Middlemarch Ebook ✓ 904 pages

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Ers are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature Dorothea Brooke the heroine idealistic but naive; Rosamond Vincy beautiful and egoistic Edward Casaubon the dry as dust scholar Tertius Lydgate the br Some discouragement some faintness of heart at the new real future which replaces the imaginary is not unusual and we do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of freuency has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind; and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life it would be like hearing the grass grow and the suirrel’s heart beat and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence As it is the uickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidityWhen Alexandra suggested to participate in this year’s alphabetical challenge of reading women I admit the prospect of finally reading Middlemarch for the ‘E’ was the decisive element for me to embark on the journey –and I had been keeping the novel aside as a precious reward to be touched if and only if I would manage to finish a demanding work project in time When that blissful moment came I couldn’t have dreamt of a exuisite treat than reading this masterpiece of which I enjoyed every minute Although Virginia Woolf called it ‘one of the few English novels written for grown up people’ reading this novel made me feel sixteen again catapulting me back into memories of spending hours of reading delight during school holidays in the small kitchen above the grocery store where my mother worked only having to interrupt reading to wash the dishes then plunging again into some fat Russian 19th century novel greedily gobbling up the sentences floating on cloud nine Isn’t it odd how memory singles out and connects to some of our experiences as the most delightful ones of our lives of which we were barely aware when we were living them? Needless to say books which are that overwhelming are rare and this novel is such one one that swallowed me whole only desiring to be in the book curling up with the characters – I revelled in Eliot’s prowess in bringing to life her wondrous characters and particularly in the strength of her women most of the men in the novel seem no match for the women at certain moments some sound like a tenor in an opera who’s faint voice renders his nonetheless beautiful lines and alleged heroism at times perhaps somewhat implausible but all the human As so much has been written on this magnum opus I so far have only skimmed through a few of the magnificent hymns readers here have written to this so well loved book and hope to read them thoroughly now having finished the novel and the issues worth analysing seem boundless – I feel it could easily feed my reading group’s discussions for a year reading the novel a first time I soon sensed it out of my league to consider writing anything about it and so surrendered to reading instinctively plunging in naked and unarmed floating smoothly on Eliot’s fabulous sentences the gentle waves of her wisdom If I would focus on one theme for further exploring in a second read it would be marriage as seen by Eliot to find out if and in which way her views concurred with or differed from the conventional ones in her time and what her views on relationships tell us today Young love making—that gossamer web Subtle interlacings are swung— are scarcely perceptible momentary touches of fingertips meetings of rays from blue and dark orbs unfinished phrases lightest changes of cheek and lip faintest tremors The web itself is made of spontaneous beliefs and indefinable joys yearnings of one life towards another visions of completeness indefinite trust And Lydgate fell to spinning that web from his inward self with wonderful rapidity As for Rosamond she was in the water lily’s expanding wonderment at its own fuller life and she too was spinning industriously at the mutual webOne of the themes which propulses the finely spun narratives and intrigues Middlemarch has been compared to an intricate emotional spider web the omniscient authorial voice repeatedly using the web metaphor considering the recounting of the tale a task of ‘unraveling certain human lots and seeing how they were woven and interwoven’ is the tension between reconciling the vows and demands of marriage and one’s personal vocation in life – a tension mostly conveyed by unfurling and paralleling the vicissitudes of two characters who precipitate themselves headlong into wedlock a state on which they both harbour illusions which seem to echo each other and which will turn out at odds with their highly idealistic vocations and ambitions in life We find the 19 year old Dorothea Brooke passionately wanting to devote herself to an scholarly clergyman many years her senior Edward Causabon seeking wisdom and enlightenment herself while the young doctor Tertius Lydgate dreams of a life of science to be venerated and supported in this dream by the dedicated wife he sees in the mayor’s daughter Rosamond Vincy ’his old dreamland in which Rosamond Vincy appeared to be that perfect piece of womanhood who would reverence her husband’s mind after the fashion of an accomplished mermaid using her comb and looking glass and singing her song for the relaxation of his adored wisdom alone’Both will bump into bitter reality as in a sense for both marriage serves as a means to an end the only possible outcome might have been disillusion on the nature of marriage Dorothea finds her assistance unwelcome to her husband while Tertius learns a ravishing appearance can hide a disgraceful and to this reader appalling selfishness Their misfit marriages will eventually be counterpoised by a third wonderfully balanced relationship one of strong bonding based on ratio as well as emotions a couple building a future on what could be seen as fundamental resemblances and complementary differences – complementarity far subtle painted by Eliot than in a simple traditional division of the gender roles Here is a relationship of mutual support and understanding for which both Dorothea and Tertius good natured but dreamers longed for in vain – however the initial pangs of disenchantment for both will have uite different conseuences Eliot’s presentation of what seems ideal marriage as a union of free spirited individuals united by true companionship as loving comrades struck me as rather progressive or modern for her times but I could be wrong in that assessment as well as touchingly relatable Reading Middlemarch to me not felt as escapism As Julian Barnes wrote in his essay A Life with Books ‘ Life and reading are not separate activities When you read a great book you don't escape from life you plunge deeper into it There may be a superficial escape – into different countries s speech patterns – but what you are essentially doing is furthering your understanding of life's subtleties paradoxes joys pains and truths Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic’ His words ring uintessentially true with regard to Middlemarch – with its gorgeous gossamer prose the plethora of fascinating characters the manifold references to art the perceptive dictums wearing an aphoristic suit showing a tremendous insight into the human psyche its subtly humorous asides its wisdom and sympathy for humankind this brilliant novel might simply be a reader’s dream a way of experiencing the harmony of spheres Following the thread to light and life Eliot is weaving reminded me that life in all its depth at times can be pure bliss

