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Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
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May 24, 12

bookshelves: college, fiction, jewish, victorian-lit
Read in February, 2012, read count: 2

What is so curious about this book is the opposing narratives between Gwendolyn and Daniel. It is like a book sliced in half between its Gwendolyn's Gothic elements and Daniel's "new" quest. So cut in half is the narrative, that in Israel the book is only published with Daniel's chapters. No one notices? or no one cares? Strange it is also as a work of Victorian literature centering around Jews. Usually the usurperous shopkeeper or the evil begger, Jews are suddenly people who are just trying to get by in London. Previously having written against Jews early in her career, Eliot did a complete 180 by the end of it. She's also seemed to have mastered the elements of Kabbalah and mysticism, giving authenticity to Mordecai's speech and the legacy he passes on to Daniel.

Poor Gwendolyn. The sensitive, well-read man in her life decided to be a proto-Zionist.
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