The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
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In the end, the character of Maggie and her struggles resonated with me, but a lot of the rest of the book just didn’t. Still, it didn’t bore me...
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Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family. As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother, a close friend who is also the son of her family's worst enemy, and a charismatic but dangerous suitor. With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot's most autobiographical novel; it is also one of her most powerful and moving.
 

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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.
 
Published September 5, 1996 by OUP Oxford. 564 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Professional & Technical, Children's Books, History, Romance, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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In the end, the character of Maggie and her struggles resonated with me, but a lot of the rest of the book just didn’t. Still, it didn’t bore me...

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