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Silas Marner - The Weaver of Raveloe (original 1861; edition 1957)

by George Eliot, John M. Avent (Editor)

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Title:Silas Marner - The Weaver of Raveloe
Authors:George Eliot
Other authors:John M. Avent (Editor)
Info:Allyn and Bacon, New York - The Academy Classics c1928
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Silas Marner by George Eliot (Author) (1861)

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Read half. Just too laborious at the wrong time. Don't want to pick it back up now, nearly two years later. ( )
  librken | Oct 29, 2014 |
Set in the early 19th century, Eliot's narrative accurately features the lifestyle, values and traditions of the period. Ethics, religion and the industrial revolution all play a part in this beautiful story. I realize it is not to everyone's taste but I find the old-fashioned language is a delight, describing the actions and feelings of the characters so beautifully. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Oct 28, 2014 |
Interesting writing, but extremely predictable story. The opening chapter or two were awful! It would have been so much entertaining (and would have given the reader a better sense of Marner's character) had Eliot fleshed out the exposition. It was so interminably dry that I dreaded reading the rest of the book. Fortunately, it picked up and there were some quite lovely passages to come (the water jug impressed me in particular). I couldn't help but think that had this been written by Dickens, it would have been much more enjoyable, but about 2-3 times longer. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
This is a great story and a good introduction to George Eliot. She really captures the characters of the English countryside. She can capture their accent on the written page. ( )
  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
In Silas Marner, George Eliot has crafted a heartwarming fable woven with incisive commentary on religion, community and the true meaning of wealth. The title character starts out as a faithful member of a religious commune, poised to marry the love of his life. He soon finds himself framed for theft and is exiled from the community. Betrayed, disillusioned and heartbroken, Marner settles on the edge of a faraway village. He becomes a hermit, finding solace in counting his precious stash of gold coins each night. He interacts with the outside world only as required to sell the cloth he weaves and accumulate more gold.

But fate intervenes in Marner's life once (well, twice) more. He is forced to engage with the village community, and the rest of the story follows his resulting growth and redemption.

Though the material is more simple than that of her larger works, Silas Marner still showcases Eliot's masterful (but admittedly dense) literary style, signature social commentary and humanist beliefs. Her keen observation of human nature helps her writing speak to readers hundreds of years and thousands of miles distant. I heartily recommend Silas Marner to all lovers of literature. Due to the book's modest length, it is especially suited to someone looking for a taste of Eliot's work but who may not have the time or patience to take on Middlemarch. Or the world-weary intellectual looking for an uplifting, fairytale-like story to restore their faith in humanity. ( )
  Ellen_Elizabeth | May 21, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Eliot, GeorgeAuthorprimary 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
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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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The heartwarming novel of a miser and a little child, is one of the great all-time classics, a tale so rich in human understanding that it will capture hearts and minds as long as books are read.

Filled with qualities that made George Eliot world-famous as a writer, it is a narrative at once bold, compassionate, and dramatically powerful.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451530624, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:30:18 -0400)

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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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