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Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) (original 1872; edition 1998)

by George Eliot, Felicia Bonaparte (Contributor), David Carroll (Editor)

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Title:Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics)
Authors:George Eliot
Other authors:Felicia Bonaparte (Contributor), David Carroll (Editor)
Info:Oxford Paperbacks (1998), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 864 pages
Collections:Classics, Nineteenth century, Your library, Favorites
Rating:*****
Tags:British authors, Classics, England, Nineteenth century, Realism

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Middlemarch by George Eliot (1872)

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Middlemarch - Eliot
audio performance by Juliet Stevenson
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Of course, it is a romance novel considering the number of pairings that occur throughout its nearly 1000 pages. Dorothea and Casaubon, Rosamond and Lydgate, Fred Vincy and Mary Garth, Dorothea and Ladislaw; the residents of Middlemarch are obsessed with reputations, engagements, marriages and betrayals. It’s a romance novel, but I didn’t think it was at all romantic. Although I enjoyed some of the characters more than others, I didn’t become very attached to any of them.

I did like the the author’s ironic commentary on her character’s behavior:

on Mr. Casauban, “He took a wife, as we have seen, to adorn the remaining quadrant of his course, and be the little moon that would cause hardly a calculable perturbation.”

on a woman’s role, “Women were expected to have weak opinions; but the great safeguard of society and of domestic life was, that opinions were not acted on. Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.”

from Mrs. Vincy, “I’m fond of having you home with me, but I can part with my children for their good.” (I may needlepoint this one and put it in my guest bedrooms)

of Fred Vincy, “The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes.


I understand why Middlemarch holds its place on so many lists of ranking novels. It’s a masterpiece. But, this is my second reading of an Eliot novel and I still prefer Dickens.



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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Had trouble getting into but it was worth while ( )
  blgriffin | Apr 27, 2016 |
I have just read this wonderful book again after many years. I was reminded very much of the comment by one of my English Lit lecturers years ago: "you really want Dorothea and Lydgate to get together. But they never do --- no matter how many times you read it!"
  PollyMoore3 | Apr 25, 2016 |
It's true, what all those people said about this book. This is one of those books that alters your lens on life. I was not kind to this book, and did not give it its proper due because I took much too long to read it, being frequently distracted by more superficial discourses, which only diluted the richness of the style and depth of the prose.
But despite that, it waited for me patiently and did not fail to reward, and nor did I fail to marvel. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
I read the abridged version of this, which was probably a mistake. Virginia Wolf said "Finally, a book for adults." We have plenty of books for adults these days, so this seemed old hat to me -- however, the truth is that this book was at the forefront of that "how many pounds a year" formula. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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Creswick, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faber, MichelIntroductionsecondary 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)
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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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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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