Rural life in England at the turn of the 18th/19th centuries,
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This review is from: Adam Bede (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
This is George Eliot's first major novel but it is by no means an apprentice effort. She writes so well and her sympathy for her characters and the society in which they live is so apparent that the reader is carried forwardwith the narrative. My sole reservation is that some of the characters not fully realised so as to be convincing.
My reason for writing a review of this well known classic is chiefly to draw attention to the note in the General Introduction:
"We strongly advise you to enjoy this book before turning to the Introduction." This is because the Introduction itself, which is very interesting, gives away some of the "surprises, secrets and revelations" contained in the narrative. This warning should, I think, be given much greater prominence by the publishers, Wordsworth Classics, to whom it must be said we readers owe a great debt for publishing this and many other classic works of fiction.