Silas hoards a treasure that destroys his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are the secrets that fill this moving tale of guilt and innocence.
A moral allegory of the redemptive power of love, it is also a finely drawn portrait of early nineteenth-century England in the days when spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses, and of a simple way of life that was soon to disappear.
©1981 George Eliot; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I don't have a good track record with ye old classics. I've found a lot of them quite dated, regardless of how ahead of their time they once were, and others just a bit too... stiff & stuffy for my liking. I just I connect with contemporary books more easily. Hot off the press. That's how I like it. But I thought I'd test the waters again and I ended up with Silas Marner as my test subject.
I found my enjoyment of it, and lack of, a bit of a roller coaster. I quite enjoyed the opening chapters and could really appreciate the fine writing. But then I hit a massive bump all of a sudden: there was a scene with a bar of old codgers talking a godawful load of codswallop, and I couldn't wait for it to end. I found it really unpleasant to listen to. I thought I might have to abandon the book completely. I wasn't quite sure if it was the actual dialog, or the narrator, but I switched from audio to Kindle and it was definitely less unpleasant reading it myself. And there probably wasn't such another big chunk of dense dialogue again. I don't think I've had such an experience with an audiobook before.
Then I found there were definite peaks and troughs in the actual story. Not much different than a lot of books but overall it really added to my rollercoaster experience of this book. It went up and down through the range of star ratings from 1 to 4. I settled on an overall 3.
A worthwhile exercise, and not a terrible experience overall. But I'm definitely happier with more contemporary work (though not necessarily a contemporary setting) and I don't see any reason to break from that comfort zone again any time soon. There are amazing new books out all the time and I'll mostly be sticking to them thanks very much. Some people don't read sci-fi or other genres. I don't read old classics. So that's that.
Somehow I knew what the story was about but I didn't realize it was so more than plot. The story is thoroughly told with rich language. Nothing minimal here.
The reader was professional and excellent. I would have preferred the old squire not have such a problem with phlegm every time he spoke.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
The words flowing together with the story of an unlikely hero made this book very enjoyable. I don't think I have ever read any George Elliot before but I will continue reading her works.
That everything came right in the end. I realized this was an allegory to the industrial age and maybe that wasn't what I was supposed to get out of this. When Silas returns to his home town with Eppie in hopes for redemption but discovers it no longer exists and therefore he must make his own redemption, I found that very powerful.
The narrator was ok, not great. I don't think he added much to the pace at all.
No extremes, but a few chuckles and frowns along the way.
This story was told simply and straightforward. I liked knowing what the various people in the village were thinking and why they acted the way they did. This story was set in the early 1800's when the industrial age was just taking over in Great Britain. Silas Marner as a weaver on his loom would probably have to work in a factory if he lived much longer as the times were certainly changing especially in the cities.
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