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Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
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Nov 21, 07

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Recommended to Laura by: professor
Read in February, 2008

So far, I've only read "Janet's Repentance." It is, of course, quintessential George Eliot. Part "telling," part "showing," she paints a detailed portrait of country life which is at once funny, sad, and insightful. Her protagonists are not without faults and the antagonists are not entirely demonized, and her recognition of individual and institutional hypocrisy counterbalances otherwise trite aphorisms on human nature.

A side not on the edition: I would not buy a Wordsworth Classic again due to the disappointing absence of footnotes. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to reconsidering Janet's Repentance after reading Lisa Surridge's chapter on it in Bleak Houses.

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