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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 - Michel Faber,George Eliot Reckoned to be one of the greatest English novels and who am I to disagree
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text 2017-09-16 19:46
Das Lied von Eis und Feuer 01: Die Herren von Winterfell by Martin, George R.R. (2010) Paperback - George Eliot


"...die scheuen Blicke" 


Die Scheuen Blicke, die ein sieben-jähriges Mädchen einem Jungen zuwirft und dann als fad befunden wird!! Ich finde das kann noch nicht einmal Fantasy rechtfertigen. 

Der Schreibstil ist zum Gähnen und was soll das mit den Zehntausend Personen die gleich eingeführt werden, die am Ende eh alle nur sterben werden, wenn man den Gerüchten glauben schenken darf. Und überhaupt, was ist aus den schönen Einsteckkarten in Büchern geworden, auf denen alle wichtigen Personen verzeichnet sind. Ich habe den Eindruck George R.R. Martin möchte den Russen Konkurrenz machen.


Ich habe das Buch auf Seite 66 entnervt zugeklappt, und die Lektüre auf unbestimmt vertagt. Vielleicht sollte ich es nochmal versuchen, wenn der Winter naht :D 



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