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Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda [Kindle Edition]

George Eliot
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 978 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084ATXJM
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Mary Ann (Marian) Evans was born in 1819 in Warwickshire. She attended schools in Nuneaton and Coventry, coming under the influence of evangelical teachers and clergymen. In 1836 her mother died and Marian became her father's housekeeper, educating herself in her spare time. In 1841 she moved to Coventry, and met Charles and Caroline Bray, local progressive intellectuals. Through them she was commissioned to translate Strauss's Life of Jesus and met the radical publisher John Chapman, who, when he purchased the Westminster Review in 1851, made her his managing editor.

Having lost her Christian faith and thereby alienated her family, she moved to London and met Herbert Spencer (whom she nearly married, only he found her too 'morbidly intellectual') and the versatile man-of-letters George Henry Lewes. Lewes was separated from his wife, but with no possibility of divorce. In 1854 he and Marian decided to live together, and did so until Lewes's death in 1878. It was he who encouraged her to turn from philosophy and journalism to fiction, and during those years, under the name of George Eliot, she wrote Scenes of Clerical Life, Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Romola, Felix Holt, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, as well as numerous essays, articles and reviews.

George Eliot died in 1880, only a few months after marrying J. W. Cross, an old friend and admirer, who became her first biographer. She was buried beside Lewes at Highgate. George Eliot combined a formidable intelligence with imaginative sympathy and acute powers of observation, and became one of the greatest and most influential of English novelists. Her choice of material widened the horizons of the novel and her psychological insights radically influenced the novelist's approach to characterization. Middlemarch, considered by most to be her masterpiece, was said by Virginia Woolf to be 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maturer work than Middlemarch 3 Dec 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Middlemarch is usually cited as Eliot's masterpiece but I've always preferred Daniel Deronda: it might not be quite so successful but I think that's because Eliot's ambition is higher.

Set in England and Europe, this tells the intertwined stories of Gwendolen Harleth and Daniel himself. Eliot's portrait of Gwedolen's marriage, in particular, is a brave piece of writing for its time. Exposing the material basis for marriage that is glossed over in Austen, for example, it follows this to its logical conclusion.

Concerned with ideas of race and gender, this is a very modern novel in lots of way, wrapped up in Victorian style and format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Writing letters is such a bore' 14 Oct 2011
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'Daniel Deronda' is like an old wireless: it takes a while to warm up, but the wait is worth it. Eliot wrote it in her usual style. The opinionated omniscient narrator is present as are her many portentous metaphors. The first of the latter occurs at the start when Gwendolen Davilow, the central female character, wantonly gambles away her roulette winnings under Deronda's gaze. Shortly after, she learns that a financial speculation has all but ruined her family. As in many nineteenth century novels, therefore, the choices women make to secure their future is a prominent theme.

Deronda, oddly enough, is virtually absent for the first third of what is a lengthy novel. When he does appear, it is with an air of mystique, fuelled partly by his uncertain origin. He is a ward of Sir Hugo Mallinger, whose nephew and heir, Henleigh Grandcourt, eventually links Deronda to the Davilows. Grandcourt too has an air of mystery about him, and casts an imposing shadow over the story with his imperious, languid manner and his repeated insistence that almost everything but hunting bores him.

The other highly significant character in the novel is Mihra, the Jewess who Deronda befriends following a chance encounter. Perhaps the most tedious sections in the book are those in which characters discuss what it is to be Jewish. Although the subject takes on importance later, it is clearly Eliot's own thinly-veiled opinion.

The tensions in 'Daniel Deronda' stem mainly from two sources: the moral dilemmas characters are faced with, and the possibility that several of them may not be what they seem when we first encounter them. How the characters unfold and develop before us is something that Eliot handles superbly. There is always a sense that secrets are lurking in the background.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to other George Eliot books 16 May 2011
By Frankie
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Although Daniel Deronda is mentioned on the first page he does not appear again until well into the book and one starts to wonder where the book is going. Gwendolen is a very self centred person who excites little sympathy, even after her husband's death. The narrative then goes to Daniel Deronda and the two tales appear not to have much connection, until towards the end when the question arises as to which woman he will choose.

