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 ittle one among the thorns and thistles of the wilderness It is still the beginning of the home epic the gradual conuest or irremediable oss 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 l 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 Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter lotbut it s still up there on my bucketist along with Become a finalist on The Great British Baking Show I am Az éltető étkek arany szutrája leaving Middlemarch I can t believe it after spending so much time with them I am now done moving on moving outike Lydgate and Bulstrode and Ladislaw and Dorothea Middlemarch is a state of mind and you can drop it or it can drop you In my case I feel it dropped me for I would have clung on to it even after turning that 918th page that was the final one Does that make me of a Bulstrode then rather than a Dorothea Well obviously I am uite A Grid for Murder like the Middlemarch men in general feeling there can t be anyone comparable to the wonderfully stubborn and idealistic DorotheaThe gossipers got it all right of course Dorothea was not a nice woman marrying an illus Oh the slow burn of geniusI always treadightly when it comes to using the word genius but there is no way around it hereIt took me a good 200 pages to fully get into the novel and its ornate 19th century turn of phrase but very uickly I was so completely spellbound by its intelligence and wisdom that I couldn t put it downGeorge Eliot s astonishing authorial voice is something to behold It takes the misadventures of a handful of characters and peels their Painted Desert layers one by one with so much subtlety that you often have to reread a sentence several times to fully grasp the keenness of its observationsThe entire novel feelsike a giant Appetite lens zooming in and out of human follies with such gusto and empathy that you cannot help but feel privileged to witness the inner workings of people s thoughts and reactions Not only does Middlemarch make you ponder many aspects of our motivations desires aspirationsimitations ideals dreams behavior and inclinations but it keeps you on the edge of your seat ike a ferocious psychological thrillerThe end will eave you teetering on the brink revisiting all of your personal deep seated assumptions about people what is a successful Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying life what is a good marriage how you measure goodness and your impact on othersivesA work of vertiginous beauty This is the best book ever written and why would you even think that Who cares It seems Pure Grit like a particularly male thing to do this categorizing this ranking When George Eliot introduces Casaubon a compulsive categorizer who has accomplished nothing of value it feelsike than a character It s a warning She keeps uoting Eve from Paradise Lost who was impressed by a man and Apple-Picking Day! look how that turned out Eliot s talking about women following men and their dumb arcane knowledge Dorothea wants to be part of something grand and the very idea is patriarchal She ends upost in a tomb This is Casaubon the archetypal mansplainer so many facts so ittle truthSo she eads with this grand male ambition The Key To All Mythologies but she s heading somewhere else Here s the uote that she s spending 800 pages aiming forThe growing good of the world is partly *Dependent On Unhistoric Acts And *on unhistoric acts and things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to number who Ajax is All About Attack lived faithfully a hiddenife and rest in unvisited tombsAnd you re ike oh fuck yeah right Unhistoric acts are my whole jam This is the truth most
us will be regular We can hope to find The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North love or at acceptance We hope that the cumulative effect of very many of us trying to do oress the right thing will be that the world is or ess nice A few of us will create great art or ive great ives Very many of us will wish we had George Eliot thinks we should settle downPeople are surprised when they find out that I read mostly classics What for they ask It sounds boring What are you getting out of this At its worst it s some kind of Casaubonesue desire to know everything about something I hope there s some kind of cumulative effect of empathy and perspective But this here Middlemarch is the only book I ve ever read that changed the way I ook at my entire ife It teaches me to settle down I m in the process of iving faithfully a hidden Cherry Bomb life here So perhaps are you Coming to terms with that isn t just aesson it s the esson right It s the whole game It s either this or buy a convertible and re pierce my ear I read classics in hopes of finding something this good againOkay so the whole game is in here and the funny thing about this being the best book ever is that for the best book ever it is fucking boring There s this whole part ike the middle third or so that s frankly deadly It happens about a hundred pages in you ve been having a grand old time with Dorothea and her shitty old husband who can t even fuck right and all of a sudden Eliot starts introducing new people It s not that they re not great well some of them aren t I m sorry but Mary and Fred are boring But Rosamond She s so awful She s terrific and she very nearly runs off with the book Casaubon is a bad man Rosamond is a bad woman and her damage to Lydgate is much worseRosamond is what Eliot started with in fact that was supposed to be the book She was to be a response to the realist andmark Madame Bovary Eliot decided she needed a counterweight in Dorothea and then I don t know what all else happened That climactic confrontation between Dorothea and Rosamond for one thing what a scene right Eliot is one of the most