The Black City

The Black City

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Baker & Taylor
A starkly realistic novel from nineteenth-century France captures the struggles of the working class through the eyes of a young metal worker who finds himself caught up in the labor unrest of the period as he idealistically attempts to start his own factory and falls in love with a woman who is sympathetic to the working class. Original.

Perseus Publishing
Set against the backdrop of France’s industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While ambition is the spur that prompts Sept-Epees to purchase a ramshackle factory he is ill equipped to run, love is the secret cause. For Sept-Epees, however misguidedly, would make himself worthy of the orphaned (like him), wise, pretty, and capable Tonine Gaucher. As eloquent in its exposure of the social ills that afflicted French workers at the onset of the industrial revolution as it is poignant in its exploration of love’s turbulent course for the prideful Sept-Epees and the proud Tonine, The Black City reflects George Sand’s enduring admiration for the struggles and triumphs of the working class as well as her genius in the characterization of strong, clear-eyed, independent women. If in Sept-Epees she embodies the estimable worker who can make of his craft an art, in Tonine she epitomizes the woman whose successes stunningly defy the conventions of the age.

Set against the backdrop of France's industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While ambition is the spur that prompts Sept-Epees to purchase a ramshackle factory he is ill equipped to run, love is the secret cause. For Sept-Epees, however misguidedly, would make himself worthy of the orphaned (like him), wise, pretty, and capable Tonine Gaucher. As eloquent in its exposure of the social ills that afflicted French workers at the onset of the industrial revolution as it is poignant in its exploration of love's turbulent course for the prideful Sept-Epees and the proud Tonine, The Black City reflects George Sand's enduring admiration for the struggles and triumphs of the working class as well as her genius in the characterization of strong, clear-eyed, independent women. If in Sept-Epees she embodies the estimable worker who can make of his craft an art, in Tonine she epitomizes the woman whose successes stunningly defy the conventions of the age.


Blackwell North Amer
Smoke stacks and sluices and hungry furnaces are changing the face of nineteenth-century France in this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand. And the factories are taking their toll, too, on the fortunes of earnest, young Etienne Lavoute, whose mastery as a metalsmith has won him the name Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades). A man with a dream, Sept-Epees wants desperately to free himself not from the working class to which he was born but from the woes imposed upon it by lofty mill owners. While ambition is the spur that prompts Sept-Epees to purchase a ramshackle factory he is ill-equipped to run, love is the secret cause. For Sept-Epees, however misguidedly, would make himself worthy of the willful but kind Tonine Gaucher.

Publisher: New York, NY : Carroll & Graf, 2004
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
Description: 183 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780786713240
0786713240
Branch Call Number: Sand
Additional Contributors: Kover, Tina A.

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