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Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

George Eliot , Felicia Bonaparte , David Carroll
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5 Mar 1998 Oxford World's Classics
Writing at the very moment when the foundations of Western thought were being challenged and undermined, George Eliot fashions in Middlemarch (1871-2) the quintessential Victorian novel, a concept of life and society free from the dogma of the past yet able to confront the scepticism that was taking over the age. In a panoramic sweep of English life during thr years leading up to the First Reform Bill of 1832, Eliot explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life: art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships. Among her characters are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature: Dorothea Brooke, the heroine, idealistic but näive; Rosamond Vincy, beautiful and egoistic: Edward Casaubon, the dry-as-dust scholar: Tertius Lydgate, the brilliant but morally-flawed physician: the passionate artist Will Ladislaw: and Fred Vincey and Mary Garth, childhood sweethearts whose charming courtship is one of the many humorous elements in the novel's rich comic vein. Felicia Bonaparte has provided a new Introduction for this updated edition, the text of which is taken from David Carroll's Clarendon Middlemarch (1986), the first critical edition.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (5 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192834029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834027
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent text--one of the best editions of any 19th century novel available in paper."--Alexander S. Gourlay, University of Nebraska"Like the other World's Classics, this is a good text in a well-designed format, with adequate but unobtrusive editorial aids and introductions, biographical information, notes--at a fair price."--Robert D. Beckett, Southwest Missouri State University

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Dorethea aspires to a high spiritual life, but is stifled by her enviroment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Middlemarch-as-she-was-wrote 10 Jan 2012
By Clare S
Format:Kindle Edition
I suppose that one cannot complain too much if you don't actually have to pay for something - but this edition is a great disappointment.
Middlemarch, that otherwise hefty tome, is an ideal book to read in e-format to save wear and tear on the wrist. British readers, however, should be aware/beware that this is not Middlemarch-as-she-was-wrote but an American translation. As well as the disconcerting and disrupting `or' endings - ardor/ardour - this scanned edition is full of annoying typos and scannos that no one has bothered to correct, to the extent in some places that they actually change the sense of the sentence.
I cannot even suggest that you download the Project Gutenberg version instead (also free, as all their books are) because sadly, rather than offering a transcript of the original Blackwood single volume of 1874, they also have used an American edition, published by H. M. Caldwell Company, New York and Boston. At least, however, the rigorous Gutenberg proof-reading process should have eliminated most of the irritating editorial errors.
Please, someone out there, why can we not have English e-classics in their own language - not translations?!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars faulty printing 30 Jun 2011
This is not a review about the worth of the writing, but the binding of the book.

The edition is beautiful and very pleasing to hold. However, I was disappointed to discover, after reading a few hundred pages, that where pages 379-410 should be, pages 347-378 had been reprinted, meaning a sizeable chunk of the story was missing. Very poor quality from so expensive a brand. I don't know whether this fault only occurred in a batch of the books, or whether the whole edition is flawed. Be prepared to send it back and ask for a refund, as I am about to do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Middlemarch and Other Novels 24 May 2012
By Keith
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Useful collection of the essential George Eliot in a practical format. Navigation between different novel clear and practical. Excellent value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Great Author 7 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are several stories within this book. There is the main story and then several subplots. Highly engaging. It's a political, social and romantic journey. One of my favourite books.

3 couples and their struggle.

1. Fred Vincy & Mary Garth: my favourite.
Their story is only a minor subplot, however, its the most poignant and sweet. Childhood sweethearts, Fred is madly (and blindly) in love with the intelligent, witty but plain Mary. Fred is goodlooking in a traditional sense, bred a gentlemen with fine speech and clothes and a fancy education.
Mary refuses to allow Fred to woo her until he shows himself willing and able to live seriously, practically, and sincerely.

2. Will Ladislaw & Dorothea Brooke: the principle characters (particularly Dorothea). Both are Intelligent and possess great aspirations to live in an equitable, sincere and positive manner which will bring good for others. I suppose one could describe them as socialist. Neither are concerned with worldly riches or a position in society.
Will is rather dashing, free spirited and rebellious. One could describe him as a well dressed Hippy. Very arty but also a political strategist and thinker.
Dodo is a sweet, inteligent, sincere and pious female (but lacking common sense). From a well do to background, she is the ultimate Lady. No airs and graces but naturally ladylike and elegant in manner and demeanour.
Will and Dodo have a passionate relationship that transcends all others.

3. Tertius Lydgate & Rosamond Vincy: I don't want to give too much away but these two are idiots.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double-header -- two brilliant novels 4 Oct 2013
By Jak
Format:Kindle Edition
Mary Ann Evans -- far better known as George Eliot, of course -- was one of that mid-nineteenth crop of great English novelists whose work still grips the reader today. Indeed many critics consider her among the best of them and some regard her as one of the best Western writers of all time.

How good it is then to have two of her seven novels in this well-formatted and beautifully illustrated edition. So interesting to compare the work that is probably her masterpiece, "Middlemarch," with the very different but also brilliant earlier novel "The Mill on the Floss."
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a page-turner 26 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The scope of Middlemarch is so broad and includes so many characters, plots and sub-plots that 1000 words would be insufficient to give more than the bare bones of the story, and I would probably make it seem rambling and incoherent. I won't put possible buyers off by doing this. I'll just say that by the end of 'Middlemarch', the reader will be breathless-George Eliot didn't create a few select characters-she created a civilisation. It's like the reader is high above the action, looking down, able to see the complex workings of this civilisation, and further able to focus on the individual. This is a masterpiece. I must also say that the reader who condemned George Eliot for her description of Mary is utterly wrong. She is just describing an unexceptional (looks-wise) person. George Eliot was a moralist. She wrote 'Middlemarch' with a serious purpose in mind. She condemned a lot of evils in her society, and she certainly wasn't racist. After all two men fall in love with Mary, while by the end of the book the reader seriously doubts whether Lydgate (or anyone else for that matter) loves his wife-the very beautiful Rosamund Vincy. Mary is described as a hardworking and honest girl. She refuses a bribe from her employer, even though her family is poor and it would have meant security and comfort for her and them. It is in the hopes of winning her that Fred Vincy turns his life around. Please don't read racism into innocent text. No preface or analysis of George Eliots work (that I've read anyway) has ever found rascist meaning in 'Middlemarch'. I find it insulting that someone who didn't even bother to finish the book-to see if there was any possibility that they were mistaken- can so arrogantly slander an author who acted from the highest moralistic principles in writing this book.
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A brilliant read; a masterful, humanly insightful work. Worth every one of the many many pages!
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One of the greatest novels of the 19th century - or any century.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I did read this years ago and thought I would like to read it again
This is a bit hard going, I did read this years ago and thought I would like to read it again, its not very exciting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars classic but takes a year to read
some people love this book but it was a chore for me to get through it. just personal taste tho.
Published 22 days ago by Susie Gunning
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets better as you reach half-way but questionable whether it's worth...
A difficult read. Doesn't seem to have been written by someone who believes reading should be a pleasure. Read more
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A great book, enjoyed it very much , a huge sweeping tale of life at the time, very human characters with all their faults and self deceptions.
Published 26 days ago by Liz Cable
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I first read Middlemarch by George Elliot as a teenager and enjoyed it as much now as then. Thank you.
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