The Jewish aspect is interesting especially with the knowledge of what happened with the creation of Israel in the future, but there are long passages of philosophy which are best skipped over.

Suffered a lot by having American spelling and quite a lot of typo's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Altered spelling! 6 May 2013
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I am irritated by the Americanised spelling of a renowned George Eliot novel. Why are these changes necessary? It is annoying: I see each one and they jump out of the page at me and infuriate me.
One further point: we British customers are not pleased that your company avoids paying tax in our country. If you wish to sell to us and we pay tax, then you should be doing your share to contribute to the tax. You cannot benefit and then cost us money. There is really bad feeling about this: it is discussed among friends and the feeling is widespread.
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By Diana
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This is an excellent book - BUT: be careful because as far as I can see from samples all but two of the kindle editions have serious shortcomings. I started by downloading the free Public Domain version and was, I suppose, mildly amused by a mis-spelling on the very first page: "guilt mouldings". Then on about page five at the culmination of the crucial first scene when Gwendolen has lost all her money and her eyes meet Deronda's for the second time came a sentence that made no sense to me, or if I forced a meaning out of it, it seemed the opposite of what was expected. That was when I made the experiment of downloading samples of all the different versions I could find.

That was not straightforward for a start: the kindle shop does not recognise in all cases which are the same book. Anyway as far as I could see ONLY the Oxford World's Classics version and the Penguin English Library one did not have these errors. It turned out that a complete clause was missing from all the other versions at the highpoint of the crucial first scene, which sets up the themes of the entire novel. "There was a smile of irony in his eyes as their glances met; but it was at least better {that he should have kept his attention fixed on her than} that he should have disregarded her as one of an insect swarm who had no individual physiognomy."

This is no trivial error. However the book was free so I soldiered on; but I was so frequently bemused by oddities that I went off and got hard copy out of the library - also Penguin, but a much more recent edition with useful notes, which the kindle Penguin does not have judging by the contents page.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Long, long novel about Jewishness and other stuff in C19th England
It seems odd to be writing a review of this - it's a classic after all, and hard to say much that hasn't already been said.

A few quick points though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Deronda
Was unsure if I would enjoy this book but it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed the story and the different characters. Would definitely recommend George Eliot - great writer.
Published 5 months ago by catherine benison
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force -
As is a period novel it can take a bit to get into (the language of the era) - but carry on and as the story unfolds you will be astonished at how 'current' the subject matter is -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by crabbymadge
2.0 out of 5 stars It has a point to make
Daniel Deronda is an over-written excessively expansive book that would have made the same point and stressed on the same themes in just half its size. Read more
Published 9 months ago by H. Bastawy
4.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Deronda
Once again George Eliot displays her mastery of character analysis showing the many facets of each of her characters, However, I did find that the story line was too slow for my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gordon Houston
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This was an excellent book. However, it is not the sort of thing you need on a cold winter's evening, requiring a good deal of concentration.
Published 12 months ago by Marian
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a long book. George Eliot is a very talented writer. This tells the story of a young man and his relationship with two very different women (one a Jewish girl who has run... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ruth
2.0 out of 5 stars Should it be called 'Daniel Deronda' or 'Gwendolen Grandcourt' ?
This is an original text version of the book and is extremely wordy. Some of the sentences are half a page long on my Kindle. Because of this, the story moves very slowly indeed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by AL
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, not so good formatting
I had to read Daniel Deronda for uni, but, despite its length, I did enjoy it. Not a read for the faint-hearted - it's slow to get going, and is laden with lengthy descriptive... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Natalie Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars DANIEL DERONDA by George Elliot.
Although beautifully written with a believable if exasperating heroine why did the author keep the main character, of the title , tantalisingly out of the plot until halfway... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bookworm
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