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Silas Marner (1861)

by George Eliot

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  bedda | Feb 1, 2016 |
A story of redemption. Eliot teaches a simple lesson: When we let go of the goods we get the gold. Simplistic but real. Love is the answer. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Quite hard-going in the early chapters, as the author goes into long-winded descriptions and philosophy of the times. But a delightful story once it gets going - and it's not even very long for a book of this kind. Well worth persevering. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Silas Marner at it's core is a story of loss, regret and redemption. The title character is a weaver who looses everything - his job, his love, and the respect of his community. Brokenhearted he leaves his home and moves to a land as different from all he knows as possible. He is looked upon with suspicion and fear by the residents of Raveloe, but allowed to live his life quietly and undisturbed. Then two events conspire to change everything. When he fully enters into the community and finds a renewed sense of peace and hope. Woven into his story is that of several others, all of whom shaped his life in some fashion, both directly and indirectly.

As was common at the time, Silas Marner was originally published as a serial, and it definitely read that way. The story moved slowly in the beginning, the author very clearly and precisely setting the scene before any real action happens. Then once things really got moving it felt almost rushed until what seemed a very abrupt conclusion. Usually you hear of people stating that an author could have stood to cut pages. That is definitely not the the case with this novel. Just the opposite. I think more could have been done with the story to take it from average to outstanding. So while I enjoyed reading it, I just wish there had been more. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Eliot, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, WalterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cave, TerenceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garrigues, Ellen E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gulick, Edward LeedsEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herrick, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leavis, Q.D.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moffett, H. Y.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montazzoli, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitt, David G.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rowe, ClarenceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"A child, more than all other gifts
That earth can offer to declining man,
Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts,"

~ Wordsworth
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In the days when the spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses--and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread lace, had their toy spinning wheels of polished oak--there might be seen in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain pallid undersized men, who, by the side of the brawny country-folk, looked like the remnants of a disinherited race.
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Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction.  We see no white-winged angels now.  But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little child's.
There were old labourers in the parish of Raveloe who were known to have their savings by them, probably inside their flock-beds.
Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least instructed human beings.
Instead of trying to still his fears, he encouraged them, with that superstitious impression which clings to us all, that if we expect evil very strongly it is the less likely to come;...
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A gentle linen weaver is accused of a heinous crime. Exiling himself, he becomes a recluse, only to find redemption in his love for an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day in his isolated cottage. Somber yet hopeful, Eliot's stirring tale continues to touch the human spirit.

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A lonely old man, falsely accused of theft, finds salvation in the love of a young child.

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