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'If life had no love in it, what else was there for Maggie?'

Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family. As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires
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Paperback, 579 pages
Published February 27th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1860)
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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
Upon completion of the The Mill on the Floss, I realized that I had just finished something monumental—a staggeringly amazing literary achievement. This novel, written by ‘George Eliot’ (Mary Anne, or Marian Evans), and first published by Blackwood and Sons in 1860, could have just as easily been titled, “Pride and Prejudice” had not that title been put to use already. Some twenty-four hours after finishing this book, I am coming to the conclusion that Eliot may, in fact, represent the absolute ...more
Fionnuala
Mar 11, 2018 added it
Shelves: george-eliot
There are characters in literature who are unforgettable.
Different readers will place different characters in the unforgettable category of course, but I'd imagine there are a few characters who would turn up on the lists of a great many readers: Anna Karenina, for example, Heathcliff, perhaps, Don Quixote most definitely.
You've probably already thought of names to add to the list, world famous literary characters I've either forgotten about or never heard of, but no matter the exalted status
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Ahmad Sharabiani
879. The Mill on The Floss, George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood. The first American edition was published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York. The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the more minor River Ripple near the village of St Ogg's in Lincolnshir
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Becky
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like long books about people
Recommended to Becky by: read for Victorian novel class
Shelves: classics
I suspect between this novel and Middlemarch, George Eliot is becoming my favorite nineteenth-century novelist. I wish she were still alive so that I could write her fan letters.

The Mill on the Floss is funny and moving and philosophical. Eliot does so many different things well; she's witty and detached, and then she writes a love scene that makes your knees go wobbly. Middlemarch struck me the same way - it's incredibly romantic, and then it does things with that romance, crazy thematic plot t
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Margitte
Maggie sacrifices love for family loyalty in George Eliot's (a.k.a. Mary Ann Evans) semi-autobiographical novel, The Mill on the Floss, published 1860. The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the more minor River Ripple near the village of St. Ogg's in Lincolnshire, England.

In the introduction to the book, A.S.Byatt(Editor) states:No well-known novel contains so much
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Jan-Maat
George Elliot is both impressively encyclopaedic (from Captain Swing to pedallers)and narrowly individual (education shaping young people to be able to do nothing in particular) in this other tale of provincial life before the Railway Age. One lesson here is that"Nature repairs her ravages" (p490) but people don't. The fatal flaw of bearing a grudge is passed down from father Tulliver to son Tom so underlining that The days of chivalry are not gone, notwithstanding Burke's grand dirge over them: ...more
Meg
Oct 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ah, the classic tale of Maggie Tulliver and the four men she loves. How they destroy her, how she destroys them, and how they all end up irredemptively miserable. Or dead. In most cases, both.

So why read it? Because it's beautiful. Because it opens up your heart and mind in powerful ways. Because you will LOVE and truly feel for Maggie. Or just because you want to read one of those stories that makes you think, "See... my life isn't that bad!"

Maggie is amazingly intelligent, but she can't be edu
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Cindy Newton
I can't imagine an Eliot book that I wouldn't like, and this one is no exception. I don't think I'm quite as enthusiastic about it as I am about Middlemarch, but it is still an absorbing read. It follows the fluctuating fortunes of a family who occupy a mill on the Floss River (I love alliteration!). The main character, Maggie, is a precocious, imaginative child at the beginning and grows into a lovely, fascinating young woman. There are Eliot's usual philosophical observations on human behavior ...more
Teresa
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Funny how the title of a book can put you off reading it, making it sound boring, especially to your younger self, and how that preconception can stick with you through the years. I felt that way about Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop until I finally read some Cather and I felt that way about this title. A mill as a main ‘character’? And what in the world is a floss?

The mill is a driving force, yet Maggie is the main character and it’s easy to see the young girl as the portrait of a y
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Kim

It took me a while to get into this novel. This was not a surprise. I remember that it took a long time for my eighteen year old self to fall in love with Middlemarch : a study of provincial life, but fall in love with it I did. And so it was with this book. I knew that it was a well-written novel from the first paragraph. But eventually I went from appreciating Eliot’s skill as a writer to adoring what she had written.

Maggie Tulliver is a simply wonderful heroine. Intelligent, passionate, desp
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Aubrey
4.5/5
But until every good man is brave, we must expect to find many good women timid, too timid even to believe in the correctness of their own best promptings when these would place them in a minority. And the men at St. Ogg’s were not all brave by any means; some of them were even fond of scandal, and to an extent that might have given their conversation an effeminate character if it had not been distinguished by masculine jokes and by an occasional shrug of the shoulders at the mutual hatred
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Claire
Apr 24, 2007 rated it did not like it
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Brinda
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
While Middlemarch may be grander in scope, a tad more sophisticated in its style and perhaps more global in its outlook (despite the title), Mill on the Floss is a raw, action-packed intellectual and emotional thriller. And I mean thriller not in the creepy sense but in the truly exhilarating one. I refuse to choose between the two because I love them both.

Maggie Tulliver is just about the most exciting fictional character I have ever encountered. Perhaps she taps into a subconscious sexism, wh
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Sara
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Gabrielle Dubois
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Mill on the Floss, was written by George Eliot (1819-1880) who, like our great French author George Sand (1804-1876), had had to take a male name to be published. This book is a fresco of Victorian English society in the countryside in the nineteenth century. Let’s listen to George Eliot:
"... You could not live among such people; you are stifled for want of an outlet toward something beautiful, great, or noble; you are irritated with these dull men and women, as a kind of population out of k
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Helle
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Ann Evans – or George Eliot – said that without Jane Austen, there would have been no George Eliot. This was in evidence to me in this novel more than in her masterpiece, Middlemarch, possibly because the latter is a much later work (but so far it’s the only one I have to compare with). In truth, I liked The Mill on the Floss as much as Middlemarch.

