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The Dream Lover

by Elizabeth Berg

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The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2015
    368 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family's estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name - George Sand - and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.

Paris in the nineteenth century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand's many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach - a dream?

Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

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"A thoroughly pleasant escape, if not a particularly deep one." - Kirkus

"Berg's descriptive skills are remarkable throughout, but Sand's actions are too often reported from a distance rather than dramatized." - Booklist

"In its attempt to capture Sand's entire eventful life, the novel can get overly expository. In the smaller, more intimate moments - the kind that helped make her previous books so successful - Berg offers vivid, sensual detail and a sensitive portrayal of the yearning and vulnerability behind Sand's bold persona." - Publishers Weekly

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This book is insipid. First of all, I don't want to read the perceptions of a 4 year old and secondly, the author didn't even get it right ... 4 year olds are not tiny adults.
And who gets beaten one day by a maid or a mother and is all enamored with that person the next day? There is a wealth of emotion between being beaten and all forgiven that the author chose to not tell us.
And what about the lesbian experience? Why is it just hinted at instead of revealed in real emotions?

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Elizabeth Berg Author Biography

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Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook ...

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