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Middlemarch by George Eliot

Middlemarch (1872)

by George Eliot

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    My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: One reader's relationship with this novel; also some biography of Eliot and a literary criticism.
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    thesmellofbooks: The Getting of Wisdom is the rare sort of book that provokes deep self-reflection and a nudge in the direction of peace-making with self and life, and in this way brings to mind [[George Eliot]]'s [Middlemarch]. I am gobsmacked. The novel begins as an entertaining tale of a headstrong young Australian girl going to meet the world at boarding school. It gradually evolves into a subtle, simple, and stunningly real observation of the pressures of conformity and the intolerance of naïveté, which, when paired with a strong desire to be accepted, can lead to many and often rending responses in an imaginative young person. Yet it is not a tragedy. I am left moved, affectionate, a little worried about the future, and yet joyful at the intactness of the protagonist's resilient soul. Bravo, Ms Richardson.… (more)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: These 19th-century classics portray complex romantic relationships with vivid descriptions and a strong sense of place. With intricate, twisting plots, both offer their protagonists bleak outlooks that end in satisfying resolutions.
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    kara.shamy: Similar -- almost unique really -- in their tremendous breadth and depth...

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I loved this book, from beginning to end. I can't remember right now when I read it, or why on earth I didn't write a review! ( )
  greeniezona | Dec 6, 2017 |
A long story about several couples and their relationships/marriages and dealings within a small town. Clergy, politicians, doctors, estate managers. Dorothea and Ladislaw etc, all sorts of characters.
What else can I say about a classic? ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
"Middlemarch" is the antithesis of "Pride and Prejudice," a work at once both feminist and realist. Eliot's prose is richly textured, but at times so heavy that it obscures the plot, which moves very slowly. Like "Anna Karenina," it also interweaves parallel stories of different couples, and just as with "Anna Karenina," I can't manage as a reader to care about all of them equally. I came away from the book feeling that I had read something historically important and timeless in a certain way, but not enjoyable in a timeless way. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Nov 24, 2017 |
Not quite as remarkable as I remembered it. Eliot does love to "talk". The chapters of Lydgate's medical practice and the gossip at the Dragon and Dollop's goes on a little too long.
On the other hand, Fred and Mary, Celia, and Dorothea are as charming and entrancing as ever. No novel may have made better use of background characters - Farebrother, Bulstrode, Mr. Brookes, the Cadwalladers, and more.
  FKarr | Oct 9, 2017 |
It takes a lot of patience and deliberation to read through George Eliot's long passages and the slowly unfolding story of the lives of people living in a provincial English town in the early decades of 19th century. The industrialisation and the social changes it brought about like the rise of the Middle and capitalist classes forms the sociopolitical backdrop of the novel.

In my view the real strength of the novel is in its skillful and realistic portrayal of characters. They are all so familiar and relatable. You can easily identify with their dreams and ambitions, their failings and weaknesses, and the compromises they have to make in their susceptibilities or hindrances from society. The pompous scholar riddled with inner uncertainties and fear, the hypocritical banker with a dishonourable past, the young and ardent Dorothea, the idealistic and ambitious Lydgate,the thoughtless and self-centered Rosamond, and the principled and plain speaking Garths who are not privileged and have no self-delusions.

George Eliot writes with both a humorous wit and empathetic understanding showing the human spirit and its foibles, its youthful ambitions and the unavoidable compromises. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
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This book manages to be very local and provincial (as the subtitle suggests) but yet contains so much of the world in its detailed portraits of the inhabitants of Middlemarch. There is the quiet power and capability of the women in it, the messy families and relationships, the dark pasts and the sense of the world changing in the back drop. It manages to be compelling, funny, knowledgeable and suspenseful in turn, and by the end is a real pageturner. I expected it to be more of a challenge to read, but found it delightfully enjoyable, and felt quite sad when it was over.

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Eliot, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashton, RosemaryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Creswick, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faber, MichelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haight, Gordon S.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harvey, W. J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mead, RebeccaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl waling forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother, to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors? (Prelude)
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
The nineteenth century was an age of intense intellectual ferment. (Introduction)
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.
What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscientious qualms; she felt that she enjoyed it in a pagan sensuous way, and always looked forward to renouncing it.
Some discouragement, some faintness of the heart at the new real future which replaces the imaginary, is not unusual, and we do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual. That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotions of mankind.
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By the time the novel appeared to tremendous popular and critical acclaim in 1871-2, George Eliot was recognized as England's finest living novelist. It was her ambition to create a world and portray a whole community--tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry--in the rising provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and suspense, «Middlemarch» is richer still in character, in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community, and in the great art that enlarges the reader's sympathy and imagination. It is truly, as Virginia Woolf famously remarked, 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.
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dorothea cares

in a world not quite ready

to accept her views

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439548, Paperback)

It was George Eliot’s ambition to create a world and portray a whole community—tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry—in the rising fictional provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and
suspense, Middlemarch is richer still in character and in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community.

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Set in a provincial Victorian neighborhood, the author explores the complex social relationship and the struggle to hold fast to personal tragedy in a materialistic environment.

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