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Daniel Deronda (Penguin Classics) (original 1876; edition 1996)

by George Eliot, Terence Cave (Contributor), Terence Cave (Editor)

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Title:Daniel Deronda (Penguin Classics)
Authors:George Eliot
Other authors:Terence Cave (Contributor), Terence Cave (Editor)
Info:Penguin Classics (1996), Paperback, 896 pages
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Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)

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    ncgraham: Surprised this recommendation hasn't already been made ... scholars throughout the years have noted Gwendolen Harleth's influence upon James in creating Isabel Archer.
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    davidcla: Wharton's 1913 novel is excellent, and very interesting to read as a companion to George Eliot's Daniel Deronda. Wharton's Undine casts Eliot's Gwendolen in a new light. And vice versa.
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  ellohull | Feb 10, 2016 |
I have a sneaking suspicion that I have just read the best book I will read in 2016- [Daniel Deronda] by [George Eliot]. I have now read all of Eliot's works and this is by far the best layered and most emotion illiciting book of the bunch. This is Eliot's final and most in-depth novel. It does not take place in rural England, but in a very modern London. Although the book is titled Daniel Deronda, he often plays second fiddle to several other characters. The plot is two-fold, one plot line involving traditional English class society and focusing on the life and fate of Gwendolen Harleth, an initially arrogant and pampered young woman who, through a series of misadventures, chooses to marry Grandcourt, a corrupt and domineering titled Englishman who makes her life a misery. The second plot line involves a young Jewess, Mirah, and her brother Mordecai (Ezra), following their struggles in England. The two plots are linked by Daniel Deronda, presumably a bastard child of a wealthy man.

