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Middlemarch (1872)

af George Eliot

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17,538330283 (4.2)15 / 1895
Roman om livet i den engelske provins, især for en ung kvinde som ikke helt synes, det er nok bare at se godt ud, ikke at tænke selv og være manden underdanig.
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    Wives and Daughters af Elizabeth Gaskell (christiguc, HollyMS)
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    The Mill on the Floss af George Eliot (Booksloth)
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    North and South af Elizabeth Gaskell (PensiveCat)
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    My Life in Middlemarch af Rebecca Mead (Cecrow)
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    Fruen til Wildfell Hall af Anne Brontë (amanda4242)
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    The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed af Judith Flanders (susanbooks)
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    Fjernt Fra Verdens Vrimmel af Thomas Hardy (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    thesmellofbooks: The Getting of Wisdom is the rare sort of book that provokes deep self-reflection and a nudge in the direction of peace-making with self and life, and in this way brings to mind [[George Eliot]]'s [Middlemarch]. I am gobsmacked. The novel begins as an entertaining tale of a headstrong young Australian girl going to meet the world at boarding school. It gradually evolves into a subtle, simple, and stunningly real observation of the pressures of conformity and the intolerance of naïveté, which, when paired with a strong desire to be accepted, can lead to many and often rending responses in an imaginative young person. Yet it is not a tragedy. I am left moved, affectionate, a little worried about the future, and yet joyful at the intactness of the protagonist's resilient soul. Bravo, Ms Richardson.… (mere)
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 Club Read 2022: Victorian Readalong Q4: Middlemarch by George Eliot35 ulæste / 35kac522, december 2022
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We all have to exert ourselves a little to keep sane. (Mrs Cadwallader to Dorothea p.391)


My particular 1956 edition started falling apart just as I began to read it. By page 40 there were pages everywhere so I switched to an audio book masterfully (if I can use such a gendered word) read by Juliet Stevenson. Here I should quote George Eliot (Anna Evans),

I am not sure that the greatest man of his age, if ever that solitary superlative existed...


This wry moment of confidence between writer and reader characterizes what I love about Eliot's wonderful writing. First, the understated distance between the author and her characters. Second, the precision of her sentences. Third, the gentle and sympathetic humour which leads to gleeful chuckling on my side of the page.

Before I opened Middlemarch I was concerned that I'd be overwhelmed by another 'bonnet novel' of dubious interest, but almost immediately I found that I was in a different space altogether. Something timeless about the insights into character and situation.

This is a wonderful book in which the story is merely incidental to the beautifully articulated and extraordinary perceptions of the author. I chuckled my way through this narrative with a mixture of joy and awe

Unwonted circumstances may make us all rather unlike ourselves: there are circumstances under which the most majestic person is obliged to sneeze, and our emotions are liable to be acted on in the same incongruous manner. (p.459)



"It would have been better if I had called him out and shot him a year ago," said Sir James, not from bloody mindedness. but because he needed something strong to say.
"Really, James, that would have been very disagreeable," said Celia. (p.597)

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  simonpockley | Feb 25, 2024 |
Too. Fricking. Long. ( )
  LDMichaelis | Jan 22, 2024 |
It was a little bit of a challenge to tackle this book. I put it off reading for some time, but I am so glad that I finally picked it up and read it. I would highly advise listening to the audiobook version by naxos with Julius Stevenson as the reader. I have found in my personal reading, when working my way through a 19th century English literature book, that the audio version helps me get into the mindset and language of that time period. Juliet Stevenson is probably one of the finest readers I have come across. She especially does an excellent job with all the different character voices.
As for the book itself. George Elliott really shines with her observations of human nature, psychology, and exploring those avenues through her characters and their relationships. The plot slowly works its way along a path that never really bores you. By the end of the book you will have grown to care so much about the interactions with each character that you will be turning pages, and finding new time in your life to read further. 900 pages is daunting, but by the end of the book you could keep on reading a few more hundred pages. If you like character development, this book is for you. Put it on your TBR, and find the time sometime in the future where you can explore the debts of George Elliott's world in Middlemarch. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
I have more of a taste for fantasy and adventure than for this type of novel of manners and social description, but I was prodded to read this by all of the fawning references in book reviews and literary notes. I was repaid with a long immersion in the country of 1832 England (the possible passage of the first Parliament reform bill is the subject of several episodes in the book), and remained interested to the end in the fates of the characters. Dorothea and her regrettable marriage to the rigid and self-absorbed Casaubon form the armature of the book, around which the other characters are arrayed. Dorothea in the end achieves some happiness despite Casaubon's spite from the grave. As a physician I was very interested by Dr. Lydgate, his medical theories and the practices of his fellows, and the very well described symptoms and psychologies of his patients. I knew how it is to have judgement hooded by beauty, and to suffer the consequences, not of debt, but of loss of reputation. I identified with the head down and diligent Caleb Garth, and I thought Fred Vincy was the luckiest of the characters, with the most witty, steady and engaging fiancé. The older, less impulsive and idealistic characters are either noble, like Mr. Farebrother, or compromised, like Bulstrode. It took me about 3 weeks of reading most days for an hour or more to finish, but I was carried along by the complex prose, difficult vocabulary, and Eliot's wit, insight and cleverness. ( )
  neurodrew | Jan 13, 2024 |
It is a pity that George Eliot was writing so long ago, because this story would have been excellent as a popular trilogy accompanying a multi-season TV series. So much happens in this one novel that it is an exhausting read, but a good one. I am sure I'll be rereading this book. After reading several other long novels recently by Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy, I was glad to start a long novel by a woman, though wary of taking on another weighty-tome. I like Eliot's writing better that that of Dickens, Tolstoy, or Dostoyevsky, it turns out, though this is still a 'weighty-tome'.
On the surface this book is about the marriages of various young people and how they work out, or how they fall short of being excellent marriages. But every so often Eliot throws in commentary about gender roles, or snide/sarcastic observations about the way her characters behave, a tone I found surprisingly modern for such a classic novel. Several of the female characters, Dorothea especially, but others as well, are shown by Eliot to have had the potential for much greater fulfillment in their lives if they could have independently pursued their own intellectual interests, with the education and social acceptance that men in her novel take for granted. And while the women in her book are for various reasons restrained from joining men in an intellectual life, several of the main male characters lack basic understanding of practical and prudent matters like money. With these men making the big decisions for both themselves and the women they attach to themselves, they create more of a burden for themselves and everyone around them.
It would have been nice to see how this epic-length novel might have turned out if Eliot had been writing in today's trilogy-minded market. My biggest complaint with this book is really just its length. There is so much going on in this book that its ~900 pages are at the same time too few and too many. Still, of the tome-sized classics this is one of my favorites so far. Rereading may help me sort out more of the details, but my general opinion of this one will probably still be favorable once this book finds its way back onto my TBR shelf for round 2. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 15, 2023 |
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The plots are too numerous, the characters too multitudinous, and the whole too complicated.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerThe Atlantic Monthly, Arthur George Sedgwick (1, 1873)
 
Middlemarch is at once one of the strongest and one of the weakest of English novels.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerGalaxy, Henry James (26, 1873)
 

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