An outstanding book that balanced different themes with extraordinary deftness: 1.) A history of George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans); an introduction to what many people consider the greatest of 19th Century English novels; a weaving of Middlemarch's themes with the author's own life, creating a unique and engaging memoir. Wonderful writing.
introspective life analysis and literary analysis all tied up into one easy to absorb package. I read this in audio - it was long, but worth it. I have not read any George Elliot, and enjoyed the read all the same.
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a beautifully written meditation on the impact a book can make throughout one's life. The author weaves a three part braid of her own story, that of George Eliot, and the fictional Dorothea as she reflects on all three in relation to each other, and as separate entities. I have to own this!
I found this an interesting take on books which one reads again and again and the involvement one feels with the author and the characters.
As a lifelong bookaholic, this book made me start thinking about those books which have impacted the most on my life. The author, for example, has found herself re-reading Middlemarch by George Eliot, over and over again throughout different eras of her lifetime and finding new meaning or impact each time. In my own case, there are several books and authors I've re-read many times - the Brontes, Austen, P.G. Wodehouse (when I need a laugh so badly I can taste it!), Salinger, etc. But if I had to pick one book that I've read so many times it's nearly thread-bare, it would be Colette's "My Mother's House", one of the most beautiful tributes to family and love I've ever come across.
I thought this was a work of fiction, but it is a dry treatise on George Eliot that draws parallels between George Eliot, the heroine of her book, Dorothea Brooke, and the author of this book. I liked Middlemarch moderately, but this book not at all.
Mead uses George Eliot?s book Middlemarch to consider the lives of its characters, particularly Dorothea Brooke?s, in light of her own and that of George Eliot. It?s an interesting proposition to take your favorite book and look at its influence on your life.
Parts of it were wonderful, but the digressions into other of Eliot's work made me feel the author didn't have enough to say about Middlemarch and was stretching her subject. But, it could just be me. [I've not read all Eliot?s books.] Definitely worth reading if you loved Middlemarch.
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