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Adam Bede (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – June 16, 2008
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Thus he seems an unlikely match for Hetty Sorrel, the prettiest girl in the village of Hayslope. Vain, selfish, materialistic, hating her laborious farm chores, Hetty bears more than a passing resemblance to Flaubert's Madame Bovary. However, while Madame Bovary's unattainable dream world is inspired by her reading romances, Hetty "had never read a novel" so she can't "find a shape for her expectations" regarding love. Unable to foresee any possible consequences for her actions, she allows herself to be seduced by Arthur Donnithorne, the old squire's grandson, who stands to inherit the land on which most of the Hayslopers live.
Arthur is a radiant example of Eliot's mastery in complicated character creation. Acutely aware of his position in society, he has the kind of charisma with which he can talk to his tenants politely but with just the slightest hint of condescension and completely win their respect for his authority.Read more ›
Adam is an upright, genuine character, and not as perfect as he seems. If his love for Hetty seems unfounded at times, it only serves to highlight how dangerous delusions can be. All the "sinners" are ultimately redeemed by truth - true love, true friends, true promises, and true acceptance. Religion plays a significant part in the novel, but don't let that deter you. It's so much more than that - Adam Bede is truly one of the few works that encompass a world of humanity between two covers.
AB reminded me of Tess of the D'Ubervilles a bit, but there is no villain here, just flawed, honest people in search of unattainable dreams. In the process of trying to get a bit of happiness, they stumble and bleed, but ultimately find something truly worth having. Bittersweetness is Eliot's trademark for good reason.
George Eliot's first full novel is obviously a bit less polished than her later works, but you see the wonderful command she has over language and expression. The book, the people, the story all come alive with her touch. A rare read that has something to say and says it beautifully.
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Her first novel, can be a bit slow in places, ends with a bang, shows the promise of the greater works that were to come from this master of English literature.Published 2 months ago by C. Walkey
For a scholarly edition of "Adam Bede", one will be hard pressed to do better than this, the Oxford World's Classics edition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HH
This review doesn't include any info. on the plot, just my overall impression: George Eliot is my favorite Victorian author on account of her Middlemarch book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aislynn Faire
Adam is a stellar character and has the well being of his community always foremost on his mind. He has the respect of all, but forgiveness comes hard to him because he has set... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sandra Vandervest
A very dry book, I couldn't get through it. The book was in excellent condition and arrived on time.Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Z
I totally relate to Adam Bede because he is also a working class citizen.Published 6 months ago by Maria Cristina Mahilum