Daniel Deronda (Penguin Classics)
As "Daniel Deronda" opens, Gwendolen Harleth is poised at the roulette-table, prepared to throw away her family fortune. She is observed by Daniel Deronda, a young man groomed in the finest tradition of the English upper-classes. And while Gwendolen loses everything and becomes trapped in an... show more
As "Daniel Deronda" opens, Gwendolen Harleth is poised at the roulette-table, prepared to throw away her family fortune. She is observed by Daniel Deronda, a young man groomed in the finest tradition of the English upper-classes. And while Gwendolen loses everything and becomes trapped in an oppressive marriage, Deronda's fortunes take a different turn. After a dramatic encounter with the young Jewish woman Mirah, he becomes involved in a search for her lost family and finds himself drawn into ever-deeper sympathies with Jewish aspirations and identity. 'I meant everything in the book to be related to everything else', wrote George Eliot of her last and most ambitious novel, and in weaving her plot strands together she created a bold and richly textured picture of British society and the Jewish experience within it.
Publish date: February 1st 1995
Pages no: 850
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...