Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Mill on the Floss” as Want to Read:
The Mill on the Floss
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Mill on the Floss

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  30,230 ratings  ·  1,100 reviews
One of George Eliot's finest achievements, The Mill on the Floss is famed for its unsurpassed depiction of English rural life and for its striking, superbly drawn heroine, Maggie Tulliver. The novel's evocation of childhood in the English countryside-at once unsentimental, yet rich with delight-stands as an enduring triumph, but equally memorable are its portrayal of a nar ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 1860)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Mill on the Floss, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Christopher H.
Upon completion of the The Mill on the Floss, I realized that I had just finished something monumental—a staggeringly amazing literary achievement. This novel, written by ‘George Eliot’ (Mary Anne, or Marian Evans), and first published by Blackwood and Sons in 1860, could have just as easily been titled, “Pride and Prejudice” had not that title been put to use already. Some twenty-four hours after finishing this book, I am coming to the conclusion that Eliot may, in fact, represent the absolute ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like long books about people
Recommended to Becky by: read for Victorian novel class
I suspect between this novel and Middlemarch, George Eliot is becoming my favorite nineteenth-century novelist. I wish she were still alive so that I could write her fan letters.

The Mill on the Floss is funny and moving and philosophical. Eliot does so many different things well; she's witty and detached, and then she writes a love scene that makes your knees go wobbly. Middlemarch struck me the same way - it's incredibly romantic, and then it does things with that romance, crazy thematic plot t
Ah, the classic tale of Maggie Tulliver and the four men she loves. How they destroy her, how she destroys them, and how they all end up irredemptively miserable. Or dead. In most cases, both.

So why read it? Because it's beautiful. Because it opens up your heart and mind in powerful ways. Because you will LOVE and truly feel for Maggie. Or just because you want to read one of those stories that makes you think, "See... my life isn't that bad!"

Maggie is amazingly intelligent, but she can't be edu
But until every good man is brave, we must expect to find many good women timid, too timid even to believe in the correctness of their own best promptings when these would place them in a minority. And the men at St. Ogg’s were not all brave by any means; some of them were even fond of scandal, and to an extent that might have given their conversation an effeminate character if it had not been distinguished by masculine jokes and by an occasional shrug of the shoulders at the mutual hatred
Huda Aweys
I think that, The novel was to monitor a particular historical period .. in terms of the social reality in that period ..,And I loved Maggie very by the way :)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Five thousand stars.

I don't really know what to say. To me, old novels sometimes feel too emotionally remote, usually the fault of the conservative style imposed on them, but this was one of the most emotionally vibrant things I've ever read. Maggie was such a vivid character that every page she's on feels true. And yet, it's such a novel, with themes so richly built. Because of Shannon's numerous discussions of it for many years, I knew most of the ending before starting, but that only made it
While Middlemarch may be grander in scope, a tad more sophisticated in its style and perhaps more global in its outlook (despite the title), Mill on the Floss is a raw, action-packed intellectual and emotional thriller. And I mean thriller not in the creepy sense but in the truly exhilarating one. I refuse to choose between the two because I love them both.

Maggie Tulliver is just about the most exciting fictional character I have ever encountered. Perhaps she taps into a subconscious sexism, wh

It took me a while to get into this novel. This was not a surprise. I remember that it took a long time for my eighteen year old self to fall in love with Middlemarch : a study of provincial life, but fall in love with it I did. And so it was with this book. I knew that it was a well-written novel from the first paragraph. But eventually I went from appreciating Eliot’s skill as a writer to adoring what she had written.

Maggie Tulliver is a simply wonderful heroine. Intelligent, passionate, desp
Mary Ann Evans – or George Eliot – said that without Jane Austen, there would have been no George Eliot. This was in evidence to me in this novel more than in her masterpiece, Middlemarch, possibly because the latter is a much later work (but so far it’s the only one I have to compare with). In truth, I liked The Mill on the Floss as much as Middlemarch.

