'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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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.
Series: Collins Classics
Number Of Pages: 988
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.3 x 6.2
Weight (kg): 0.534