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Length: 201 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161949275X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z2P8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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So, I've been on a classics kick lately. Unfortunately, all of the classics which have been recommended have been depressing and hard to make it through to the end. When I mentioned this to my mother, she mentioned Silas Marner as a book which she especially enjoyed many years ago. It is a bit slow moving in the beginning of the story, and, of course, with the change in language, you actually have to use a bit more of your brain to understand it. But, it is well worth the effort. This was one of the sweetest stories which I have ever read. The author was able to bring about such a wonderful uplifting ending that I know I will re-read this book again. It is nice to know that just because it is a classic, it doesn't mean tragedy. Now off to ask my mother for another recommendation. :o)
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George ELiot 's masterpiece was required reading in my eighth grade class. I dreaded trudging through it and had not a clue as to the wonderment of the dialogue , the richness of the characters or the subtleties of the story line. What a waste on thirteen year olds.

I am so glad to have persevered and given it another shot at age 70. What a treasure!
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I have read this book several times over the years and will likely read it several more. If you are looking for a fast-paced action thriller, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book with excellent character development and a well-thought-out plot, then you will want to read this one. George Eliot has captured the flavour of the time and the location of the story - both the rural and town environments. As well, her portrayal of the "have" and "have not" layers of their society is excellent.
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Never read this and was surprised at how charmed I was. Others wrote that is more of a fable and I would not dispute that. I had a close relationship with my grandfather as a child and it brought back fond memories of those days. Loved how his community allowed him to keep her and especially how his neighbor helped him but did not intrude. Also, how a wounded man changed, reminded me a bit of "Heidi". A nice story of how religious people sometimes miss the boat on what Christianity is really about.
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In the nineteenth century, men didn't typically adopt children by themselves. Even today, it's a relative rarity -- when a single person adopts a baby, it's usually a woman.

But the exception proves the rule in "Silas Marner," George Eliot's novel about a hermit-like weaver whose life is changed forever when a child wanders into his house. While Eliot explores the pliancy of gender roles and qualities, at heart this is just a heartwarming story about love and family. The ending is rather predictable and a little sappy, but it's a pleasant glimpse of English village life in the 1800s.

Weaver Silas Marner moves to the town of Raveloe, and takes up residence far from other people. Nobody knows why, except for the readers -- he was betrayed by his best friend, dumped by his girlfriend, framed for a robbery and expelled from his church. He also suffers from cataleptic seizures, as if life for him didn't suck enough. Now he wants just to be alone in his remote house, and hoard the gold that he earns over fifteen years of weaving cloth.

Then one night, the squire's dissolute younger son Dunsey Cass steals his gold and vanishes from the town, leaving Silas without the one thing he has come to love. Meanwhile, Dinsey's older brother Godfrey is freaking out because of an ill-advised marriage to a poor drug addict, which would probably get him disinherited if his strict father knew.

But then the wife is found frozen to death in a blizzard, and her toddler child -- Godfrey's daughter -- wanders into Silas' house. And to the surprise of all Raveloe, Silas declares that since "it's a lone thing—and I'm a lone thing," and that he's going to care for the child from now on.
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It had been many years since I had read Silas Marner and the reread was a real treat. The description of the men talking in the bar is very true to life. The author George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) provides a novel that speaks to today's human condition. His rebirth as member of society with the arrival of the child is wonderful and the relationship they develop is beautiful. The author has wonderful insight.
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One of the many books I've put off reading, all my life--along with too many others--and was pleasantly surprised. I love the way the "classical" writers had such an impressive command of the English language; something that's all but nonexistent now. Great story, great characters. If you really appreciate books and let it get by you like I did, read it with all due haste.
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Okey, dokey, your teacher assigned this book and you are trying to figure out how to get out of it. Better choice, read the Sparknote or Cliffnote or somebody note summary of each chapter and then read the REAL chapter, it will go better through the parts you're having trouble de-coding. This is the book with no terrible typos and its free, hard to beat that.... Oh, and once you're into it its a great book.
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