Middlemarch by George Eliot

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22 Critic Reviews

The language and the images are wholly adequate to the complexity - and to the knife-like painfulness - of these reflections.
-Guardian

Synopsis

On April 10, 1994, PBS stations nationwide will air the first episode of a lavish six-part Masterpiece Theatre production of Eliot's brilliant work, Middlemarch, hosted by Russell Baker and produced by Louis Marks. The Modern Library is pleased to offer this official companion edition, complete with tie-in art and printed on acid-free paper. Unabridged.
 

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George Eliot was the pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans, one of the leading writers of the Victorian era, who published seven major novels and several translations during her career. She started her career as a sub-editor for the left-wing journal The Westminster Review, contributing politically charged essays and reviews before turning her attention to novels. Among Eliot’s best-known works are Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, in which she explores aspects of human psychology, focusing on the rural outsider and the politics of small-town life. Eliot died in 1880.
 
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All: 22 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 5

Guardian

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Reviewed by AS Byatt on Aug 03 2007

The language and the images are wholly adequate to the complexity - and to the knife-like painfulness - of these reflections.

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Reviewed by AS Byatt on Aug 03 2007

The language and the images are wholly adequate to the complexity - and to the knife-like painfulness - of these reflections.

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Guardian

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on Jun 01 2002

Nothing strikes us more than the manner in which George Eliot's rare humanity continually appears. Witness her remark on good and evil pride, which deserves never to be forgotten.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Murphy on Mar 16 2003

I finally finished this book. I think it took me upwards of 6 months. It’s long. And it’s not really that fast-moving. I did care about the characters though...I think, right now, that I liked Mill on the Floss much better. But maybe Middlemarch will grow on me with time.

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Dear Author

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Reviewed by Jennie on Jul 14 2010

I’m sure it starts to sound a bit soap-operish in summary, but I think Eliot has a point to make about the way that the lives of these people intertwine; one drops a stone in a pond and the ripples spread to touch those that the person may barely know.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Benn on Oct 18 2013

It's impossible not to admire the sly wit, as well as capacious intellect and human understanding, at work in Eliot's masterpiece.

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Patheos

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Reviewed by B.D. McClay on Feb 14 2014

The first time I read it, Middlemarch was like getting punched in the gut. Today, it’s still like getting punched in the gut, albeit for different reasons.

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The Atlantic

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Reviewed by Arthur George Sedgwick on Apr 01 1980

In the attempt to play the critic of such works as these, one cannot help feeling that to properly analyze and explain George Eliot, another George Eliot is needed, and that all suggestion can do is to indicate the impossibility of grasping, in even the most comprehensive terms, the variety of her powers.

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Dominion of New York

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bastos on Mar 06 2012

To say that this is a good book is to minimize the words “good” and “book.” This is a great book. One of The Great Books of British Literature.

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ABC Perth

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on Sep 04 2012

These key stories are skilfully interwoven alongside various side plots and serve to paint a vast and detailed portrait not only of a town but of humanity in general, with all its strengths and weaknesses. Middlemarch gives us a razor sharp, yet compassionate insight into how individuals deal with the changes and struggles of everyday life.

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Things Mean a Lot

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Reviewed by Ana S. on Aug 23 2010

Middlemarch is a novel of almost endless scope; an epic and bittersweet story about all the rights and wrongs that form a human life; and a story that tells even of triumphs with a tone of melancholy.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

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on Jun 28 2012

So, either you like 19th century literature or you don't. If you do, you should love this book. The story is, perhaps, not particularly striking in terms of originality or plot twists, being your basic Victorian soap opera with a minimum of melodrama, but Middlemarch is a great multi-character drama with interesting characters.

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The Blue Bookcase

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Reviewed by Ingrid on Feb 21 2012

Even though I didn't love this one, Time magazine named it one of the top ten greatest books of all time, and quite a few writers have also placed in in their top ten. It's one of those books that is worth reading to form your own opinion.

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Lit Lovers

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Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on May 01 2014

Middlemarch may be long, wordy, and sometimes difficult to cut through, but it is an incredibly rich, compelling read. Book clubs might want to break it up into two-month segments. However you approach it, take your time, keep plugging away (especially in some of the early chapters) and savor its majesty.

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She Reads Novels

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Reviewed by Helen on Aug 23 2010

If I’m going to be completely honest, there are a lot of classics that I’ve enjoyed a lot more than this one, but I can’t think of any that are greater in scope, more insightful or offer a more penetrating study of humanity.

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It's All About Books

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Reviewed by Suey on Sep 21 2011

I think those that read it, enjoyed it for the most part, but felt it was quite long and there was too much political moments and too much author narration. And I for one, still say to those that didn't read it, do read it someday! It may turn out to be your most favorite book of all time!

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The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

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on Apr 24 2013

Definitely worth the read, but as with most of the longer Classics and anything of Dickens, I recommend that you break it up probably into two or more parts. I read about 600 pages and then had to take a break to read Cujo for book group and it made the last 300 pages go by really fast.

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A Good Stopping Point

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on Sep 09 2010

...I found it inspiring to watch as several of the characters overcame their personal disappointments and adversities to find they had still something to contribute to other people.

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Dolce Bellezza

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Reviewed by Bellezza on Aug 21 2010

Indeed, reading this book was much like the experience I had watching the Austen series last winter: one of longing for times past and an afternoon tea with some of the more endearing characters.

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The Indextrious Reader Blog

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Reviewed by Melwyk on Aug 24 2010

The more I think about it and try to write about it, the more I realize how extraordinary the construction of the book is. It's the first Eliot I've read, and I think I'll go on and read more of her work.

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Fly High

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Reviewed by Maria Grazia on Dec 12 2009

...this epic novel has also a really extraordinary heroine which contributed to its popularity: Dorothea Brooke.

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on Jan 26 2007

When I read Austen, I can hear a supressed laugh in the narrator’s tone; Eliot has more sadness. And yet, I really enjoyed the book. When I read Austen, I end up wanting to be her herione. With Middlemarch, I ended up seeing that I can overcome the challenges in my personal life.

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