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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
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Aug 10, 2011

really liked it

This novel is very interesting and I like it, but I'm not sure it's good. It's complex in terms of point of view: Eliot uses "I' without a clear narrator, and rambles moralistically like Hawthorne at times. But the language is sublime and there are wonderful turns in reader involvement. At times Eliot even jokes with her reader and I think it's those points that are the very best. The fights, between Maggie and Steven, Maggie and Tom, and Tom and Philip are well done in their minuteness of detail, and of their very real fixation on image and society. The end, however, is very fabricated and though intensional and overly dramatic, and flooded with symbolism, was disapointing to me, just because the rest of the story was so true.

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