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Embittered by a false accusation, disappointed in friendship and love, the weaver Silas Marner retreats into a long twilight life alone with his loom. . . and his gold. Silas hoards a treasure that kills his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired founding child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are ...more
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Dear Ms Park,

I finally finished reading Silas Marner. Yes, I know you assigned it during my sophomore year in high school, but I didn't finish it until this past February. I know I passed the test you gave us on the story and I even made a passing grade on the paper that I wrote about the story. But I have to confess that it was Jake D.'s Classic Illustrated Comics version of the story that allowed me to make those grades. Poor Jake. Even after reading the comic book from cover to cover he still
Michael Sorensen
When I was a teen, I heard that Silas Marner was a horrid old book about a rotten old miser and that I never wanted to read it. My Thanks to modern day Steve Martin who has updated several classics (ie Cyrano de Bergerac's 'Roxane') and 'Silas Marner' with modern movies that beautifully hold true to the books. The Movie was "A Simple Little Wish" and it was a beautiful story of a man and a child he adopts. In the credits I saw that the movie was based on 'Silas Marner'. At that point I had to re ...more
Henry Avila
Jun 26, 2013 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An innocent young man, Silas Marner, is accused of stealing Church money, the actual crime committed, by his best friend, William, (a common occurrence ?), the culprit wants Silas's fiancee, Sarah. She soon rejects Silas, but not the treacherous William. The distraught weaver, flees Lantern Yard, when his brethren, do not believe him blameless, in the affair, to the country village of Raveloe . A bitter, broken man he becomes, his life ruined ... Apparently set in the English Midlands, during th ...more
The Fairy tale reading

Once upon a time, a poor linen weaver lived in a deep, dark, dank place. He had been much maligned, and had grown bitter and friendless. For comfort, he turned to work and building a crock of gold, which he kept hidden under a floorboard, and brought out at intervals to admire and gloat over. But one fateful evening, the feckless son of the local squire was passing by, and, having ridden his brother's horse to death by reckless hunting, and feeling sadly out of sorts at h
Feb 06, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong 3.5 stars

As with Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, the only other Eliot book I’ve read thus far, _Silas Marner_ shows off just how keen an observer of human nature Eliot was both in the adept manner she has at detailing the psychological motivations of her characters’ actions and in the more explicit authorial asides in the narrative in which she details her insights into how the human mind and heart work, and the justifications that we give ourselves for our actions. No one in h
Sep 10, 2013 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"God gave her to me because you turned your back upon her, and He looks upon her as mine: you've no right to her!
When a man turns a blessing from his door, it falls to them as take it in."
One of the main reasons I like reading Victorian novels is for the eloquence. The above quote there is spoken by the eponymous Silas Marner, a character with little in the way of education or wealth, so there is a plainness in his eloquence. In his position I would have said "F*k off mister, finders keepers!
Tyler Jones
May 13, 2011 Tyler Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
2011 marks 150 years since the publication of Silas Marner. I can see why some modern readers would find the pace slow, the language difficult, the moral message too strong and the story too neatly tied up. That will happen if you insist that a mid-19th century novel be judged by early-21st century standards. I don't understand why some people refuse to read a book on it's own terms, but insist that the book conform to their terms. It's like they live in a city with great restaurants that repres ...more
Richard Derus
Oct 08, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a real-life Book Circle read that, well, got mixed reviews. Some people thought the writing was brilliant and others found it dated; some people thought it was too short, others too long for the short story they felt it truly was and not the novel it's pretending to be.

I think it's a lovely book. I think Silas is about as honestly drawn and cannily observed a character as fiction offers. I think the village of Raveloe is as real as my own village of Hempstead. It's a delight to rea
Sep 07, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

This is a book which countless teenagers have been forced to read as part of the school syllabus. For some reason I didn't have to read it when I was at school. I'm glad that's the case, because I've a feeling this would not have appealed to me very much when I was a teenager.

