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Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of nineteenth-century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing.The novel is set in the small town of Middlemarch and follows the interrelated lives of several characters. At the heart of the book is Dorothea, a kind-hearted and hon ...more
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Published April 1st 2006 by Tantor Media Inc
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I never would have believed after the innocuous, slightly dull beginning, this book would build into such a dramatic soap opera of 19th century human folly. George Eliot adds layer upon layer to the plot and characters until I went from not sure I'd even finish, to definitely hooked! Really good read!
I read a rumour that Eliot was paid by the word for this book, and that would make an awful lot of sense. This book had a lot of great insights and told a story that I was interested in, I cared about the characters, I liked the minor characters and the colour that they added. However, it was just way too long, and the payoff wasn't nearly big enough. I'm happy that I read it, I do want to have read the classics and know the story and the point that the author is trying to make, but I did feel t ...more
Do I think this is the greatest book in the English language? No, I am not sure what I would name, but this is just a very well written and engaging slice of life novel. I wasn't blown away or anything. I think it may have earned that title for being so totally uncontroversially good. Anyway, I enjoyed it and am glad I read it.
Apr 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Sally
Okay, it's not exactly an "I hated it" thing - I'm just having a hard time following it on audio when I can't listen to it continuously. Classic lit takes more pondering than my brain seems to want to do early in the morning while trying to commute on the 101 :) Gonna try the actual book version this summer!
May 15, 2008 Teri rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Teri by: A passenger on the plane
What fun this was! I loved the narrator Kate Reading.She did such a great job with male and female voices. This is an unabridged version, and is 31 hours and 52 min long. As far as the story goes, all I have to say is Yeah!!Dorothea, and BOOOOOOO! Rosamunde.
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 ...moreMore about George Eliot...