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Impressions of Theophrastus Such

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1879)
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Apr 11, 2016 David rated it liked it
An interesting coda to George Eliot's literary career and one not often read these days. Impressions crosses the boundaries between fiction and fact, as Eliot espouses her views on life through a narrator 'Theophrastus Such', an obscure scholar. It's not essential Eliot by any means and there is little here which is not fully developed in the novels, although there is a passionate attack on anti-Semitism which goes far beyond even Daniel Deronda.

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Dec 09, 2008 Darcy rated it really liked it
George Eliot is one of my favorite Victorian authors. This book gives a series of character studies and I found it so intriguing and educational about the types of people that she presumably encountered in her circles of enlightened thought. I especially liked the character study of a woman who had written one book and the reviews of that book were all she ever seemed to talk about the rest of her life.
Dennis Hedrikson
This book will be read profitably by very few. It is not, as the Introduction would have you believe, that the cultural references are too obscure for the modern reader. It comes with plenty of footnotes, which assume the reader isn't even familiar with the Bible. But chapter after chapter basically describes a different type of bore one would run into at late Victorian cocktail parties; not so interesting, but Eliot is the most boring and conventional of them all. She thinks that anyone who gen ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok
This book was tedious and boring with no plot or storyline. It is a collection of observations that did occasionally have an interesting idea or an amusing character or anecdote, but I would not recommend it.
Feb 07, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some good ideas and a couple of amusing characters and anecdotes in this book, but there's not really a storyline, and it's pretty boring.

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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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