Winter in Majorca

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  • Title: Winter in Majorca
  • Author: George Sand
  • ISBN: 9788476516973
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • Un hiver Majorque est un r cit de voyage autobiographique de George Sand paru en 1842 Il raconte un voyage fait Majorque en 1838 1839 avec Fr d ric Chopin Il est d abord paru en 1841 dans la Revue des deux mondes.

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    1. Reise nach Mallorca ist ein Reisetagebuch aus dem Jahr 1838. Obwohl Chopin eine zentrale Rolle in der Geschichte einnimmt, kann man sein musikalisches Dasein nicht nacherleben. Chopin bleibt während der gesamten Geschichte anonym, seine Person und sein Leben werden kaum thematisiert. Die Liebschaft zu seiner Geliebten George Sand steht nicht im Mittelpunkt und wird nur beiläufig erwähnt. Das Augenmerk liegt auf dem Leben auf Mallorca im Jahr 1838, auf die vorherrschende Kultur, seine Einwohne [...]

    2. I just came back from a wonderful vacation in Mallorca and bought a copy on the island of George Sand's account. I thought it was going to be a book about her relationship with Chopin and the island but the only references to the composer is that he is an invalid and he is never named. Sand's descriptions of the island's beauty are spot on, even two hundred years later, I could imagine the places and the landscapes that she describes having just seen a lot of it myself. I have never read George [...]

    3. ETA 17/2/2012 - quote of the day: Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.- George SandShe should have employed some kindness here!----------------------------------------Letter from a reader to one that is thinking of reading: In order to reconcile you to having been deprived of actual physical reading of George Sands's vitriolic attack on the largest of the Balearic Islands, I am revie [...]

    4. I chose this because it is short and I had never read George Sand, but it was mostly like watching a cat fight. Robert Graves came to bury, not to praise her, in this (apparently first) English translation, with his annotations, copyright 1956. His flurry of footnotes never lets up: "No: it was called" and "No: the islands" and "Not true." He knows Majorca well and objects to and/or refutes most of what she says, one way or another. You do get some glimpses of Sand, the woman and the writer, and [...]

    5. “Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.”(Aurore) Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin was an aristocrat who lived up to her famous statement. She was born in 1804 and married in 1822, at the age of eighteen, Casimir Dudevant with whom she had two children. Maurice in 1823 and Solange in 1828. This “Normal” life came to an end in 1831 when she left her husband and children moving to Paris, in modern terms, to find herself. She embarked on a series of affairs with prominent w [...]

    6. When in Majorca, why not read about George Sand, a French novelist and memoirist, who was Chopin's lover? So I did. They spent the cold, wet winter of 1838-39 on the island in an abandoned Carthusian monastery. Sand's writing is a dense literary bouquet of sometimes scathing, sometimes lyrical digressions, opinions, historical research, geography and parable. I particularly liked her descriptions of landscapes, dotted with man's architectural thumbprint, in sunshine and moonlight and storm. I do [...]

    7. I read this in a famous translation by Robert Graves - unfortunately he took umbrage at George Sand's negative comments on Majorca, and, as he went on, started to add enormous footnotes arguing with the text and pointing out inaccuracies. These are sometimes amusing, sometimes infuriating, and make reading the book a slightly strange experience!

    8. A very pointed little book about how backward the Mallorquin are. It was amusing to read while there, however.

    9. Interesting for an old book. If you become interested in George Sands, usually because of a visit to Mallorca, it's worth taking a look at. Sometimes books I don't enjoy reading I am glad I've read them from an educational point of view. This book gives a glipse of life past in Mallorca and not very good attitudes to local people.

    10. George Sand wrote of a winter1838 Majorcawith her lover Frederick Chopin. The book does not mention Chopin by name. A few mentions of a piano, a few mentions of an invalid traveling with her. I found most interesting the footnotes by Robert Graves who corrects Sand's multi misrepresentations of geography and history. Sand writes from the perspective of a bitter woman, critical of the Majorcan people, resentful of her role as Chopin's nurse, and apparently that wintereven in Spainn indeed be wet [...]

    11. George Sand (a female) writes beautifully. However, the book is not what I thought it would be. My mother bought the book for me while we were visiting Valldemossa, Mallorca. I was thinking the book would recount the romance between the two artists, Sand and Frederic Chopin, one a writer and one a famous composer. But, no, that remains a mystery of sorts. George Sand wrote a description of the flora, fauna, and people of Mallorca in the mid 19th century. Given that I am interested in filling in [...]

