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Brother Jacob

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Among the many fatalities attending the bloom of young desire, that of blindly taking to the confectionery line has not, perhaps, been sufficiently considered.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1864)
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Did I really like this book? On the whole, not really. Another one where its length works as an advantage, Brother Jacob is not, overall, particularly good. Overall, it's a passable - mostly predictable - parable soup made with a generous helping of Nemesis and a dash of retard. I can't even say I recommend the whole thing.

But. But. There's just this one part that's so damn good - just a few pages, nothing major - about how opening a pastry shop single-handedly caused a slow and steady demoraliz
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Tyler Jones
Perhaps it is unfair to judge this as a finished novella. Eliot herself never intended it to be published but had given the manuscript to a friend as a gift. Still, in even sub-par Eliot is pretty damn good and the quality of the writing elevates a rather predictible tale.

I don't know why I can't read Eliot without thinking of Faulkner but the pot of a lazy boy dreaming of glory tricking his feeble minded brother reminded me strongly of Jason and Benjy from the Sound and the Fury. Why does Eliot
Great short classic.
Brother Jacob is a short story by George Eliot, in which she explores the relationship between the selfish, self-centered and ambitious David Faux and his idiot brother, Jacob. - Summary by Lynne Thompson.
Not much of a plot, not much character devlopment, and overtly moralizing. Jacob is an incredibly frustrating character and his brother, arguably the main character rather than Jacob, is hardly a hero.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda

I tried listening to the Gutenberg audio but electronic voice needs to improve a fair bit to make it enjoyable.

Anyway, I'm now reading in snatches online.

Mr. David Faux, in his rash youth, sets upon an apprenticeship as a confectioner but within a very short space of time he loses his sweet tooth and decides to emigrate. In the act of relieving his mother of her savings his mentally-challenged brother Jacob comes in with a pitchfork...
Having a little public-domain e-book downloading spree.

I'd still prefer to own a copy of this one on paper, though.
"A bog-standard morality tale about reaping what you sow ... nothing particularly memorable or deep."
A fun, clever, short story.
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