Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy.
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The story is totally engaging, the writing superb, the characters are mostly well-developed. The family dynamics are great - if you ever think you have a dysfunctional family, or a grandmother or aunt (or parent) that is too critical of everything you wear, or your hair style, your life choices - read this. The depiction of the choices of women is what we find in literature of this era, and much has been written from the feminist angle, from the angle of the sibling relationship, and other aspects. The book is definitely deserving of such analyses and that is testament to its caliber. However, I was troubled by the depiction of different types of love. Stephen Guest's love does not show any depth. What is it that he loves about Maggie? It really isn't clear. Is it just that she represents what his parents would never have chosen for him, and she is pretty, too? There is not intelllectual connection that we can see. A bit of singing? Philip, on the other hand, appreciated Maggie on an intellectual level, and would be someone with whom she could have achieved the intellectual promise she showed from such a young age, if not at the professional level, at least at the personal level. Is the need for desire on the part of a "handsome, tall, desirable" guy so great that it puts all reason aside? Is all this a reason to seek the kind of "redemption" (as a reviewer I read put it) that she had at the end? What psychological problems did Maggie have that her connection to her brother was so much stronger than any other need, including life? It is certainly interesting to see how Eliot chose to end this, and certainly engaging.
The narration is excellent, even if at times it seems a little too pitiful sounding.
It was so tedious and boring.
NONE - that is criminal to cut from an author's work!
I know it is known as a great English novel, and I'm sure it probably is. Unfortunately I am at that time in my in which I am only doing bucket list reading, movie going, traveling, etc..
I do not want to waste one minute being bored or enduring unpleasant experiences.
"More than I bargained for."
It is an immense undertaking, in writing and performance, and since I got more than the experience I'd hoped for, I have no further opinion on those things.
As for George Eliot. No person who has been forced to reflect long on life and it's tendency to be impossible, as well as morally inscrutable, could ask for a better mentor, ten times worth the patience. I read for those passages of lucid reflection which immediately call up my own muddle of past events, and begin rearranging the furniture in my conscience. I'm old, by the way.
"Superb Narrator For A Gripping Story"
My favourite book so far.
Not really moments, but the characters are so well drawn (helped by Laura Paton's narration) so are really vivid: Tom, Mrs Tulliver, Lucy and Philip Wakem in particular.
Really brought it alive. I doubt I would have had the persistence to finish the book if reading it but I really loved how she had different voices for the different characters.
Without giving the story away, I thought the ending was a bit contrived.
A favourite to listen to again and again. It's a hard act to follow for my next choice of audiobook.
Adam Bede and Middlemarch that were also written by George Eliot. I have found a challenge for reading/ listening in Eliot's stories, that I have yet to find in those that are written by modern authors.
Maggie Tulliver, the heroine and victim.
No, this story weaves images of characters, places and situations that are too good to rush, in case I missed a bit and had to retrace my listening.
I was unprepared for the ending, it was worthy of the anticipation created by Eliot.I enjoyed listening to the different voices that Laura Paton portrayed.
"great classic, beautifully narrated"
I have taken it upon myself to read a classic book in between each newer title. this is a charming story of it's time
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