I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Aurore Dupin was born into a tumultuous family in early 19th century France. As an adult, she left her husband, moved to Paris, dressed in men’s clothing and made her dream of having a career in writing come true, under the name of George Sand. She lived a scandalous life for the time; left a number of affairs in her wake, was a free thinker, and placed her career before family.
I did not really know anything about George Sand going into this novel, except that she was a writer. So, for me this book was extremely informative. The Dream Lover follows George’s life from birth to death in alternating, first-person narratives of her childhood and adulthood. At first, this style offers a fast paced read with a lot of insight into the way George’s upbringing affects her decisions in the future. As the timelines came closer together, it became a little more difficult to delineate the two. The passages are very detailed, accounting for many of George’s affairs and many intimate moments in her life. I did feel a strong sense of place throughout the book and enjoyed reading about 19th century Paris as well as all of George’s contemporaries including Chopin, Musset, Liszt, Hugo and Browning. I felt a strong sense that George was independent and intelligent; however, I did not feel a strong connection with her.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.