Sand's sympathetic portrayals of the people won her adoration by her readers during her lifetime and scorn by the critics. In this novel about love surpassing conventional barriersdeemed too revolutionary during its day (the early 1840s) for wide dissemination and only now translated into EnglishSand lets rip her radical views on egalitarianism of the classes and equality between the sexes. Set in Paris during the student unrest against the bourgeois king, Louis-Philippe, in 1832, Horace concerns the coming-of-age of a law student from a provincial family whose head is utterly turned by the opportunities in the big city to better himself both in fortune and in love. Horace is smooth but vain and boastful; he wins the lovely grisette Marthe because he must have passion and the Viscountess de Chailly because he must have glory, though in the end he loses his honor. While some of the characters, such as Marthe, are bland paradigms of working-class virtue, others, like Horace and the Viscountess, have teeth: they were evidently modeled on people in Sand's life. A delicious novel to prompt a revival of her work.Amy Boaz, "Library Journal"
Sand's twentieth-century fame is based more on her radical behavior (for a nineteenth-century woman) than on her fiction. This is due, in part, to the fact that this daring novel has never before been available in English. Here Sand is at her fiery best--forthright, shrewd, and cutting. Considered far too scandalous to be published when Sand wrote it in the 1840s, "Horace" takes place in politically volatile and cholera-besieged Paris where working-class women are stigmatized for their limited means. Horace, a good-looking, undisciplined, and unprincipled dilettante, is supposed to be studying law, but instead wreaks much havoc in the lives of his generous and ever-tolerant friends. His turbulent story is told by Theophile, a medical student of noble birth and much wisdom, who lives with his pragmatic yet compassionate mistress Eugenie. In Eugenie and her friend Marthe, the romantic center of this often polemic but always captivating psychological drama, Sand has created women characters who stand in proud defiance of society's misogyny. Passionate about freedom, Sand forged a timeless tale of vanity and love, hypocrisy and altruism.
George Sand (eigentlich Amandine Lucie Aurore Dupin, verheiratete Baronin Dudevant) wurde am 01.07.1804 in Paris geboren; sie starb am 08.06.1876 in Nohant.
Sie schrieb romantische idealistische Romane, in denen sie für die Emanzipation der Frau eintrat. Bekannt wurde sie auch durch ihre Dorfgeschichten, in denen sie lebenswahre Schilderungen aus bäuerlichem Milieu gibt.