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Preview — Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Daniel Deronda, the last of Eliot's novels, is the most complete expression of her idealism. Its main concerns are those of personal morality, of dedication to tradition and roots, and of spiritual identification and sympathyall set in an era of considerable national and international awareness. The text is that of the Clarendon Edition....more
I had forgotten what a hard work reading Daniel Deronda was. It has to be Eliot’s most challenging and overwhelming novel, yet such a great pleasure to read and re-read! It's enormously ambitious novel, broad in its scope, space, time and history. The setting itself is untypical of Eliot’s previous novels. It’s no longer the idyllic, provincial villages of Adam Bede or Middlemarch, but Daniel Deronda is set at the heart of cosmopolitan aristocracy of contem ...more
4 1/2 stars.
My criticism of the novel was that Eliot spent a lot of time developing Gwend ...more
What an exhilarating and delicious experience. The novel wasn't new to me, but it's been over 20 years since I last read it. How wonderful to be reintroduced to the complexities of Gwendolyn Harleth, the delicately tuned sadism of Henleigh Grandcourt, the benevolent conventionality of Sir Hugo Mallinger, the yearnings of Daniel Deronda. George Eliot allows everyone his or her humanity--even Grandcourt. I revere her for creating some of he most nua ...more
The first chapter failed to engage me and I nearly aborted the read because of it, but that chapter would later fit like a puzzle piece into the big scheme of things. I am so glad I kept reading, because this is the work ...more
Hooked. HOOKED, I TELL YOU!
One is not expecting a story by an English lady authoress to suddenly delve into the plight of the Jewish people in Victorian England. One is not expecting mistresses and illegitimate ch ...more
This is the story of Daniel Deronda and his search for his true identify.
In this book Eliot show her best of style of writing: in the first two chapters, in a flashback point of view, Deronda met Gwendolyn at a Casino but she is forced to go home due to financial duties with her family. Apparently, a romantic relationship is established between these characters.
However, as the plot develops, one learns the true story of Daniel Deronda and his s ...more
There are parts that I should have reread, but this is hard to do when reading an eBook, so I missed some things.
Daniel Deronda was the least interesting of the cast of characters.
I had hoped to enjoy this as well as I did Middlemarch. I did not.
I liked it quite a bit more after my second reading.
Ronda! ... :
... a great place in Spain. It was loved by Ernest Hemingway (those fabulous cliffs are thought to have inspired the ending of For Whom the Bell Tolls) and it's the place from which Eliot's hero derives his surname ("Daniel of Ronda"). It really is a beautiful place. Everyone should go.
Sadly, Eliot does't take her Daniel to Ronda. Such a shame! But that disappointment aside, she's given us a fine book with some lovely surprises. I love it when someone at work asks "How's your book g ...more
I'm not sure what Eliot was trying to accomplish with Daniel Deronda. While I understand her desire to defy the stereotype of Jewish culture in Victorian Britain, I think she was trying too hard. In fact, I think the Jewish theme of this book was Eliot's only real focus, and she created cardboard characters under the guise ...more
What made it most incredible to me was the thematic currents that kept coming in doubles. I started keeping a list too late to remember everything I felt was there, but so many things i ...more
Gwendolyn is not a very sympathetic heroine. Her marriage to Grandcourt seems a harsh punishment for her abrupt and snobbish rejection of Rex. On the other hand, her obsession with Deronda seems an extreme repayment for his mild ...more
It's been quite a journey to get through Eliot's Daniel Deronda. Not only is it long, but Eliot's writing can be a bit challenging. She's full of allusions to art, opera, and poetry and quite often she dwells in vague, third-person asides that are supposed to enhance the "feeling" of the situation, but usually end in making it more complex. These add to the richness of the novel, but also make it a slower read.
What strikes the reader most in this novel are the characters, particu ...more