I'd not read any Sand bfore and I must admit I didn't care for this one at all. I think growing up in the countryside has given me an in-built hatred for anything that pictures "idyllic peasants". If I'm going to read novels about the countryside I want them to be about people filled with hate for their society, not paragon's of virtue.
The problem with this book was that everyone was just too happy and perfect. I felt sorry for the main character Marie, even though she was pure good and empty-headed, she was nearly raped and then ended up getting married at 16 to a man who was 28 and already had three children. I just couldn't believe that any 16 year old should be a step mother to three kids! And that was the "happy ending".
After the main story ended there were details about the folk wedding rituals. Which I'm afraid I just found a bit dull. The style, even in translation was fine, but I'm afraid the rest just didn't do anything for me....Continua