The story revolves around a pair of siblings, Maggie and Tom Tulliver, with Maggie (who reminded me of Molly Gibson in Mrs. Gaskell’s Wives and
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Lizzie
Five thousand stars.

I don't really know what to say. To me, old novels sometimes feel too emotionally remote, usually the fault of the conservative style imposed on them, but this was one of the most emotionally vibrant things I've ever read. Maggie was such a vivid character that every page she's on feels true. And yet, it's such a novel, with themes so richly built. Because of Shannon's numerous discussions of it for many years, I knew most of the ending before starting, but that only made it
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classic reverie
This is my third George Eliot novel and I must confess my favorite thus far, "Adam Bede" held that title but "The Mill on the Floss" grabbed at my heart strings which brought tears to my eyes and won that honor. I am not a big in the tears department so when a book can do this, I deem it special.

One thing I love about classic books is the religion angle and Eliot brings that to the reader in "Middlemarch", "Adam Bede" and "The Mill on the Floss". She does not bring forth sermons but the values
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Huda Aweys
I think that, The novel was to monitor a particular historical period .. in terms of the social reality in that period ..,And I loved Maggie very by the way :)
Erin
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, 1001-books
"The Mill on the Floss" first published in 1860, is divided into three volumes and further divided into seven separate "books". The setting is Dorlcote Mill, owned and operated by Mr.Tulliver who shares his home with his wife, son Tom, and daughter Maggie. In the first volume, readers are entertained by youthful antics of the untameable Maggie, the numerous opinions of surrounding aunts and uncles, and Tom's schooling days where he meets Philip Wakem. When sister Maggie comes to visit her brothe ...more
Katie Lumsden
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Definitely not my favourite Victorian novel. I enjoyed some of the themes and some of the scenes in the second half, but I found the pacing strange and very slow at the start, and the ending frustrated me.
Chrissie
ETA: Eliot can write. She has a great vocabulary, but so does a dictionary.


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I finished 3 minutes ago. I will write the review later..... but this is just to explode!!!! The ending sucks. TERRIBLE ending. I think that is one of the worst endings I have ever come across. The ending is unbelievable and soppy. (view spoiler)
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
The story of the Tulliver siblings, Maggie and Tom, but more so of Maggie. Maggie Tulliver is kind and sensitive, but also deeply passionate and inclined to act impulsively, ending up quite often doing the “wrong” thing (initially, I found some of her actions too extreme but others I could relate to, but as the story moved on, I found myself sympathising with her increasingly)―she is intelligent, out of the ordinary really, and never fits into any mould that society has created. Her father certa ...more
Piyangie
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: brit-lit
Mill on the Floss is said to be a semi biographical novel by George Eliot. The story is said to resemble some of her own struggles and her deep attachment and yearn for approval of her brother.

Among the various themes of the book, sibling love between Tom and Maggie and Maggie's constant struggle to win the wholehearted love and acceptance of her brother were the strongest. Basically the story flows on the above said theme, and Eliot's satire on the society closely accompanying the theme.

The fem
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Misfit
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19c-lit
Eliot is superb as always! I would give this 10 stars if I could. This is Eliot's semi autobiographical novel, and tells the story of Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom. The story takes place in the village of St. Ogg, and at the Mill on The Floss that's been in the Tulliver family for generations. Other reviewers have told enough of the story (in some instances too much) that I don't see the need to go into it again. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Eliot depicted the sibling relationship between ...more
Rowena
I really felt for Maggie throughout the book. She was such an intelligent child, reading classics at age 9 that I've yet to read. It's such a shame that she wasn't given an education as she was a woman but Tom (who learned next to nothing at his school- what a waste of money!)was.

I also felt sorry for Maggie because her love for her brother was so deep but unreciprocated. Tom was a jerk, for lack of a better word, and he really knew how to manipulate Maggie and make her feel awful. I thought I'd
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Laurene
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mill on the Floss was the first novel I have ever read of George Eliot. My world was surrounded by Tom, Maggie, Phillip, Lucy and Stephen. I enjoyed The Mill on the Floss tremendously!

"We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it, - if it were no the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers as we sat lisping to ourselves on the grass - the same hips and haws on the autumn hedgerows - the same redbrea
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Ben Babcock
(Psst, hey, you. Yeah, you, reading this review. I re-read this in January 2018. The below review still stands, but you might want to check out my new thoughts too! OK, that’s it. Back to reading this review.)

It has been over two years since I read Middlemarch , a novel that propelled George Eliot to near the top of my list of favourite authors. With a keen wit and a deft pen, Eliot manages to lie bare the substance of rural English life in a way that allows her to comment on issues that matter
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Nina
Warning: Here be spoilers!

Oh, George Eliot, why are you doing this to me? I so want to like you. I want to admire you, marvel at you, and rave about your brilliancy. I want to be your friend, and have interesting dinner conversations with you because I think you are a remarkable woman. So why are you making it so hard for me to admire your works?

It started with "Middlemarch" and now this. "The Mill on the Floss" started off so well. I was into the story and interested in the characters, especial
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✨    jamieson   ✨
“Those bitter sorrows of childhood!-- when sorrow is all new and strange, when hope has not yet got wings to fly beyond the days and weeks, and the space from summer to summer seems measureless.”


I wasn't sure about the middle of this book but I loved the ending a lot (though not the ACTUAL ending, what was that?!) Anyways, this isn't what I expected it would be and I am not actually sure if I enjoyed it or not?

One thing I did love was MAGGIE TULLIVER. The main character was such a delight. Sh
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