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“I enjoyed Becoming George Sand very much. It is thoughtful, lyrical and adventurous, and I liked the contrasts between glowing Majorca and cold Edinburgh, between past and present, all beautifully orchestrated. George Sand comes across to us as a real woman as well as an important writer, and an inspiring example of generosity and energy.” —Margaret Drabble
“This is a beautiful, wise novel. The intertwining of past and present, of France and Scotland, of genius and analysis is done with an ease that disguises the consummate skill of the writing. A lovely book.” —Edmund White, author of The Flaneur and City Boy
“An elegant novel which offers sensitive and witty reflections upon an astonishingly wide range of topics, Becoming George Sand is a great read and its characters—the struggling writer Maria Jameson and the indefatigable George Sand—are enchanting company.” —Valerie Martin, author of Property
“A wonderful book—filled with wisdom, poetry, and imagery so brilliant I wish I could steal it. Maria is a character to love, whose loves are vivid, embracing, and revelatory. This is a treasure!” —Annie Dillard
“Written with brilliant assurance and a rich, stirring voice, Becoming George Sand is a masterful tale that travels the world in pursuit of its extraordinary characters and takes readers on a journey filled with wisdom and an unforgettable sense of joy and inspiration.” —Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and The Language of Baklava
“Brackenbury’s fine new novel makes the worlds of present-day Edinburgh and nineteenth-century France both wonderfully real and full of moving emotional drama.” —Alison Lurie, author of Foreign Affairs
“Here is a delicious and devastating account of the lives and loves of two women, one contemporary and Scottish, the other the legendary George Sand; both writers. The parallel lives are tellingly written, and this matters: the story also reveals the persuasive, elusive shadows that writing and reading insinuate into the texture of a life.” —Harry Mathews, author of My Life in CIA and former editor at the Paris Review
About the Author
- Publication Date : March 17, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 306 pages
- ASIN : B004NSV96Y
- File Size : 1043 KB
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint Edition (March 17, 2011)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #941,267 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The novel follows the parallel between the two affairs - 19th century and 21st century. The problem is George Sand and Chopin are a lot more fascinating than Maria and Sean. When Edward discoers Maria's affair, she loses her husband, and inflicts pain upon her children. Maria is such a self-centered twit she wonders why. It is not until nearly the end of the novel that it dawns upon her that she has inflicted pain upon Edward by her behavior.
I found Maria unbearable as a character, she is such a narcissist, although the author attempts to redeem her towards the end in her relationship with a close woman friend who is ill. One reviewer here charitably described the writing style as ruminative. Although descriptive passages of places - Edinburgh, Majorca, Nohant, Paris are well written, the authors style just bogs the narrative down. Maria's husband and lover are not fully fleshed out people. The plot is sparse. For me all of this is so off-putting that I am unable to give this novel more than three overly generous stars.
The character of Maria Jameson especially resonated. A successful and independent woman, a professor and intellectual who has raised a son and daughter conscientiously and loves and respects her husband, and still finds much enjoyment in the life she shares with him. Even after twenty odd years together. But still ....
Even happily married women imagine a "what if..." scenario- What if she meets an incredibly attractive much younger man who returns feelings of passion for her. One who is also married and will not disrupt either of their situations. What if no one will ever find out? Should she refuse what may be her last opportunity to rediscover herself through they eyes of another in the all encompassing chemistry of genuine sexual discovery.
While researching the life of George Sand AKA Aurora Duphin, a celebrated author and free spirit who embodies sexual freedom, Maria imagines how she managed to juggle lovers, both male and female in a much more repressed society of 19th century Paris - or was it? And so we switch between 21st century Scotland and iconic scenes of George Sand's life as imagined by Maria, as she gathers material for her biography of George Sand.
Prevailing wisdom has it that affairs occur because of a rift or inadequacy in a marriage, be it sexual gratification, friendship, finances, intellectual compatibility. Or, worse still, because of a sense of entitlement or narcissistic need to be wanted/adored, etc. In Becoming George Sand, Brackenbury sets out to disallow Maria any of these reasons for embarking on a dangerous liason of the sexual variety. Although Maria can easily be accused of being selfish, yet she cannot be dismissed that easily. T'was ever thus that women (especially) have been tarred with this moniker and yes, it may even be fair to judge this way. But Brackenbury's novel goes well beneath the surface of this judgement to ask deeper questions: Questions that George Sand AKA Aurore Dupin chose to explore and questions that may never be resolved.
Are we merely slogging through our lives, or are we truly alive?
At what cost do we take a risk and at what cost do we deny taking that chance?
This book is wonderfully controversial, Brackenbury does a delicate dance very successfully refusing to come up with easy answers. Becoming George Sand is an exquisite exploration that never veers into the melodramatic, instead this is one book that truly made me think.