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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
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Aug 17, 2007

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bookshelves: c19, feminism, womenwriters
Read in August, 2007

I'm tempted to say really foul-mouthed things about Tom Tulliver here, but I'll restrain myself. (And about Stephen Guest! And... just about every man in this book, other than perhaps Philip. Also, three-quarters of the women.)

Good, occasionally extremely powerful, but not half as amazing as Middlemarch or Daniel Deronda. Maggie is heartbreaking, and her story feels more like a c18 heroine's than any other Eliot I've read -- entrapment and misery and misunderstandings, everywhere. Eliot hasn't got the narratorial voice down yet, either, so there isn't as much leavening compassion, despite all the "Poor Maggie"s.

Still glad I read it, though.
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Emma I really struggled with Tom too, and I want to blame Tulliver snr for instilling his sense of masculine superiority over Maggie, but surely it's the tragedy of the times for women that causes all of the problems. And Tulliver snr's ridiculous prejudices. Maddening!

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