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The Lifted Veil, and Brother Jacob: WITH Brother Jacob (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199555052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199555055
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.5 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Eliot was the pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans, one of the leading writers of the Victorian era, who published seven major novels and several translations during her career. She started her career as a sub-editor for the left-wing journal The Westminster Review, contributing politically charged essays and reviews before turning her attention to novels. Among Eliot s best-known works are Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, in which she explores aspects of human psychology, focusing on the rural outsider and the politics of small-town life. Eliot died in 1880.


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The Lifted Veil is one of the darkest and bleakest pieces of literature I have ever read but, for all its unremitting gloom, it is devestatingly compelling. Eliot chooses a first-person narrator for her story, a morose and hypersensitive individual named Latimer, who begins to be afflicted with the unwanted ability to 'hear' the interior thoughts and emotions of those around him. The barrier between his own thoughts and those of his acquaintances begins to crumble and break down; his mind becomes overwhelmed with the banal interior monologues of dreary friends as their thoughts bleed through into his own consciousness. Latimer retreats into a state of near emotional non-engagement, only able to sympathise with people whose emotional despair matches his own, and with the enigmatic and beautiful Bertha, the one person whose thoughts remain veiled and hidden from him. After Latimer's brother Alfred dies in an accident Bertha, previously engaged to Alfred, drifts towards the afflicted and love-struck narrator. And then, with brutal, poisonous potency, the thoughts in her mind begin to break through into Latimer's consciousness.....

It's all top-drawer Gothic horror, and completely at odds with Eliot's sober reputation as a firm exponent of realism, but she does have a serious purpose in telling the tale. By portraying such an extreme situation, and someone lost in such an extreme form of emotional hell, Eliot was able to examine the far reaches of sympathetic engagement. It's dark - and I suspect Eliot must have been inhabiting a failry bleak emotional landscape in order to be able to pen such a horrific tale - but it is amazingly imaginitive and perceptive.

The other tale in the volume, Brother Jacob, is a much more light-hearted tale - a reflection on the nature of art and lying.
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The lifted is a well written and well paced atmospheric novella. In addition it explores ideas of free-will and knowledge in what feels a very contemporary way - exploring the consequences in an individual of the 'horizon' of the phenomenologists ceasing to exist.

The Kindle version is good, with a proper table of contents, introductory essay, etc.
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Brought this for university as a set text, I received it in time, excellent condition and posed useful.

Personally not a book I would have picked up out of choice.
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The lifted veil very interesting in predicting how dreadful life would be if we could read minds and see the future. Brother Jacob less good and writing felt more laboured.
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Really good, interesting book. I have not read 'Brother Jacob' yet but I am sure it will be as good.
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