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A great edition of a classic,
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This review is from: Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This review is for the Oxford World's Classics edition of Middlemarch. When choosing to read a classic novel, it can be very difficult to decide which edition is the best one to read. If you're considering tackling Middlemarch, I'd recommend this edition for several reasons. First, the novel is packaged with a helpful introduction and a chronology of George Eliot's life. There are also endnotes to the text, but, unlike some editions, there aren't too many endnotes--usually about 1 for every couple pages. This will keep you from flipping back to the endnotes every paragraph, which can be very disruptive to a good reading experience. Second, the paperback is well-constructed and can stand up to some rough treatment. This is important for such a long novel that is likely to be part of your life for several weeks at least. This paperback can take a beating without falling apart. Finally, the volume is fairly compact without sacrificing paper quality. The pages are thin in order to keep the size manageable, but they can stand up to underlining and highlighting. All in all, this is a good choice of an edition if you've decided to tackle this masterpiece.