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Middlemarch by George Eliot
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Jun 12, 09

Read in May, 2009

I have no interest in Victorian England. I know, I know...it's the kind of comment that can get you killed in a graduate-level English program--or at least scoffed at. Not only am I not interested in Victoria-era films, poetry, history or literature, I usually cringe when I think about having to spend any amount of time with a Brontë novel or a BBC adaptation of Alfred Lord Tennyson. It should serve as a testament to Middlemarch, then, that I made it through all 832 pages without being completely miserable--in fact, I found portions to be downright enjoyable.

With a hard-to-keep-organized cast of characters and a catty, roving omniscient narrator, Middlemarch serves to remind us that "people are almost always better than their neighbours think they are," and although it didn't stoke my interest in the Victorian era, it kept me turning the pages.
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