This work by Eliot tackled the really tough topic of Zionism. In fact I read that following Eliot's death, there were attempts to publish the book without the Zionist parts. Highly recommend this book! 5 stars! ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Feb 5, 2016 |
Well woven story, but I never quite understood why Daniel had to go east... ( )
  Big_Blue | Sep 29, 2015 |
My first meeting with George Eliot’s last novel was actually 10 years ago with its 2002 BBC adaptation , which soon became one of my best favourites , when I hadn’t even read a page from the book and only just heard about it.
BBC drama was stunning and I found the story so original and brave that I promised myself I would read the book sooner or later. I’ve kept the promise though it wasn’t sooner. You know, how is it that we usually complain? Too many books, too little time. That’s it. Now, let’s start my musings giving some order to my thoughts , focusing on few important themes and, especially, let’s introduce the book properly.
Read my complete review at http://flyhigh-by-learnonline.blogspot.it/2012/09/reading-daniel-deronda-george-...
  learnonline | Aug 28, 2015 |
This book was Eliot’s last novel. In her introduction to my copy Barbara Hardy, an Eliot expert, says “…this is a last novel which can be called a remarkable conclusion.” It took on a large issue, anti-Semitism, but also dealt with a great love story and fierce friendships. When this book was first published it appeared monthly between February and September 1876. I decided to experience reading it somewhat in the way its first readers did and I interspersed the monthly installments with other books. I still finished it in one month but this method gave me some indication of the anticipation the initial readers would have felt on receiving the next installment.
The title character makes a very brief appearance in the first book. That book is devoted mostly to Gwendolen Harleth, the beautiful but spoiled young lady who attracts many suitors but has not accepted any as a husband. She briefly meets Deronda while gambling in Europe. He noticed her cool demeanour as she won much and then lost it all again. Just after that meeting Gwendolen hears from her mother that they have lost all their fortune to bad investments and she must return to England immediately. Gwen pawns a necklace in order to have funds either to continue gambling or to buy her return ticket. Deronda observed her enter the pawn broker’s shop and later he returned the necklace anonymously to her. Gwen then feels that she must give up the idea of gambling and she returns to England. In the next book we learn that Miss Harleth was courted by Mr. Mallinger Grandcourt, a gentleman who is the heir of Sir Hugo Mallinger. Gwen knows that he is going to propose to her but she learns that he had a long-standing relationship with a married woman who had four children by him. Her first husband having died she had hoped that Grandcourt would finally marry her and make her son his heir. When she learns that Grandcourt is enamoured of Miss Harleth she meets with her to tell her the truth. Gwen was horrified, promised not to marry Grandcourt and then immediately left for the continent with family friends. Now that her family is penniless she is tempted by Grandcourt who promises to look after her mother in style. So Gwen accepts Grandcourt’s proposal and wedding arrangements are made. Deronda is also back in England. Previous to going to Europe, while boating on the Thames, he observed a young woman who appeared to be getting ready to drown herself. He intervenes and we are thus introduced to the other main character in the book, Mirah Lapidoth. Mirah is a Jewess who was taken from her mother and brother by her father when she was very young. Possessed of a lovely voice she had been forced to act and sing by her father and he was about to sell other of her accomplishments. Mirah ran away from him and came to London to find her mother and brother but she had been unsuccessful. She had determined to kill herself rather than risk returning to her father. Deronda takes her to the mother of a friend, Mrs. Meyrick, and Mirah blossomed under her care. Mirah is grateful to and probably also in love with Deronda but her religion is too important for her to consider marrying a Christian. Now that he has returned to London Deronda is determined to help Mirah by finding her brother and mother if he can,
Deronda is the antithesis of Mallinger Grandcourt. Grandcourt would do anything to win the object of his desires but Deronda recognizes that he may never win Mirah but he is willing to help her forever. His superior qualities also attract Gwendolen’s notice. Marriage to Grandcourt is torture for her but Deronda’s wisdom and advice help her deal with her feelings. Deronda was brought up by Sir Hugo Mallinger and Daniel, who was told nothing about his parents, believed that he was the illegitimate son of Sir Hugo. He does long to know what happened to his mother but his love and esteem for Sir Hugo restrains him from making enquiries. By Book Seven we learn about his heritage but it would be too big a spoiler to reveal that here.
This is a wonderful story and certainly deserving of the acclaim it has received. I liked it more than Middlemarch, which is probably the most famous Eliot book and about the same as Mill on the Floss. But my favourite of her books that I have read is Adam Bede which I thought was perfect. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 5, 2015 |
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A nonchalance about sales seems to belong universally to the second-hand book-business. In most other trades you find generous men who are anxious to sell you their wares for your own welfare; but even a Jew ... One is led to believe that a secondhand bookseller may belong to that unhappy class of men who have no belief in the good of what they get their living by.
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As "Daniel Deronda" opens, Gwendolen Harleth is poised at the roulette-table, prepared to throw away her family fortune. She is observed by Daniel Deronda, a young man groomed in the finest tradition of the English upper-classes. And while Gwendolen loses everything and becomes trapped in an oppressive marriage, Deronda's fortunes take a different turn. After a dramatic encounter with the young Jewish woman Mirah, he becomes involved in a search for her lost family and finds himself drawn into ever-deeper sympathies with Jewish aspirations and identity. 'I meant everything in the book to be related to everything else', wrote George Eliot of her last and most ambitious novel, and in weaving her plot strands together she created a bold and richly textured picture of British society and the Jewish experience within it.

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George Eliot's last and most unconventional novel is considered by many to be her greatest. First published in installments in 1874-76, "Daniel Deronda" is a richly imagined epic with a mysterious hero at its heart. Deronda, a high-minded young man searching for his path in life, finds himself drawn by a series of dramatic encounters into two contrasting worlds: the English country-house life of Gwendolen Harleth, a high-spirited beauty trapped in an oppressive marriage, and the very different lives of a poor Jewish girl, Mirah, and her family. As Deronda uncovers the long-hidden secret of his own parentage, Eliot's moving and suspenseful narrative opens up a world of Jewish experience previously unknown to the Victorian novel.… (more)

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