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Romola Unabridged Edition
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True, the start of Romola is bogged down in detail, but it is introduced by a wonderful, stirring and majestic 'Proem' which sees the Angel of the Dawn sweeping across the Earth and loftily states how humanity is the same now as it was when Romola is set. After this, the notes are best ignored - consult them separately, and concentrate on getting into the book. It is a stirring and sometimes hard read, and moves one with awe at what Eliot has created - you really feel you are experiencing Florence in the 15th century. There is one scene that stands out for me - the haunting and almost surreal episode where Romola drifts by boat to an apparent coastal haven. Images of peace and life are reversed disturbingly.
So ignore Leavis and the dissenters. If you've read another Eliot, you'll like it. If you haven't, maybe start with something else, but come back, for it's a rewarding read
Thus he seems an unlikely match for Hetty Sorrel, the prettiest girl in the village of Hayslope. Vain, selfish, materialistic, hating her laborious farm chores, Hetty bears more than a passing resemblance to Flaubert's Madame Bovary. However, while Madame Bovary's unattainable dream world is inspired by her reading romances, Hetty "had never read a novel" so she can't "find a shape for her expectations" regarding love. Unable to foresee any possible consequences for her actions, she allows herself to be seduced by Arthur Donnithorne, the old squire's grandson, who stands to inherit the land on which most of the Hayslopers live.
Arthur is a radiant example of Eliot's mastery in complicated character creation. Acutely aware of his position in society, he has the kind of charisma with which he can talk to his tenants politely but with just the slightest hint of condescension and completely win their respect for his authority.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Betrayal is around every corner in the city of Florence. George Eliot highlights this treachery through her fictional characters and surrounds them with the real conspirators in... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Debbie3
Though I think that Middlemarch is a far superior book to Adam Bede, I am still giving it 5 stars. After all, Middlemarch deserved 15 stars, so an unfair comparison. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Helen L. Worcester
An excellent book. George Eliot writes beautifully. Her characters are so well formed and individual. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Curious
George Eliot is best known for her novels of English country life, but this book set in Renaissance Florence just might be her magnum opus. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karl Janssen
First a disclaimer... George Eliot is absolutely my favorite author and I have read all of her major works multiple times. I am currently in the process of a reread of Romola. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francis C. Donnelly
Her first novel, can be a bit slow in places, ends with a bang, shows the promise of the greater works that were to come from this master of English literature.Published 5 months ago by C. Walkey
For a scholarly edition of "Adam Bede", one will be hard pressed to do better than this, the Oxford World's Classics edition. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HH
Romola is George Eliot's first book which obviously she thought about for a while before putting pen to paper as it show a depth of thought and a careful planning of events that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Gillespie
This review doesn't include any info. on the plot, just my overall impression: George Eliot is my favorite Victorian author on account of her Middlemarch book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aislynn Faire