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Middlemarch : Collins Classics  - George Eliot

Middlemarch

Collins Classics

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Published: 1st October 2011
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'People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbours.'

An epic study of provincial life at a time when England was facing rapid industrialization and increasingly fluid social mobility, Eliot's depiction of the small community of Middlemarch weaves an intricate web of different characters disparate lives as they strive to adapt to the changing world around them.

Eliot was one of the first of her female contemporaries to write a novel that dealt with real-life issues and complex yet ordinary human life.

About the Author

Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

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4.0

A 1000 Page Quiet Delight

By Fussy Reader

from Brisbane

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    Comments about Middlemarch:

    Quietly engaging the reader for many hours, especially any Jane Austen lovers though never reaching the JA perfection of expression and economy of words.
    I found the proliferate way of using too many words and extremely long sentences inhibiting the prominence of the point meant to illustrate. Words used like someone was given ten thousand free beads using them liberally due to abundance rather than need or taste or art.
    The ending, although satisfactory and pleasing for the Reader for me it fell flat on its back instead of a potential exaltation after high intensity moments.
    Having said that i must clarify that i find it hard not to find fault in most books.
    To give it a well deserving credit it has some beautiful gems of simple expression such as 'pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts –not to hurt others'
    which read and re-read Ten times each, Lol, and would always touch my heart.
    Also some breath stopping high intensity moments and some characters becoming alive and hovering in my thoughts.
    All in all a thoroughly enjoyable book and a 'not to miss' for period lovers.
    I would happily recommend it and would not hesitate giving it as a present.

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    George Eliot

    Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity.

    She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously. Female authors published freely under their own names, but Eliot wanted to ensure that she was not seen as merely a writer of romances. An additional factor may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes. They lived together as man and wife, but Lewes was unable to divorce his wife from his failed marriage.

    Visit George Eliot's Booktopia Author Page


    ISBN: 9780007902187
    ISBN-10: 0007902182
    Series: Collins Classics
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 988
    Published: 1st October 2011
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.3  x 6.2
    Weight (kg): 0.534