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  • CD-ROM: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786159162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786159161
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,606,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a first-rate novel, and its author takes rank at once among the masters of the art. --Times (London)

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Born Mary Ann Evans, Victorian novelist George Eliot (1819-1880) is the author of a number of remarkable works, including the masterpiece Middlemarch.

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Do yourself a favor and read this book.
C. M Mills
The character studies are haunting and the storytelling is engaging even if the theology is distracting or confusing to contemporary readers.
Tera Lynn Hausmann
It's a fabulous introduction to Eliot, as well as one of her best works.
Ben Hodges

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hodges on March 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Eliot's first work here is still surprising in its form, its message, and its outlook. Eschewing the romantic elements of the early-mid 19th century, Eliot embraced (if not practically invented) realism--not necessarily that real life should constitute all texts, but that real people should inhabit them, changing characters, three-dimensional people with which the reader is nearly forced to sympathize. Eliot's narrators are constantly, though never tediously, beckoning our sympathies to these people--drab, regular, nondescript characters which still hold our fervent attention to the end.

I will not speak of the plots here, for you can look elsewhere for that. Suffice it to say that Eliot is the only feminist I will ever read. Her descriptions, always important and vital to the meaning of the story, are utterly incredible. This book is more like poetry in this regard--its imagery, its vibrancy.

If you buy this book, think of some of these questions:

-Why is it called "The Sad Fortunes of Amos Barton" and not "...of Milly Barton"?

-Always keep in mind the muddling of characters and concepts. Are there are any ideal characters in this book, or are nearly all characters both execrable and sympathetic at the same time? If there is an ideal character, why would Eliot do this? (Milly)

-When does Janet make her first appearance in her story? Why?

That's enough. This book isn't read enough. It's a fabulous introduction to Eliot, as well as one of her best works. Her scope here is much more focused than than of her other works, though not to disparage those too much...it's less than 400 pages, whereas Middlemarch is around 1000! Read this, then pick up Middlemarch.

If you want realism, and if you think Henry James isn't very readable, pick up this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. M Mills on October 8, 2007
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George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) was born in Warwickshire in 1819. Her father was an estate manager and farmer. Little Mary Ann knew life in rural England. She would make rural Britain during the time of the industrial revolution her main fictional focus. She is the author of great classics "Middlemarch" "Adam Bede" "The Mill on the Floss" "Romola
and "Daniel Deronda/"
Prior to the publication of these classics there is the charming and touching work "Scenes of a Clerical Life." Mary Ann was living without benefit of clergy with the author/scientist/man of letters George Henry Lewes who couldn't divorce his mad wife to mary the homely but brilliant Mary Ann (she spoke seven languages and had written widely on biblical criticism, science, book reviews and essays of erudition and wit). Lewes suggested she try her hand at fiction. The result is this collection of three stories which was published monthly in the liberal "Westminster Review" owned by the Blackwood Family in 1857. It was later published in book form under the pen name of "George Eliot". Charles Dickens was the only critic who correctly observed that these stories had to have been written by a woman.
The three tales are:
1. The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton-The setting for this story as for the other two is the mythical Midlands town of Milby. Barton is an a very average cleryman who is not well liked by his parishoners. He is in dire poverty supporting several children and a sickly wife Millie. When Mrs. Barton dies we see how the church folks support Barton in his grief. The story is short and touching.
2. Mr. Gilfil's Love Story. This second clergyman in the trilogy of tales is a kindhearted old minister of the gospel. Eliot takes us back to 1788 to the story of his lost love for the beautiful Caterina.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2014
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I realize that great Victorian novels are to some degree an acquired taste. To lovers of the genre, George Eliot stands out as perhaps its finest writer. Scenes of Clerical Life does not disappoint in this regard. The book is actually three books in one, each following a different character in their spiritual growth and worldly trials. Amos Barton, Maynard Gilfil, and Janet Dempster are indelible characters who endure believable tragedies. I found the story of Janet Dempster particularly inspiring. Janet is a battered wife who becomes an alcoholic to dull the pain of her life. Through a long and detailed personal and spiritual struggle, she learns forgiveness and not incidentally overcomes her alcoholism.

I highly recommend Scenes of Clerical Life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Prestwich on December 12, 2013
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These stories became successively better. The first one was not very well developed and described way too many insignificant characters. The second story was much better, and the third was a beautiful tale of redemption.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Li Zhang on November 20, 2008
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Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot. Published by MobileReference (mobi).

If you want realism get this ebook. It's a fabulous introduction to Eliot, as well as one of her best works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Landeen on January 25, 2014
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Middlemarch is my favorite George Eliot book, and I liked this book as well. It is a little different with three stories yet they all tied together. I only wish it was longer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mama Jo on October 3, 2013
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I enjoyed these stories, especially because each can be read in a sitting, which is not the case with Eliot's more famous works.
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