compassionate writers and here s where she puts her money down There s this complicated structure she builds pretty Ladislaw the banker Bulstrode an old scandal some surprisingly Victorian plot twists given that Middlemarch is itself a realist andmark Rather talk about doctors than you needed A The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace lot of this stuff is boringThere s a famous uote from Virginia Woolf who called Middlemarch one of the few English novels written for grown up people She called it that despite all its imperfections by the way she thought it was boring too But that s a grown up message that bit about the tombs So here we are right Grown upsiving faithfully our hidden When Red Cried Wolf lives hoping to find peace with our unremarkableness Here s the peace You gotta make it through a boring part in the middle but at the end youl ook back and find it was the best thing ever 853 Middlemarch A Study of Provincial Life George EliotMiddlemarch A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by the English author George Eliot first published in eight installments volumes during 1871 72 The novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829 32 and it comprises several distinct though intersecting stories and a arge cast of characters Significant themes include the status of women the nature of marriage idealism self interest religion hypocrisy political reform and education 1992 1369 1 626 2 601 9646564178 1379 1383 1387 19 122. E di due matrimoni infelici indagati da George Eliot nei The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing loro più impercettibili interstizi attraversoo strumento chirurgico di uno stile espressivo sempre acuminato Il romanzo che permette di comprendere a solidissima fragilità dell'Inghilterra vittoriana. ,
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Is this much talked about Reform I m thoroughly embarrassed to admit that this book was first recommended to me by my stalker Subseuently I avoided MIDDLEMARCH ike the plague because it became associated with this creepy guy who thought the fastest way to my heart was to stare at me follow me home and eave obscene messages on my voice mail Flash forward 2 years when I m purusing yet another of my favorite tomes THE BOOK OF LISTS I m intrigued to see that the one book that consistently turns up on the Ten Favorite Novels A Constellation of Vital Phenomena list of various authors is you guessed it MIDDLEMARCH With recommendations from James Michener Ken Follett and William Trevor I figured this was a book worth readingWhat a beautiful surprise Nobody depicts the depth and breath of society better than George Elliot She shows both how people are shaped by their times and vice versa Add to this an intriguing story of Dorothea Brooke a well meaning woman who wants to make a positive mark on the world Despite her best intentions Dorothea soonearns that the world will go on with or without her help This book is a sobering esson for dreamers ike myself who are always pondering How can I make a difference After reading MIDDLEMARCH I suspect George Elliot would answer Stop taking yourself so seriously and get on with your Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights life Nobody wants your help so mind your own business A refreshing attitude particularly in this self important cultureSoong story short If someone starts stalking you change your phone number File a complaint with human resources Get a restraining order But before you do be sure to ask el nutjob for some book and movie recommendations Because chances are after obsessively watching your every move this freak probably knows you better than you know yourself Page 97Ugh I m trying guys I really am But right now I m about 100 pages into this book and the thought of getting through the next 700 is making me want to throw myself under a train And I almost never Still Life with Chickens leave a book unread so this is serious However since it s on The List I feel I should ateast try to give it another chance But it s not going to be easyHere in simplified Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea list form are the reasons I really really want to abandon this book It s everything I hate about Austen boring dialogue and background information endless nattering on about who s marrying whom with none of the dry wit that makes her stories enjoyable Dorothea is an insufferable stuck up know it all and I hate her Also her sister calls her Dodo in a horribly misguided attempt at affection and every time I have to read it it sike a cheese grater to the forehead She s nineteen years old and is marrying a forty seven year old II just can t I know it s going to end badly which makes it slightly better but come on Eliot Simply put I don t care I don t care about these characters I don t care about their boring Paradox Bound lives I don t care who marries whom and who is happy or not happy and I really don t care about Dorothea s stupid cottage designs I get the sense that none of the things Iisted are going to change I m strongly sensing that the next 700 pages of this book are going to be the same exact stuff about marriage and unhappiness and Dodo and blah blah blaaaaahhhhh Unless something really interesting is going to happen I don t think I can keep going At this point it would take a zombie uprising at Middlemarch to make me invested in these characters and their ack of struggle Page 190Okay I need to get to Part 5 before I can reasonably stop reading Hopefully something resembling a plot will happen soon Page 300Nope Nothin yetPage 370OH MY GOD I DON T CARE I DON T CARE SHUT UP SHUT UP WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME ALL OF THIS GEORGE ELIOT WHHHHHHHYYYYYYYPage 409Okay I tried No one can say I didn t give this book a