As has been the case when I've read other novels by George Eliot, it took a while for me to become fully engaged with the narrative. But once the links between the various characters became clear, listening to the audioboo
Ivana Books Are Magic
I've read this book today and absolutely loved it. It is remarkably deep for such a relatively short novel. I don't remember when exactly I started reading it, but I know I made it to the third chapter in one go, found the story fascinating, but somehow I forgot about it until I picked it up again this afternoon. My favourite way to read doesn't include pauses. Obviously that isn't always possible but when I get the chance to do so I tend to use it- like I did this afternoon. I've really enjoyed ...more
Kressel Housman
Those of you who’ve been following my reviews for a while may remember that I have an ambition of going to grad school and writing a thesis or dissertation on George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. Well, even though I haven’t figured out a way to pay for grad school yet, I figured I might as well do the research on my own. So I’ve begun reading George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda Notebooks, which no doubt will take me a while, but I figured it was also high time I completed her entire oeuvre, and Silas Marner ...more
May 26, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wall street douchebags who should reexamine their priorities, maybe adopt an orphan
Silas Marner is the most accessible of George Eliot's novels, by which I mean it isn't like 700 pages long, which is a problem for it because that also means it's the one you had to read in high school. You didn't like it. Partly because your teacher made the whole class take turns reading out loud - why would you do that? - and partly because even at her snappiest Eliot is not the world's most exciting writer. She is the world's smartest writer! So that's nice for her. But she's no Dumas.

And th
Mar 02, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th century fiction
Recommended to Werner by: It was required reading in high school
Required reading assignments in school often aren't the most enjoyable reads, and the element of compulsion may prejudice the reader against them, but this novel proved to be a happy exception to that pattern! (Obviously, given the time frame, I read it in a different edition than the one above.) The above description of "faith and society" as Eliot's subject matter here is apt. After being cast out by his narrow religious sect when he is framed for a theft, Silas becomes an embittered and reclu ...more
What a wonderful story! There is so much wisdom in this short book. It was worth every minute of the time I spent listening to it.
Ziad Nadda
Oct 24, 2016 Ziad Nadda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent project of retribution and compensation. It broke my heart to pieces in its bloody dark unfair scenes. However, it flushed the happiness in my cheeks of its happy, joyful ending scenes. My heart will always remember Silas Marner, Eppie Marner, Godfrey case, and Nancy Lammeter of Raveloe.

P.S note:
Priscilla (Nancy's sister) is hilarious and I think she is my favorite character in the novel.
Apr 13, 2012 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
This is an odd wee book. I quite enjoyed it, but it is rather more showing its age than Middlemarch did. And it is similar in some ways to Middlemarch, or seems to be in the middle if not at the start and the end. It has the feel of snapshots of small town life. But the main story seems really odd for someone who translated Feuerbach's Essence of Christianity. This is a tale of redemption, but also one of a special providence, and as such it is a very Christian work, I think.

The idea that a man
Apr 23, 2008 Ferris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook while on vacation. It is a bit slow in the first third, but I stuck it out and became completely engrossed in this second of George Eliot's novels that I've read. I think she really believed in karma. In this novel, as in "Middlemarch", characters clearly reap the consequences of the choices they make, particularly in relation to their behavior towards other people.

If you can get through the first third, it is well worth the read.
Mary Ronan Drew
Dec 30, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Back in the fall of 1963 I was practice teaching at New Bedford High School. I didn't get to choose any of the books I taught and I was distressed that I had to teach Silas Marner. I had read it myself in high school not so long before and didn't like it at all and couldn't see the point of it all. Too sentimental, too stilted in language, too unrealistic.

But of course I sat down with the book and a notepad and started to do some close reading, as they taught us to do in those days. And a master
Ahmad Sharabiani
875. Silas Marner, George Eliot
سیلاس مارنر - جورج الیوت (دنیای نو) ادبیات
عنوانها: سیلاس مارنر؛ بافنده تنها؛ سایلاس مارنر قصه مرد بافنده؛
عنوان: بافنده تنها - سیلاس مارنر؛ تهران، نیل، 1349؛ در 86 ص؛ برای جوانان
با عنوان: سیلاس مارنر؛
ترجمه سیروس نویدان، تهران دنیای نو، 1369؛ در 341 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، صبحدم؛ 1371؛ چاپ دیگر: 1380؛
ترجمه محمد عبادزاده کرمانی، تهران، قصه جهان نما، 1371، در 144 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: دنیای مطبوعات، 1372؛ چاپ دیگر: جهان نما، 1375؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، هزار و یکشب، 1379؛ در 144 ص؛
I’ve procrastinated picking up this book for a long time, and I suppose the reason is that despite often naming George Eliot as my favorite author, I just didn’t expect to be very engaged by this one. I knew only the thing anyone knows about it: an old man takes in a baby and un-Scrooges himself because love.

