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Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
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Jul 04, 13

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Read in September, 2008

I reread this book on a recent family trip (Yay! After many years of not being able to read in the car, I can finally do it without being sick.)Another good thing about my ancient age is that I can reread a book and not remember how it ended. This was a wonderful repeat...

On a recent car trip I expounded at length on the characters, themes, and history of Daniel Deronda as well as other interesting details about the author and how I thought that related to this book. I concluded by stating enthusiastically, "There is a lot of meat in this book. I could really analyze it!" Whereupon my husband (and unfortunate fellow traveler)stated drily, "I think you already have!" As Eliot says of her character, Joseph Kalonymos, "Age does not easily distinguish between what it needs to express and what youth needs to know." Needless to say, I found the book absorbing, but I will spare my young friends the details here. (and there are many details that the intelligent and widely educated Eliot does not spare) One tip: I started reading this book online and after suffering through about half of it I finally parted with $9 and bought a paperback copy that I could snuggle with and mark to my heart's content. (It also contained some very helpful footnotes)
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I'm glad you liked it. I ended up writing my thesis on this book, I liked it so much (and found a LOT to analyze in it as well)!


Lotte Jean - I am happy to read such a strong recommendation for this book. Of Eliot's books, I have only read Silas Marner and Middlemarch (which doesn't count because I always remember that as being written by an Austen or a Bronte). I look forward to reading it!


Charity I love this book as well!


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