The Dream Lover is the story of Aurore Dupin, better known as the writer George Sand — the name she gave herself. Her story is amazing and provides a vivid picture of Paris in the nineteenth century, as well as the details of a colorful, unconventional life. Born at a time when women didn’t do a number of things, including writing books, Dupin adopted the pen name of George Sand and went on to use the masculine name in her personal life as well. She often dressed as a man too.
The book opens with Dupin going to live in Paris to escape her loveless marriage and boring country life. At first naïve to the ways of the city, she soon became the center of a scandalous lifestyle, even by Paris standards. Sand’s many lovers and friends included the cream of the creative crop: Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo and Alfred de Musset.
The actress Marie Dorval was a special friend and perhaps the truest love of Sand’s life.
Sand was considered the most gifted genius of her time, but she still had to fight against the prejudices of her era while also trying to reconcile the pain of her childhood. She suffered from disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter and with intimacy with men and women. Although she was successful and wealthy at a time when few women could achieve these goals, Sand continued to be plagued by demons. She was always looking for the perfect lover; in other words The Dream Lover.
The book is written as a series of flashbacks to Dupin/Sand’s childhood and her life as an adult. Although it goes back and forth, it’s easy to follow. There are insights into the heart and soul of George
Sand but also into the lives of her famous artist and writer friends.
In a letter to her long time lover and companion, Eugene Delacroix, Sand wrote, “I step across any reflections that are too dark with great strides, and when I am in my right mind, I find life acceptable because it is eternal. You call that my dreaming. I call it my faith and my strength. No, nothing dies, nothing is lost, nothing ends, whatever you may say.”
— Lynn Lofton, firstname.lastname@example.org
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