So, I mean, sort of? But the baby doesn’t even show the heck up until halfway through. First, we start off the novel in the George Eliot-iest way, with a bunch of laborious description of th
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
If you are looking for a fast and thoroughly delightful and entertaining summer read, I would like to recommend George Eliot's slim novel, Silas Marner--The Weaver of Raveloe. I kept this next to my bedside, and read a few chapters each night; but it could just as easily be read in a few hours by a dedicated reader.

Eliot finished the novel in about six months and it was first published in April 1861. She wrote the novel during the time period that she was researching and writing her much larger
Emanuel rated it liked it
Mar 15, 2016
I didn't want this book to end. Such a gem! I loved Dolly. I need to be more like her in ways. The world needs lots of "Dollys!" I loved how the story was written in such a way that you understand a little bit of why each person made the choices they did. I loved Silas and his "treasure" that was his lifelong gift--his joy. Perhaps when I read it again I can get my other thoughts written down.
Mar 05, 2010 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, family
Reading the reviews on Goodreads of Silas Marner there is a clear pattern of pleasant surprise on rereading Silas Marner as an adult as compared to the horrors of having the book foisted upon them as a teenager. There are several apologies to the battalion of English teachers who gamely tried to beat the book into less than receptive minds. My English teacher was a lovely woman who was able to bring the most inaccessible of texts of life to my sparrow like attention span but as my parents main b ...more
George Eliot's Middlemarch is one of my 10 favorite novels. Silas Marner, while not quite at that level, is still very good. A good plot, outstanding characters, and wonderful imagery of life in a small English village in the early 19th century. If you like classics, you will almost certainly like this.
Eliot does it again! I found, as with Eliot's short story 'Brother Jacob', and the doorstopper that is 'Daniel Deronda', that 'Silas Marner' became steadily more enjoyable as the story progresses. Silas is a weaver in the village of Raveloe, having been banished from his original home after being falsely accused of theft. He lives alone in a small cottage, with only his weaving (and his stash of gold) to get him through the day. A loner in many respects, his life consists of little more than cou ...more
Hande Dilbaz
Apr 15, 2017 Hande Dilbaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 11, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shocker of all shockers: I liked this one. Quite a lot, in fact. Why is that shocking? When I read this little volume--and no, it's not the same copy--in tenth grade I absolutely hated it. Hate is really too kind a word for what I felt. Needless to say, it held the title of most-hated-book until my college days when Jude the Obscure took its place. (It still holds the honor, in case you're curious.) Which just goes to show you that almost without a doubt classics--at least some classics--fail to ...more
Nov 24, 2016 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the 5 star rating I did have a problem or two with this relatively slender classic. My problem was this: nearly every time the book's plot diverted from Silas Marner himself (and he is a richly poignant character) I found my interest waning a bit and had to remind myself to be patient and pay attention and that it would soon get back to its central character. I do not fault the author for this whatsoever as she wrote a wonderful and wise book. The characters and community in the little r ...more
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Fortunately, I did not have to read this book in grade school, because I would not have gotten anything out of it at the time. I actually own a copy that once belonged to my high school, but avoided it for years. I think this was because I misread the title as “Silas Mariner,” and assuming it to be a classic about seamen, associated it with Moby Dick. And obviously, I didn’t want to read anything like that. As it turns out, Silas Marner contains neither essays showing off the author's research, ...more
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In 1819, novelist George Eliot (nee Mary Ann Evans), was born at a farmstead in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, where her father was estate manager. Mary Ann, the youngest child and a favorite of her father's, received a good education for a young woman of her day. Influenced by a favorite governess, she became a religious evangelical as an adolescent. Her first published work was a religious poe ...more
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