain and the children, and then the subsequent marriage that follows on later. Sand manages to communicate a lot of the charm of rural French life to the reader while she tells the story.

There are many twists and turns. The tale seems quite improbable at first, but then it becomes much more compelling as one reads on - more than might possibly imagine. It is a book that kept me up late until it was done. It is not a complicated story and there are few dramatic moments. Rather it is a simple but interesting story about a trip and a romance in rural France. The start and finishing parts are good, but it is a bit slow in the middle with the dialogue bewteem the hemp-beater and the grave-digger.

This is a great novella that I highly recommend.

As a side note it is available free on the Gutenberg Project website.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Alcat on February 17, 2006
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George Sand (1804-1876) was an excellent writer, and this book allows the reader to be certain of that. How? Well, in this book Sand takes a seemingly uninteresting subject and tells us a beautiful story about him.

"The devil's pool" (1846) is short, and it is likely to seem even shorter due to the fact that you will be caught up in the pastoral world that the author describes so well. The plot is simple, but effective, and revolves around a planned marriage, and love. However, I am certain you will also enjoy her beautiful metaphors, that for example make you wish you were able to watch a particular sunset.

All in all, I think that the lesson here is that there is poetry and beauty in everything, we just need to be capable of seeing it, as Sand did. Recommended!

Belen Alcat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theia111 on February 23, 2014
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The remarks by George Sand that begin this story an be skipped by the reader for it is her fiction that grips you. A young peasant who goes to find a wife brings along his son and a poor young girl who is to take a household job in the same vicinity. They get lost in the woods...
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This is a charming, delightful little tale from Nineteenth Century France. It's full of atmosphere, and lovely, unique country settings and characters. Great fun, and you'll have trouble putting it down.
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By levysand on September 10, 2013
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I found the book easy to read, educational in the descriptions of life with difference social strata at the time. However it's style was somewhat archaic, though provided food for thought on what typifies more modern literature in contrast.
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My first George Sand reading. It's a pretty interesting little novel. A simple love story; not the greatest novel you'll ever read but for those who like 19th century literature, this gives a good feel for the time. I look forward to reading more from her; something with a bit more edge.
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