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Named for the fictional community in which it is set, Middlemarch is George Eliot's rich and teeming portrait of provincial life in Victorian England. In it, a panoply of complicated characters attempt to carry out their destinies against the various social expectations that accompany their classes and genders.

At the center of the narrative is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

Epic in scope and unsurpassed in its study of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the greatest works of world literature.

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(P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One of the few English novels written for grown-up people." (Virginia Woolf)
"One of the most profound, wise, and absorbing of English novels...and above all, truthful and forgiving about human behavior." (Hermione Lee)
"No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative....No writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully." (V.S. Pritchett)

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I am TRYING

I am trying, really trying to follow this book. I am trying really trying to care what happens in the next chapter or sentence.

I have never read George Elliot...so, I felt I SHOULD. Now, I am not adverse to difficult literature, but this is just painful. I would rather spend the rest of my life listening to French New Wave writing from the 50's (where it takes 50 pages for the character to open a door)

For technical reasons I had to re-load the book on my itunes, I had to figure out where I had left off and I was SURE that I had listed to at least two segments, but, well I am still only 1/2 way through the first download....with 3 1/2 left to go. I hope to eventually get through the whole thing. Wish me luck!

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