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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Fadette, a novel by George Sand
by Marciano Guerrero
Born Aurore Dupin —George Sand— she was the most famous woman writer in
Not only was she an amazing writer, but also an all-around fiery woman,
who gained fame for both her raucous lifestyle as for her abundant written
Her first novel, Indiana, the story of an unhappy wife who
struggles to free herself from the imprisonment of marriage was an overnight success.
Other novel such as Valentine and Lélia shocked readers with her impassioned
call to action to free women from their abused condition.
George Sand had open and notorious —scandalous could be more apt a word—
relationships with famous men (artists, writers, musicians) she knew in Paris:
Jules Sandeau, Alfred de Musset, Frédéric Chopin, and others.
She was friends
with the best of them: Eugène Delacroix, Franz Liszt, and of course, most
famously, with Chopin, with whom she had a complicated relationship.
The novel takes place in the French 19th century countryside. The
parents of Landry and Sylvinet, identical twins, who are respectable and
relatively rich farmers, do not follow the advice that is given at the twins'
birth to keep separating and distinguishing them from each other while they are
still young. Consequently, the twins grow up together with disastrous emotional
Fadette lives with her younger brother and a grandmother —suspected of
being a witch— who makes the two children work constantly. The children are
despised and looked down upon by the other villagers for being different: unkempt,
covered in dirt, and always wild.
In an idyllic and pastoral French setting, romance flourishes between
one of the twins (Landry), and the urchin Fadette, a romance that defies credulity
given the insurmountable gulf that the author created between the protagonists.
Yet Fadette “steals the show” when the plot and the action turn to her,
revealing her as heroine of unimpeachable worth.
In the end not only does she win the best and most eligible boy in the
village, but she also enjoys a complete vindication of all suspicions and vilification
she had suffered for most of her life. This is a fast-moving veritable bildungsromanfit not only for young adults for all adult readers
who may well learn from the virtues of youngsters.