- File Size: 1358 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0084AMITE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,984 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Was I surprised. Not only was the book a quick-read, it was fun, exciting and thoroughly different from many other Victorian love stories I have read. Maggie, our heroine, was as plucky, smart and beautiful as one would expect. However, be that as it may, Elliot surrounds her with multi-leveled characters. Even those who are merely extras meant to move the plot or explain society's attitudes have depth. While they are meant as background, still they think and act surprisingly. One could describe them as 3D wallpaper.
I was unable to predict the paths the plot would take. While I love Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, in their books a reader knows who will come to a bad end, who will take the high road, and which characters will end up as a couple at the end of the book. Not so in this novel. Moreover, Elliot's ideas are shockingly modern. Perhaps I should not have used that adjective because not only were the author's books considered shocking in her day, Elliot, herself, shocked the society in which she lived. In addition to the fact that she took a man's name so that her books would sell, she lived for years with a married man.Read more ›
This book, although written so long ago has the ability to keep us 'on our toes' and, at times, reflects prejudices that still hold true today. The sadness,tragedy and humour all combine to make a great read and I would highly recommend this book.
It seems the author, George Eliot, was processing memories of her childhood and her own troubled relationship with her own brother Isaac. Some of the experiences which Maggie and Tom experienced in this book Eliot actually experienced as a child. It is known as the most autobiographical of her books. Her brother later disowned her when she lived with a married man who couldn't divorce his wife. Her brother only contacted her eight months before her death. This was after the first man that she loved and lived with had died. And it was after she had married a different man. Her love was now 'legitimate' and sanctioned by society.
In this story, Maggie grows up denying her heart. She can't marry the man she loves. It seems that Eliot, who didn't deny her heart, and lived with the man she loved, was showing Victorian society what happens when a young woman lives according to society's conventions. (Interestingly George Eliot was born the same year as Queen Victoria in 1819.) As one character said, denying your heart is like a self-suicide. I think Eliot was trying to show when we deny what's right for us, for others' sake, we commit a kind of suicide.Read more ›
The way to get through this book, for me, was with the Audible edition, which is admirably produced. Hearing the words and lingering over the sentences rather than skimming the seemingly-dull passages gives you a feel for Eliot's writing and makes you slow down and take time to feel the humor, the sadness, the frustration and the love she puts into this novel. It's still not my favorite, but I have come to admire it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book when I first read it, but re-reading years later I liked it less. George Elliot's observations about childhood relationships changing as they morph into adult... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Janie
On the surface the action is slow moving and there is a great deal of moralizing, but it is still compelling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sidney Weber
I have started reading George Eliot's novels and am not disappointed; she's a truly great author, but her books are very lengthy with much description, so possibly that fact would... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jocelyn L. Ober
I loved Middlemarch and looked for other works by Eliott. This was a brilliant story of forgiveness and redemption. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Kramer
At first, the characters seem unlikeable. Tom and Maggie are little brats. However, they mature as they go through trials and triumphs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BioGirl0501
I liked the book because it gives a picture of rural English life in the mid-nineteenth Century. The early scenes of the children's lives went on too long and seemed to be without... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Taylor
Vivid descriptions, strong well-developed characters, discerning insights, and a surprise ending make this beautifully written book a delight.Published 3 months ago by Sharon K
This is a story of a brother and sister, Tom and Maggie Tulliver, and their lives, which revolve around the water mill on the Floss river. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Classics Lover
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