It's not often you can whip through a classic in one day. Marianne is really a novella rather than a novel. I have to say, my positive rating of this is probably more for George Sand, who's biography makes up the first half of the book, than for Marianne itself, which is a sweet but disposable little tale about romance in the French countryside. It does plug some of Sand's philosophies on nature, education, human nature, etc, but for the most part it will seem to modern readers like much-trod territory--man doesn't realize he loves woman until he has competition for her. Woman tries to make him jealous. Third party gets strung along. Happy ending! However,George Sand=Total Badass. I will be reading more of her work.