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George Sand (the pen name of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin 1804-1876) is famous for flaunting the conventions of behavour expected of women of her standing in France at the time and for her numerous romantic liaisons including her long standing affair with Frédéric Chopin. The Devil’s Pool (published in 1846 as La Mare au Diable) is one of several short pastoral novels drawn from her childhood experiences in the rural French region of Berri. It tells the story of a young widower, Germain, who, at the insistence of his father-in-law, sets out to remarry so that he will have someone to help raise his three young children.Summary written by the reader.
This book is very cliche.
If you reject this story using 21st century eyes, you will miss a fairy tale-like story and endearing characters. The plot is simple: the story of a courting widower in a rural French village. The young bride-to-be is sweet and loves the older (28!) man's children. The quaint wedding customs are described in detail and clearly date back centuries to the Pagans. I enjoyed this description of clothing and rituals the most. It is very well read. The three day wedding at the end carries pagan symbolism and celebration.