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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be intimidated--it is truly transcendent, March 1, 2010
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This review is from: Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I must admit that I was intimidated for years by this novel. It sat on my shelf for ages, neglected in favor of "easier" books to read. Once I started it though, I couldn't put it down.

I generally read really quickly, but you really should take your time with every word of this novel. Otherwise you miss sentences like the following:

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence." !!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING.

Not to mention a lushly romantic plot that really tears you apart. I couldn't believe how breathless I was during the interactions of two of the main characters. Deeper messages aside, this was an emotional experience. I read Middlemarch like I read novels that will not be in print more than 10 years. So don't be intimidated by the density of the prose like I was!
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2012 7:08:32 PM PDT
J. Kerr says:
OK, based on your review, I am giving this book a third attempt. I am 25% through this book and thus far, I find a weak story line and an author that is totally full of
himself and his supposed wisdom of ALL things! Sometimes i want to yell "Enough already!" And those 50-plus word sentences make you forget what got him started
on it to begin with. As for looking up several words, references and usages per sentence, it would take me months to read. I could be reading something fun, educational
or inspiring. Why am I laboriously continuing? I am hopeful that there is something, anything, that will make me glad I did. Twice before I quit. Is the third time coming?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2013 4:08:48 PM PST
George Eliott was a woman.
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