Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Dream Lover

Choices. Elizabeth Berg tackles historical fiction with her latest novel titled, The Dream Lover, structured as a memoir by George Sand, Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin. Much of the novel chronicles romantic liaisons, which will please those Berg readers who expect pages filled with relationship issues. Berg adopts a writing style that mimics the writing of George Sand, and that choice led to a narrative that was often tedious to read. The choices of memoir and the style of Sand had other consequences. Readers are left with Sand’s own view of her life, and there may have been richer material from Sand’s critics and admirers. Berg’s choices also lead toward a comparison of her prose with Sand’s, and for those readers familiar with both, Sand is likely to be viewed more favorably. All that said, I was entertained by reading this novel. Readers who love Berg’s writing are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase The Dream Lover from

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