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george eliot is one of the best classic writers, no doubt about it. she has the style, good choice of vocabulary, a detailed description of the various characters, and she succeeds in making a profound impression on the reader's mind, with at least one of her characters. she handles a great variety of dispositions in people, that she can be sure about making the reader compare self with the character from the book at least once.
the transition from one family to the other in descriptions, is so seamless and the reader doesnt even know that he has travelled from one part of the county to the other. fred and mary make anyone cheerful with their playful romance. (though fred himself was not cheerful at times). tertius and rosamond seem to be a 'made for each other pair' in the beginning, but it is disappointing to know that they end up in failure(though they somehow pull together till death do them part). dorothea, the heroine is a bit eccentric, if that is not an offensive word. but still, she is like a candle burning in her own corner. of course, she has her personal follies, she is not clear about what she wants and likes, in the beginning.but later she turns out to be almost a therasa in her providence. mr. caleb garth is so patronly and makes an ideal father.
the book is wholesome. when i first took the book in my hands, i smiled at the back page words 'comparable to jane austen and leo tolstoy'. but now, that i have read the book, i am another testimony to that compliment.
This is another Top 100 books of all time selection that was loaned to me by our middle school's choir director and literature scholar, Sarah Holub. It was a text she'd studied for a colleg literature lass. It follows the complexity of Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibilitiy, and is set during similar times.
Middlemarch refers to a town or region of England set in the first part of the 19th century. These are the proverbial "good olde days"; but a thorough reading of the human condition set in this period of time would suggest otherwise.
This is a beautifully writen novel that is all about relationships between men and women of the time. Twenty year old Dorothea sets an ideal for herself of the man she will marry, a man much mroe intelligent than she whom she can learn from and help in his studies. She marries Mr. Casaubon, a bizarre, withdrawn, odious scholar thrice her age who buries her alive in his catacomb-like existence of books, maps and ancient mythology. Another pair is Lydgage and Rosamond; he, a doctor aspiring to great medical discoveries; she, a rare beauty who is spoiled and selfish. Causabon's nephew falls madly in love with Dorothy, his own age, but she is already married. Lydgate falls into financial woes trying to satiate the social neds of Rosamond, and brings great strees into their lives. Bulstrode, the wealthiest man in town, wields his religion like armor; yet all is a fascade because of the ill-goten ways by which he earned his fortune. Raggles, a part of his sorted past, arises like a recurring cancer to revisit Bulsgtrode's sordid past, expose the pompous Bulstrode, and send him packing from Middlemarch in disgrace.
This is but a sampling of the 19th century intrigue exposed by master storyteller Elliot. It is NOT an easy text to read; each page took me about six minutes to digest, and there are over 500 of them to devouor. This is NOT the kind of book with action ad body parts leaping off its pages. Instead, it is a beautifully woven tapestry spun by an insightful word master of her time. In fact, some of the scenes and the language involved are so striking, so poiognant, tht I found myself closing the book to sit, and let them be absorbed. For example, the scene wherein Rosamond uses her powerful feminine charms to get a marriage proposal out of her intended, Lydgagte, are powerful and very, very moving. This is a Five-star novel, but it will cost you diligence to appreciate it.