- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Dec. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853262374
- ISBN-13: 978-1853262371
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Middlemarch (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Dec 1993
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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
Dorethea aspires to a high spiritual life, but is stifled by her enviroment. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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?!
On starting this you may think that it is a tale about two sisters, but as you progress you will find it is so much more. Taking in a variety of themes and intertwining different plots this book is magnificent in scope and execution, and is the nearest thing to one of the great Russian novels ever produced in the English language. For me George Eliot's characters come alive, and when you close the book you feel that they are still going about leading their lives.
If you want to read one of the great novels in the English language, then this book is a must read.
Ms. Eliot created, with this book, an entire community in England in the mid-1800s and called it Middlemarch. She populated this provincial town with people of every station, local squires and their families, tradespeople, the rising middle class, the poor and destitute, ruthless and honest. She crowded them together, with their ambitions, dreams and foibles, and wove a wonderful web of plots and subplots. Ms. Eliot also used her great wit to include scathing social commentary.
The fortunes of Middlemarch are rising in this new era when machines and trains - fast, available transportation - are changing the world, the economy, the politics. Rigid social codes, the British class system, is in danger of being breached. Folks are out to make a quick shilling - anything to acquire wealth and enhance social position.
Dorothea Brooks lives in Middlemarch. She is an intelligent, sensitive young woman, who wants to dedicate her life to important endeavors. She does not want to settle for a typical marriage and family, but looks toward a more noble cause. As a woman, a professional life is not open to her, nor is the pursuit of intellect, outside of marriage. She weds the elderly Rev. Casaubon, a cold, narcissistic man, thinking that by assisting him with his scholarly research and writing, she will find happiness.
Dr. Lydgate comes to Middlemarch to begin his medical practice there.Read more ›
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Excellent novel, beautifully written - tells you so much about relationshipsPublished 13 hours ago by daniel machover
Nothing wrong with the book, but this version is too big and uncomfortable to holdPublished 3 days ago by Foxie
Described by Virginia Woolf as "that magnificent book which, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people", George Eliot's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susannah B (Susie B)
Beautiful lexicon. A very well observed portrait of human character. Don't be put off by this being an old book / classic, it it still great fun.Published 3 months ago by S F Rickard
Wonderful characterisation & lots of humour & drama. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Nic S
Unfortunately, the book itself arrived completely damaged which only added to my negative experience of reading this book.
So many words for such a simple narrative.
In literary terms still arguably the greatest novel to have ever come from these shores, Middlemarch is always a pleasure to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Dowden