The story revolves around a pair of siblings, Maggie and Tom Tulliver, with Maggie (who reminded me of Molly Gibson in Mrs. Gaskell’s Wives and
Eliot is superb as always! I would give this 10 stars if I could. This is Eliot's semi autobiographical novel, and tells the story of Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom. The story takes place in the village of St. Ogg, and at the Mill on The Floss that's been in the Tulliver family for generations. Other reviewers have told enough of the story (in some instances too much) that I don't see the need to go into it again. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Eliot depicted the sibling relationship between ...more
Ben Babcock
It has been over two years since I read Middlemarch , a novel that propelled George Eliot to near the top of my list of favourite authors. With a keen wit and a deft pen, Eliot manages to lie bare the substance of rural English life in a way that allows her to comment on issues that matter to all of us. She captures those intimate but often uncomfortable truths about family ties; about love and courtship and marriage; and, as always in nineteenth-century England, about class and status and mone ...more
ETA: Eliot can write. She has a great vocabulary, but so does a dictionary.


I finished 3 minutes ago. I will write the review later..... but this is just to explode!!!! The ending sucks. TERRIBLE ending. I think that is one of the worst endings I have ever come across. The ending is unbelievable and soppy. (view spoiler)
This is the first novel I've read, written by George Eliot and naturally had high expectations of it, and I was certainly not led to be disappointed. It is a poignant tale, encompassing sibling relationship, filial duty and coveted independence of the protagonist against a background of early 19th century England, with its epitomizing focus on social class, rigid morality and clan loyalties. Eliot is the ultimate mistress of characterization, in that she doesn't strive to create 'saints' but cha ...more
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

The Mill on the Floss is one of the most delightful surprises of 2011. I've literally fallen in love with this novel, no wonder of course; as it's an amazingly insightful read, a classic, and a gift from a dear friend. I started the book with somehow low expectations and finished it full of this exquisite feeling one gets after reading something that matches his taste perfectly, and knowing that he has just read a masterpiece.

The novel introduces the siblings Magg
I really felt for Maggie throughout the book. She was such an intelligent child, reading classics at age 9 that I've yet to read. It's such a shame that she wasn't given an education as she was a woman but Tom (who learned next to nothing at his school- what a waste of money!)was.

I also felt sorry for Maggie because her love for her brother was so deep but unreciprocated. Tom was a jerk, for lack of a better word, and he really knew how to manipulate Maggie and make her feel awful. I thought I'd
Warning: Here be spoilers!

Oh, George Eliot, why are you doing this to me? I so want to like you. I want to admire you, marvel at you, and rave about your brilliancy. I want to be your friend, and have interesting dinner conversations with you because I think you are a remarkable woman. So why are you making it so hard for me to admire your works?

It started with "Middlemarch" and now this. "The Mill on the Floss" started off so well. I was into the story and interested in the characters, especial
i've read this book a few times, and have written about it, and still it has more layers of secrets for me every time. it's a book about the struggles of childhood, the struggles of adolescence, the struggles of womanhood---the struggles to define oneself against, as in many victorian novels, the restrictions of cultural mores.

for me, this is a book about the conflicts between internal imagination and external realities. and so as much as it's about victorian realities, i think for everybody, a

(Fuller review to come when I can make more sense of this)
Wow. George Eliot, you are on the fast track to becoming my hero. What a beautiful, harrowing, moving story. The way you told this story confirmed what I came to believe about you after reading Daniel Deronda and Middlemarch: you had to have been the smartest person alive in your era. Your writing just brims with intellect and good sense and also humanity and a generous, forgiving spirit. You understand people, and you understand how to write about them in a way that neither minimizes, mocks or ...more
The Mill and the Floss is grand opera in words. That "sounds" crazy but grand opera is defined by "large-scale casts and orchestras, and (in their original productions) lavish and spectacular design and stage effects, normally with plots based on or around dramatic historic events." The novel begins with an " overture" which sets the time and place in words and the theme of "childhood associations" tying people to earth. The theme is sung throughout , The curtains open to the Delicort Mill and t ...more
Emma Flanagan
When I commenced on a classics challenge this year, George Eliot was one author I was determined to read. I've read at least some of the works by the other major 19th century female writers but had never really explored Eliot. The obvious place to start was The Mill on the Floss. I had read to first two sections in college as part of a course on the representation of childhood in the novel and enjoyed it but had been unable to read the rest as I had a pile of other coursework to read.

