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Middlemarch by George Eliot
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it was amazing
Recommended for: everyone alive.

Best. Goddamned. Book. Ever.

Seriously, this shit's bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. 750 pages in, and you're still being surprised. It's 800 pages long and EVERY SINGLE PAGE ADVANCES THE PLOT. You cannot believe it until you read it.

This is a writer's book. By which I mean, and I say this with love, that if you write, but you do not love Middlemarch with everything that's in you, then stop writing. Yesterday.
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July 18, 2007 – Shelved
Started Reading
August 1, 2007 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Laurelei (new) - added it

Laurelei Just about to start it, and your funny review makes me want to read it even more :D


Moira Russell YES.

Chantel McCray Just finished it. My thoughts exactly.

Vicki Winslow This is my favorite review of all time.

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jeninmtl What Vicki said.

Gregsamsa Here here!

Andrew My favorite book.

Carriefeibel I'm not sure why Good Reads showed me this review now, years after you posted it, but I had just bought the book. And now I'm reading it. And it's so witty and incisive, I'm blown away.

Rachel This review is amazeballs. Totally agreed.

Kressel Housman I see you're a fellow New Yorker. Do you listen to Leonard Lopate on WNYC? Because this month's group read is My Life in Middlemarch, which is a fan memoir. The author will be interviewed on the show on March 28, I believe.

message 12: by L.d.berry (new) - added it

L.d.berry One of my favorite books. When I finished it I felt smarter and more alive. It is on the re-read shelf certainly.

message 13: by Micebyliz (new) - added it

Micebyliz I read My Life in Middlemarch and then read Middlemarch. I suppose that's the wrong order, but I did enjoy both of them. Middlemarch is not that easy to read, it takes quiet and time to get through the long passages and plot threads. In that way it is much like Edith Wharton.

Yenga So true!!

Yenga So true!!

Anne-Marie I couldn't agree more!!!

Athousandreads Word.

message 18: by Sovady (new) - added it

Sovady "Middlemarch is not that easy to read, it takes quiet and time to get through the long passages and plot threads. In that way it is much like Edith Wharton."

Quiet time? Quiet and time, you say? Middlemarch is now on my list, but with two little ones, this may be on the "to-read" list for a while. I love Edith Wharton, so I am hoping this is up my alley. The last Edith Wharton book I finished was 6 months before my daughter was born. :/

message 19: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle Maxwell Literally just bought this book based on your review. Haha!

message 20: by Margo (new)

Margo Strawser thaxton Well, now I gotta read this book! I love this review!😂

message 21: by Kenneth (new) - added it

Kenneth Just skimmed "small talk" from this weekend's FT and between the glowing rave and your LMAO review, I'm all in.

Michael E. Hodges Took me a month to read because I savored every page

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Tjp Admirable is the name of God!

message 24: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy One of my top favorites!

message 25: by Scott (new) - rated it 1 star

Scott Idk about telling people to stop writing because they don't agree with you.

message 26: by शैली (new) - added it

शैली Dunno why but i am just not able to concentrate on the characters. I am irritated with myself actually. Leaving it will be like...admitting defeat. And nit ready for that.😛

message 27: by Frank (new)

Frank Foolishness. It's a fantastic book but hardly the 'be-all-end-all' of the English language and is not the universal apogee of writing for everyone.

message 28: by Sarah (new) - added it

Sarah It’s very good- I can tell I’m going to give it a 5 and I’m only 200 pages in. I just don’t hand those out very much. It has to be pretty tremendous- or maybe I just end up reading way too many mediocre books. My daughter can’t stand it. I read Mill on The Floss at her age and was like -meh. But fast forward 30 years to this one (and of course I realize I bring a lifetime of experience that is making all the difference) and it’s definitely like swimming in the ocean as opposed to the pool.

message 29: by Robert (last edited Feb 14, 2019 02:34AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Robert Siobhan,

I disagree with your comment. I know it's old, but it's writers like you that I can't stand sometimes. I'm a writer and I could barely make it through this book. This was surely a test of endurance and my patience. The writing community is suppose to build each other up, not tear each other down. I'm more into fantasy and crime novels and this ain't my cup of tea. Good day to you, though.

message 30: by tenzin (new) - added it

tenzin classics are always amazing. I am yet to read this.

message 31: by Maria (new)

Maria Martin Any way you could have written this without all the profanity?

David Smith Omg the uptight people on these replies. Lol. Shut up her review is funny.

Scott Definitely a cut above other books

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