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Romola | [George Eliot]

Romola

"There is no book of mine about which I more thoroughly feel that I swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood." Thus wrote George Eliot about Romola, the book which is central in her career as a novelist and amongst her most colorful, fluent, and persuasive works.
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Publisher's Summary

"There is no book of mine about which I more thoroughly feel that I swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood." Thus wrote George Eliot about Romola, the book which is central in her career as a novelist and amongst her most colorful, fluent, and persuasive works.

Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot's novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola's teachings, then crushed by the religious leader's ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice.

(P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"George Eliot's humanity colors all her other gifts - her humor, her morality, and her exquisite rhetoric." (Henry James)

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  • dorothea
    4/13/14
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    "too fast"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This reading of Romola is so fast I didn't persist despite being a Huge George Eliot fan


    What was most disappointing about George Eliot’s story?

    didn't get far enough to know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    read too fast


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    waste of my money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Coromandel Valley, Australia
    5/10/14
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    "Very Obscure"

    This books requires a great deal of insider knowledge of all things historically Florentine, a knowledge I just don't have. I believe a glossary is available in some hard copies, but with the galloping narrator this audio version was beyond me. Baffling....

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