The Black Cityby George Sand
Set against the backdrop of France's industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While… See more details below
Set against the backdrop of France's industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While ambition is the spur that prompts Sept-Epees to purchase a ramshackle factory he is ill equipped to run, love is the secret cause. For Sept-Epees, however misguidedly, would make himself worthy of the orphaned (like him), wise, pretty, and capable Tonine Gaucher. As eloquent in its exposure of the social ills that afflicted French workers at the onset of the industrial revolution as it is poignant in its exploration of love's turbulent course for the prideful Sept-Epees and the proud Tonine, The Black City reflects George Sand's enduring admiration for the struggles and triumphs of the working class as well as her genius in the characterization of strong, clear-eyed, independent women. If in Sept-Epees she embodies the estimable worker who can make of his craft an art, in Tonine she epitomizes the woman whose successes stunningly defy the conventions of the age.
- Da Capo Press
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- 5.42(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.55(d)
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I ordered this book randomly and it ended up becoming one of my favorites. I have thus far lent it to several other people who all enjoyed it as well. The book is well-written and has a great story line. I really fell in love with each character and felt everything along with them. I could also imagine every single scene in 19th century France. The plot was really great and I love the ending.
If you enjoy reading Zola, Hugo, or Flaubert, you will love George Sand. She writes in a deceptively simple style containing layers and layers of truth and insight. If you are a Francophile, or just like a good read, you owe it to yourself to purchase this book.
This short, fast paced novel, artfully translated by Kover, is as much a social commentary on life during the Industrial Revolution as it is a story of true love. The plot is engaging, the characters are convincing, and the story culminates in an inspiring twist. A pleasure to read, The Black City will surely strike a familiar chord with every entrepreneur, aspiring business owner, or anyone who has ever yearned for something more in life. I highly recommend reading it!
I really enjoyed this story when I read it in French. I can't wait to read the English translation! It's about time someone made this book available to English speakers.