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MiddlemarchIlliant but morally flawed physician the passionate artist Will Ladislaw and Fred Vincey and Mary Garth childhood sweethearts whose charming courtship is one of the many humorous elements in the novel's rich comic vein If I told you that my obsession with Middlemarch began with a standing KitchenAid mixer you'd expect me to elaborate It started one summer day when I was a teenager My friend had invited me over to her house for a movie night and sleep over Though our families had known each other since before either of our births my friend and I had just recently reconnected with the help of a graduation party and AOL The joys of dial up Internet When I arrived I was shown into the kitchen where my friend was in the midst of baking a batch of cookies with her mother Her dad sat at the kitchen table reading an economics book throwing in teasing remarks about our childhood antics while we all got reacuainted It all seemed soperfect I was uncomfortably envious of my friend and her family Two things in particular heightened this feeling The gleaming navy blue standing KitchenAid mixer enshrined on the granite countertop It was a recent gift to my friend Gabby from her parents since she was the glorified baker in the family The other was an enormous well loved tome called Middlemarch not far from the mixer with a small scrap of paper protruding from the center of the spine no doubt a thoughtless book markerI had heard about this book from a few English teachers It was said to be the uintessential British novel but that it was overly long had too many characters and was overall a political novel This too was said of other books like Anna Karenina and War and Peace not the English novel part but the other stuff It was such a discouragement Comments like these made the books seem almost beyond my reach and comprehension I asked about the book wondering if Gabby was reading it for her advanced English class and was relieved when her mom Linda said that it was she that was reading it and for the fifth time nonetheless It was her favorite book she said and I learned that she was also a high school English teacher When we started discussing it and my love of Thomas Hardy everyone else just disappeared She took me into her study and I had a look around her library I was overwhelmed that Gabby could have parents that loved reading and encouraged their children to read too Not only that but they loved classic literature right along with Danielle Steel and James Michener Looking back now I realize it was probably the first bookish discussion that wasn't penned in an essay for my teachers' eyes alone or some other assignment It was refreshing From that day on I vowed to myself that I too would one day own a standing Kitchen Aide mixer because what kitchen is complete without one? and I would undertake the reading of MiddlemarchIt's essential that you know this back story because it would explain why I own three hardcopy editions two kindle editions and an audio edition of the book It's almost as if I wanted to prevent any excuses I might have for putting it off and I have for fifteen years That I've finally read it feels like such a huge accomplishmentI can say with certainty that up to today this is my favorite book I adore Dorothea She is such a uniue character often described as an odd type of woman; one that is both reverenced and respected as a man I also admire Mary Garth and her father Caleb my two other favorite characters The rest of the townsfolk that round out the novel create a tasty gumbo of gossip and family histories While politics and reform had a bearing on many of the storylines it wasn't difficult to understand with the help of a few online toolsOn the whole and in my humble opinion this is a novel of marriage–its disappointments challenges and triumphs It's about the sacrifices people make and the mistakes they make in choosing suitable mates Having made a poor decision in my previous marriage so much about this book touched me deeply Not that one has to be married unhappily married or divorced to appreciate the book So many of the genial characters were singletons and served as a sort of control group who although having their own share of difficulties were still uite happy Marriage which has been bourne of so many narratives is still a great beginning as it was to Adam and Eve who kept their honeymoon in Eden but had their first little one among the thorns and thistles of the wilderness It is still the beginning of the home epic–the gradual conuest or irremediable loss of that complete union which makes the advancing years a climax and age the harvest of sweet memories in common A friend's review urged that one should really take their time in reading this book because once finished the characters would be greatly missed I've already felt a strong twinge of sadness at saying goodbye even if only temporarily Like Gabby's mom LindaI'm sure I'll revisit this book uite freuently As for the KitchenAid mixer? I've never been able to excuse the purchase because I don't bake a lotbut it's still up there on my bucket list along with Become a finalist on The Great British Baking Show

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Middlemarch Ebook ✓ 904 pages Ö Taking place in the years leading up to the First Reform Bill of 1832 Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life art religion science politics self society human relationships Among her characters are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature Dorothea Brooke the heroine iTaking place in the years leading up to the First Reform Bill of 1832 Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life art religion science politics self society human relationships Among her charact Best Goddamned Book EverSeriously this shit's bananas B A N A N A S 750 pages in and you're still being surprised It's 800 pages long and EVERY SINGLE PAGE ADVANCES THE PLOT You cannot believe it until you read it This is a writer's book By which I mean and I say this with love that if you write but you do not love Middlemarch with everything that's in you then stop writing Yesterday