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Silas Marner [Kindle Edition]

George Eliot
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Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This 19th-century classic, read by Andrew Sachs, is a tale of betrayal, gold, and love, encased in the elegant symmetrical structure so popular in traditional English fiction, featuring Marner, the weaver, who is framed for theft by his best friend and becomes a recluse, focusing his strong affections only on the store of golden coins he receives in payment for his work. As usual, Chivers has produced an excellent audio presentation of a literary masterpiece. Alas, in this day and age fewer and fewer readers not enrolled in literature classes actually read the works of what are frequently referred to as "dead white males" even if, as in this case, they were actually written by a woman. For this reason, this title is recommended for all academic but only larger public libraries.
-I. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ., Ames
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


''I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author's works. It is more nearly a masterpiece; it has more of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect . . . which marks a classical work.'' --Henry James

''A tale of betrayal, gold, and love, encased in the elegant symmetrical structure so popular in traditional English fiction.'' --School Library Journal

''Proof that a life going badly wrong can, by good fortune and an answering faith and determination, be put triumphantly right.'' --Independent (London)

''This novel about redemption and renewal is an excellent example of Victorian literature as well as a perfect illustration of Eliot's elegant and incisive prose.'' --Michelle Bailat-Jones, writer and translator

''A complex, sympathetic portrait of a good man who was forced by his tightly circumscribed society into being a loner, an embittered outsider.'' --New York Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161949275X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z2P8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,301 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Uplifting read May 1, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is my first George Eliot book, so I wasn't sure what to expect as far as writing style or type of story. There isn't much of a specific point to the story, it's really just about the lives of people in the book, and how circumstances affect them.

At first Eliot was showing different people that didn't have much to do with each other, and I was wondering just where this was going. But things became a bit clearer as the book went on, and just when it got to where everything seemed to connect, the story jumps ahead quite a bit of time.

The first part introduces the characters, goes into detail on who they are and what their lives are like, then brings on a few events that affect their lives. The second part of the story shows how their lives have become, after being affected by the events in the first part. The story is less about events and more about lives, and how people interact with each other. As such, it was a refreshing read. I'm glad I took the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Charmer September 19, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching story, a little slow. March 18, 2014
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story is very touching and you learn a lot about England's more rural areas in that time period. The first half of the book is rather slow reading, however, and doesn't seem to pick up until the last half. The English dialect as spoken by the villagers is also a little bit hard to follow until you get the hang of it, but adds a lot to the overall feel. I would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT an easy read.... August 26, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat March 20, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, there's a reason they're classics.... February 28, 2014
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story. It was a re-read as I read ...
Lovely story. It was a re-read as I read in high school. Old language a barrier to a five star.
Published 1 day ago by th
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is judt wonderful. So much qoutes and so much difficulty in...
This book is judt wonderful. So much qoutes and so much difficulty in the words that describes almost every thing. I can literally see the plot through the words. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Timless story, beautiful book and performed well.
I never read this in high school so it was a real treat for me to listen to it at age 65. I am finding a newfound love of classics now that I have my Kindle audio-reader. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Cheryl C
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic. There is much to learn from reading this novel. Fast delivery.
Published 1 month ago by Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I hadn't read this since middle school, and I remember not really enjoying it much, at the time. I've been re-reading lots of classics, and decided to give this another try. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mzfitzMA
4.0 out of 5 stars A True classic
This is a true classic. Its tale of false accusations, assumptions and redemption hold true in many ways today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David C. Gifford
3.0 out of 5 stars Great classic story
A little more wordy than I remembered, but still a great story. I guess it is guess a product of its time, not a modern read.
Published 1 month ago by Sonia Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
This book is a must must must read.
Simply a brilliant story.
Cover to cover captivating.
Best book ever.
Published 2 months ago by Pete Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to make Mr
Happy to make Mr. Marner's acquaintance. A story full of many of the twists and turns that mark literature from this period. Read more
Published 2 months ago by corvus corax
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Wonderful story.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Coleman
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