fair chance But I m halfway through and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED I just read 400 pages of some boring people going about their boring everyday business and I m DONE Maybe I m just not sophisticated enough to understand this book s genius Maybe I can only be happy with a book if the characters are ikeable and doing interesting things besides sitting around and thinking about how fucking miserable they all are Maybe it s just my fault for having a bad attitude about this book from the beginning Who knows But what I know for sure is This I Got To My Designated Halfway I got to my designated halfway on the flight back from vacation and when we STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare landed I made sure toeave Middlemarch on the plane Hopefully it s adopted by someone who will ove it than I did ADDENDUM I just consulted The List to check this book off and I decided to see if there were any other George Eliot books on it Including Middlemarch there are five Eliot books I m supposed to read before I die FIVE Goddamn it 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
heightened this feeling 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 oved 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 Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays long had too many characters and was overall a political novel This too was said of other booksike Anna Karenina and War and Peace not the English novel part but the other stuff It was such a discouragement Comments ike 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 earned that she was also a high school English teacher When we started discussing it and my What a Lass Wants love of Thomas Hardy everyone else just disappeared She took me into her study and I had aook around her ibrary I was overwhelmed that Gabby could have parents that oved reading and encouraged their children to read too Not only that but they oved classic iterature 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 The League for the Suppression of Celery 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. Dine sociologico all'ambiente sociale il sottotitolo Studi di vita in provincia definisce da subito il contesto Al centro della storia è proprio'immaginaria cittadina inglese di Middlemarch all'interno della uale si articolano i destini di uattro personaggi. 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 ong 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 ove that if you write but you do not Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery love Middlemarch with everything that s in you then stop writing Yesterday 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 whichies 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 ife it would be ike hearing the grass grow and the suirrel s heart beat and we should die of that roar which ies 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 ives of which we were barely aware when we were iving 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 ife 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 ike a tenor in an opera who s faint voice renders his nonetheless beautiful ines 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 Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge 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 myeague 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 The Outlaw and the Upstart King 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 phrasesightest changes of cheek and ip faintest tremors The web itself is made of spontaneous beliefs and indefinable joys yearnings of one ife 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 Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War lily s expanding wonderment at its own fullerife 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 ots 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 ife 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 *state on which they both harbour illusions which seem to echo each and which will turn out at odds with their highly idealistic vocations and ambitions in Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul 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 aife 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 ooking 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 earns 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 Speak Through the Wind 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 asoving comrades struck me as as a union of free spirited individuals united by true companionship as Stories for a Teen's Heart loving comrades struck me as 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 fromife you plunge deeper into it There mayParticular Heightened This Feeling
a superficial escape into different countries s speech patterns but what you are essentially is furthering your understanding of ife s subtleties paradoxes joys pains and truths Reading and ife 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 ight and ife Eliot is weaving reminded me that ife in all its depth at times can be pure bliss Take this for granted Middlemarch will haunt your every waking hour for the duration you spend within its fictional provincial boundaries At extremely odd moments during a day you will be possessed by a fierce urge to open the book and dwell over pages you read ast night in an effort to clarify newly arisen doubts What did Will mean by that What on earth. Pubblicato a puntate tra il 1871 e il 1872 Middlemarch è nel variegato paesaggio del romanzo inglese di fine Ottocento tra i punti più alti mai raggiunti in termini di capacità di rappresentazione della complessità delle psicologie e di attenzione uasi d'or. .be a superficial escape into different countries s speech patterns but what you are essentially