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Life in Middlemarch is a study in provincial life, indeed. Young Dorothea Brooke has high hopes in life, but soon settles in marriage. As it turns out, her much older hus
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it was amazing
I’m thoroughly embarrassed to admit that this book was first recommended to me by my stalker. Subsequently, I avoided MIDDLEMARCH like the plague, because it became associated with this creepy guy who thought the fastest way to my heart was to stare at me, follow me home, and leave obscene messages on my voice mail.
Flash forward 2 years, when I’m purusing yet another of my favorite tomes, THE BOOK OF LISTS. I’m intrigued to see that the one book that consistently turns up on the “Ten Favorite N
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.
Oh, the slow burn of genius.
I always tread lightly when it comes to using the word “genius” but there is no way around it here.
It took me a good 200 pages to fully get into the novel and its ornate 19th-century turn of phrase but very quickly, I was so completely spellbound by its intelligence and wisdom that I couldn’t put it down.
George Eliot’s astonishing authorial voice is something to behold. It takes the (mis)adventures of a handful of characters and peels their layers one by one with so m