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message 1: by Luffy (new)

Luffy Lovely review! You were very thorough and the book continues to dip in its average rating. It does not deserve its reputation.


message 2: by Pink (last edited May 13, 2018 07:36AM) (new)

Pink You liked this more than I expected! A great review that explains your feelings.


message 3: by Dawn (& Ron) (new)

Dawn (& Ron) "I took the difficult prose style as a challenge rather than a stumbling block." This and your Internet research show your dedication. But I understand how an element of a story can propel you in a different direction.


message 4: by Chrissie (last edited May 16, 2018 11:12PM) (new)

Chrissie Excuse me for not responding sooner. I received no notification from GR.

The only reason I could give this as many stars as I did was because I took the difficult prose as a challenge rather than a stumbling block. I was determined to figur out what the hell Eliot was pontificating about. I reason that "the author’s preachiness is balanced by the down to earth sense of the views she is propounding." In searching, I discovered interesting information .........and the book does accurately draw the era. These reasons explain why on completion of the novel I actually kind of liked it. The prose, the two dimensional characters and the cuteness were the minuses. I will not be reading more by Eliot.


message 5: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Thanks, Luffy. Quite simply, I gave it three stars because I did like it at the end.....maybe b/c I had figured out what Eliot was trying to say?!

Pink, I was surprised by my liking it too. I think I was pleased by being able to figure out what she was saying. Like a challenge I had succeeded with. I know this sounds weird, but it is what happened.

Dawn, you do seem to understand what happened to me as I read. Nice.


message 6: by Bookish (new)

Bookish My favourite part of your review:

Do you see how one step led to another, how my search to understand why Eliot drew the story as she did became larger and more interesting?


message 7: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie I definitely understand why you like that. You're the same!


message 8: by Bookish (new)

Bookish Yes exactly :)


message 9: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin Fantastic review. I love Eliot's prose style, but understand perfectly well why it is a chore for many. I'm glad you found some enjoyment in Silas, one way or another, though! :)


message 10: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Thanks for understanding, Konstantin.


message 11: by Dawn (& Ron) (new)

Dawn (& Ron) Chrissie wrote: "Excuse me for not responding sooner. I received no notification from GR.

The only reason I could give this as many stars as I did was because I took the difficult prose as a challenge rather than ..."


I could feel that quest to discover Elliot's meaning and the success of that discovery conveyed in your review. I felt the same regarding her prose and characters with Middlemarch.


message 12: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie With The Mill on the Floss I did not have trouble with the language. There it was the unbelievably bad ending that through me. I am no tgoing to try Middlemarch.


message 13: by Dawn (& Ron) (new)

Dawn (& Ron) Yes, I certainly wouldn't recommend Middlemarch to you. I know it is a classic and considered one of her best works but that doesn't mean I must like it.


message 14: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Exactly.


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