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review 2018-03-07 03:29
Silas Marner -- Reading/Rereading the classics
Silas Marner - George Eliot

Funny story: I have my mom's copy of this (another pre-ISBN book I own...) I bought myself a Kindle copy but that's not the funny part. The funny part is that I read this ages ago, with my mother when I was very young. We read it together. She had read it with her mother, so I guess it was supposed to be a thing. (If she'd ever read another book besides Jane Eyre, maybe it would have been.) But over the years, I'd forgotten most of it. I'm always annoyed when I see a star rating on my books marked read and can't remember much, so since it's short, I read it yesterday. I knew it involved a weaver and his daughter. But in my brilliant mind, I meshed it with Rumpelstiltskin. What a shocker when nobody spun any gold!

 

This really is a lovely story. Before it's lovely, it's laugh aloud funny too. Despite its age, the language is easy to understand and it's an incredibly quick read. George Eliot packed a lot of story into a very slim book, and an original telling into a morality play. A ton of characters and plot lines all weave together effortlessly to end in a tear-jerker.

 

Interestingly, she thought this was a throwaway, or perhaps it should be a poem. We're lucky she finished the story because it really is a little gem. Now I suppose I should reread Rumpelstiltskin in case I've got that mixed up with something else entirely too.

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text 2018-02-06 21:46
Reading progress update: I've read 71 out of 583 pages.
Middlemarch - George Eliot

Well looks like there wasn't too much fall out from Dorothea disregarding Sir James' feelings.

 

It does seem that she made an unwise choice in her fiancee. Mr. Casaubon is all regret and disappointed he's not "happier" now that he's getting married. He also finds her thirst for knowledge bothersome. I don't think she will be very happy.

 

All the misogynistic ramblings grate on my nerves. Such was the times I guess.  We'll see how Dorothea defies their expectations. 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-01-29 16:58
Read 41 pages out of 583
Middlemarch - George Eliot

I had seen this book on quite a few “Best Novel Ever Written” lists. I want to develop a taste for reading more classics. So last week, I started this one.

 

I must say when we meet Celia and Dorothea, sisters who live with their uncle, I didn’t know what to make of them. They’re young and naive. Naturally their uncle wants to marry them off because what else is a woman to do. Dorothea - with her reluctance to get married  - didn’t strike me as forward thinking, she just had different tastes.  I understand why she chose Mr. Casaubon as a husband since he seemed to feed her need for intellectual discussion. However,  I didn’t like how she treated Sir James. I empathized with Celia, who tried to tell Dorothea she was being callous to Sir James' feelings when he was obviously interested in her.

 

I’m curious to see the ramifications of Dorothea’s actions. And also to see what Dorothea reaps as Mr. Casaubon does seem to disregard her plans for helping the town by building cottages. Ah, young and blind idealism.

 

I did enjoy this closing bit in Chapter 6:

 

“We mortals, men and women, devour many  a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh nothing!” Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts- not to hurt others.”

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review 2017-10-20 00:00
The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot
The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot - Rebecca Mead Excellent, scholarly insight into the life of George Eliot and Middlemarch
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review 2017-10-07 00:00
Middlemarch
Middlemarch - Michel Faber,George Eliot Reckoned to be one of the greatest English novels and who am I to disagree
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