Consuelo Author:George Sand Few women in the history of literature provoked such rapturous controversy as the notorious French novelist George Sand. Brilliant, unconventional, outspoken, her books attacked the evils of oppression and aristocratic privilege and the inferior social position of women while her love affairs scandalized European society. — CONSUELO--considered ... more »George Sand's greatest novel--relates the experiences of a beautiful Venetian singer whose disenchantment with a traitorous lover causes her to abandon her career and leads her into a series of strange romantic encounters. The heroine's struggle to maintain her virtue and artistic integrity in a world dominated by confused and greedy men bears a marked resemblance to events in the author's own stormy career.
Although CONSUELO can be read as a novel of social protest, it is primarily a tale of intrigue, adventure and Gothic horror in the best tradition of 19th Century romantic fiction.
It is interesting to note that while many of her contemporaries called her "the immoral author of immoral books," Henry James regarded her work as "some of the greatest literary achievements of our time."« less