The focus
Mill on the Floss feels to me like two different works stitched together. The first is a full-length sort of pastoral novel about a brother and sister growing up on a mill; the second, picking up around ten years later, is a shorter novella about star-crossed lovers. It doesn't feel very well-planned; two of the main characters in the second bit barely show up in the first. Sure, the first novel develops the main characters, and makes you care about them more as things start to get heavy, but it ...more
Such an excellent classic. I had read George Eliot's Daniel Deronda last year and loved her writing style. She writes with intelligence and emotion. The Mill on the Floss tells the story of Maggie Tulliver and her family, father and mother and brother Tom. Her father owns the mill of the title. It has been in his family for generations. Due to various dealings, a lost court case and debts, he loses the mill and ends up working for the lawyer, Wakem, who he had the court case against. Maggie is a ...more
I had mixed reactions to this book. Mid-way through, I wrote this summary:
I have reached tape 6 out of 16 in Eliot's Mill on the Floss, and I must say I don't know why it isn't a famous classic. She does a wonderful job characterizing human nature, and has a subtle sense of humor running throughout, much like Dickens. The Dodson sisters are great. The protaganist is a very bright young girl, (who will probably grow up by the end of the book) living in an age where education was not thought impo
Oh dear what is this book!
this is such a great book by George Eliot, i can never fully state my feelings towards it. it has certainly touched me personally not just by how the characters resound in their own complexity but by the ground breaking twists this book is full of.
it took me two months to read it, and it was sure worth it. told in seven parts, the mill on the floss is not a book for anyone, especially the light-heated or the romantic type. first of all each of these seven parts seems l
I have not long finished the book, and am finding it hard to unfurl my thoughts on it in a coherent manner, except knowing that I completely adored this book. I think for me the complete genius of Eliot is displayhed here even more abundantly than in Middlemarch. The prose left me in parts awestruck with its being at once witty and astute, and in other parts completely heartbroken expecially towards the end.
Something for me that gave the book extra potency is knowing that Eliot herself had to u
Leo Robertson
Some ending!

I’m posting this review here but I would like to classify it as broad topic more than off topic. Think “too general” or “three stars”.

I learn more about storytelling from cinema than reading- some might call that bad (don’t hate tha story hate tha source) or good (compressed act in thirty minutes or less or your piracy back!) I’ll opt out by saying it’s visual learning. If you are a visual learner/ compressor by nature too, or are also more mathematically than people-inclined (and by
I have been debating whether or not to give this four or five stars but the work is just so rich that I feel it deserves five. Maggie Tulliver is a sensitive, intelligent, passionate person who's life was made miserable by the social conventions of her time.
Maggie's relationship with her brother frustrated me to no end. I still loved with work though. Very heartbreaking.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Ireland: Classics Challenge 3: The Mill on the Floss 5 22 Mar 08, 2015 11:23AM  
The Ultimate Teen...: The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot 1 5 Feb 01, 2015 01:38PM  
The Ending. Seriously? 12 98 Jul 19, 2014 03:59PM  
Team Philip or Team Stephen? 18 135 Nov 22, 2013 01:52PM  
Tom and Maggie 3 36 Oct 22, 2013 02:30PM  
Demons and Deserts 1 26 Sep 02, 2013 05:13PM  
  • The Small House at Allington
  • Two on a Tower
  • Ruth
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Tales of Angria
  • Miss Marjoribanks (Chronicles of Carlingford, #5)
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
More about George Eliot...
Middlemarch Silas Marner Adam Bede Daniel Deronda Romola

Share This Book

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” 241 likes
“I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.” 154 likes
More quotes…