Gwendolen Harleth, George Eliot's most remarkable heroine, marries for money and power rather than love, but finds marriage a trap and her husband's sadistic use of power constricting. The upper class Victorian society in which she moves is juxtaposed with that of the hero, Daniel Deronda. The... show more
Gwendolen Harleth, George Eliot's most remarkable heroine, marries for money and power rather than love, but finds marriage a trap and her husband's sadistic use of power constricting. The upper class Victorian society in which she moves is juxtaposed with that of the hero, Daniel Deronda. The warmth and profound moral fervour of his newly discovered community of English Jews casts a harsh light on the superficiality and hypocrisy of Gwendolen's world. Daniel's influence is a redemptive force that ultimately saves Gwendolen from despair. Eliot breaks new ground for the English novel with the unusual form and content of this extraordinary tale which conveys the full, painful complexity of love and life.
Publish date: 2002
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 796
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
, English Literature
Well...I've let this one sit for weeks and can think of nothing to say, because the book already said everything. Except that my overwhelming impression of my first Eliot is that it is very, very feminist.Plot details aside, this book made me think that one of the biggest obstacles women face is the...
5 stars As much as I love Victorian literature I was having difficulty with this book throughout the first section. After discussing the matter with another reader, I approached the book as though it was written by a French author such as Victor Hugo, instead of an English author. After that menta...
bookshelves: published-1876, classic, winter20092010, victorian, play-dramatisation, fraudio, filthy-lucre, philosophy Recommended for: Wanda and Laura Read from February 09 to 10, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** I sense a fair amount of neo-platonic thought running through here and also puts me in min...
This is a really good book.
7-3-13 "Chapter 70, the last chapter" THANK GOD! Agggh. For the moment it's a three...it may make it to four on reflection. Had I read it years ago, before becoming cognizant of and sympathetic to the Palestinian perspective, I suspect my view would be different.I started it as audio, but it wa...