- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (February 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486799336
- ISBN-13: 978-0486799339
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,259,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Middlemarch (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – February 17, 2016
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From the Back Cover
A passionate young woman's search for a rewarding and meaningful life unfolds in Middlemarch, an English town taking its first steps toward modernization. From tradesmen to gentry, the provincial community's residents form a microcosm of political and social change during the 1830s. The shifting perspectives―including those of idealistic Dorothea Brooke, ambitious Dr. Lydgate, prodigal Fred Vincy, and faithful Mary Garth―provide a timeless array of observations on human nature, drawn with subtlety, depth, and humor.
Virginia Woolf praised Middlemarch as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people," and the story's thematic concerns range from the status of women and the rise of the middle class to morality, religion, and marriage. Rich in narrative irony and suspense, George Eliot's masterpiece will captivate readers of all ages.
About the Author
Born in 1819, Mary Ann Evans adopted a man's pen name to make sure that her books were taken seriously. As George Eliot, she became one of the Victorian era's most prominent novelists. Eliot's stories continue to captivate readers with their readable style and the warmth and humanity of their characters.
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The Victorian prose style and historical references aside, MIDDLEMARCH, at its core, seemed to me a perfectly modern novel. The predominant themes of marriage, gossip and rumor, debt and finances, chance and self determination, prejudice, pride, and conformity run through the novel, as they do our lives today. Reading MIDDLEMARCH, one realizes how little we've changed over the last 146 years.
Dorothea and Casaubon marry for the wrong reasons, trapped in misery. Banker Nicholas Bulstrode's past deeds return with a mysterious man with catastrophic consequences. Calumny ruins physician Lydgate, even as his wife, Rosamond, schemes behind his back to retain her lavish style. Will Ladislaw wants what he cannot have. And so it goes for the inhabitants of MIDDLEMARCH amid the larger events of the time, cholera epidemics, political and religious upheavals, and the rapid English industrialization.
Some might think this an unlikely comparison, but MIDDLEMARCH is much like Joyce's ULYSSES in the manner in which Eliot, like Joyce, gives us a novel of epic proportions, not around kings and heroes, but around those of the provincial life, the ordinary folk, something that is echoed in the final line of the novel, in Eliot's brief Finale:
“... for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” 
Unlike most novels, there is no single protagonist: MIDDLEMARCH itself, the communal web, holds everyone fast, in all their varied interconnectedness.
I won't pretend that it’s a quick read. It's not. But I enjoyed MIDDLEMARCH so much more than I expected I would. Five out of five stars.
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