    12. In a recent holiday to Majorca I visited the famous house that was home to author and notable figure George Sand, her two children and her 'friend' Chopin in 1838. There visitors can see the piano used by Chopin, various portraits and other personal belongings left by them, and the gift shop includes a variety of copies of this book that was written about her experiences there by George Sand after her three month visit. What is rather amazing is that her recollections and opinions of her time at [...]

    13. The translation (French to Spanish) was nasty. And, maybe worse, I found spelling mistakes and bad punctuation on every page. There's much to like in this book; it goes beyond travelogue and into memoir in a beautifully quirky, tongue-in-cheek sort of way. She destroys the people of Mallorca, condemning them as miserly and thieves, even less than human--though the book's foreword makes a good case of both apologizing and explaining the reasons behind this terrible impression Sand took with her f [...]

    14. i bought this book to read a tourist's review of mallorca during the 19th century, to accompany me during my stay there. it is interesting how george sand's description of the landscape still holds until today. mallorca is still beautiful, but the locals have definitely progressed and are not so naive and unhospitable as she prevoiusly experienced. i put a low rating because this book has launched a tourist trap frenzy in the sleepy town of valdemossa.

    15. I was really disappoiknted with this book.She spends more time quoting other people's work than she does describing what she actually does on the island.She is, however, very forthright about the islanders and the disdain in which she holds them. She would have done better to stay in France, or go to Switzerland.About her family and her living arrangements with M. Chopin we learn virtually nothing.

    16. George Sands's tough look at Mallorca and their people, when she spent winter with Frederick Chopin in 1838-39. Shocked by the backwardness of the people, even on Spanish standards, she sheds light on what happened there at that time. Inquisition was gone already 10 years before, but many things stayed.This travel documentary from 1840 was one of the first at that time, and it is fine by those standards :)

    17. "You may have also seen the Egyptian pyramids, a hideous testimony to the slavery of nations; or the dolmens over which torrents of human blood flowed to slake the unquenchable thirst of barbaric gods. But most of you artists see only the beautiful or the singularity of execution in the works on man, and are impervious to the ideas that this work substantiates. Consequently your intellect often worships an emotion which your heart, if it had a conscience, would reject." p 108

    18. Composer Frederic Chopin and author George Sand flee to Majorca for his health. He is so ill with consumption that his shipboard bed is burned upon his arrival at Palma. They find a rental in a vacant monastery from which the monks have been driven. Here, in spite of it all, Chopin continues to work. This book was made into a movie.

    19. I purchased this book during a visit to Chopin's house in Majorca, and decided I'd upgrade it from "souvenir" to "a book I've read". Instead it's been demoted to "incredibly boring souvenir":

    20. I'll almost certainly never read this, but it looks good on my bookshelf and kids visitors into thinking I'm well-read and not just interested in learning about criminals and football. Not a completely random purchase - had been to Sand and Chopin's house in Valldemossa previously and was curious what the whining little bitch had to say about her brief stay.

    21. J'ai bien aimé le côté descriptif de ce livre. J'ai pu visualiser les paysages de Majorque à travers ce livre. Le problème est qu'elle a une vision assez négative de la population ce qui terni un peu le livre. Intéressant à lire mais il ne faut pas s'arrêter à la vision de l'auteur.

    22. Yow, George Sand is such a snob! But she makes some very interesting comments about the psychology of traveling. I put this down about 3/4s the way through because her bitching about the inferiority of the Mallorcan people got really tiring

    23. Oh mon dieu !!!! Comment peut-on laisser autant de fautes dans un livre ?????L'histoire n'est pas ce à quoi je m'attendais, mais c'est mieux. Le récit est ok.

    24. This was the Luis Ripoll version, translated by Lieut. Col. W. Kirkbride. Quite interesting to see the island as it was.

    25. Did not finish this although the Majorca parts were of interest. Perhaps I'll get back to it when traveling to Majorca or listening to Chopin.

    26. My four stars are perhaps misleading as I did not read this exact edition of the book Instead, I read a Polish translation of it. I have not read any of George Sand's other works and I reached for this one specifically because I was traveling in Mallorca at the time. As such, the book was an entertaining and informative read about 19th-century Mallorca (or rather, a French perspective of it). George Sand is definitely too harsh and patronizing when she writes about the Mallorcans, however. One n [...]

    27. I picked up a copy of A Winter In Majorca while on holiday with my wife there - as perhaps most people do. Unfortunately, it took me a while to actually get to reading it.The book documents George Sand’s time on the island of Majorca. It provides a sort of travelogue of her experiences with her family (including Chopin - which you wouldn’t realise just from reading the text).It can be a bit disjointed in presentation, however, the descriptions of the natural beauty, really do take me back to [...]

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