Middlemarch is considered one of the masterpieces of English fiction. Published in 1874, it is the seventh and penultimate novel by George Eliot. It pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education.
Set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during the period 1830 - 32 and subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life", the novel creates a concept of life and society confronting the scepticism that was taking over the age.
English novelist George Eliot (1819-1880), real name Mary Ann (Marian) Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity.
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A hugely enjoyable listen, fairly epic in length and the perfect way to finally tick off a book that’s been unread on my shelves for decades. It’s an old, quite dated production, and the reader’s rather sonorous voice takes a bit of getting used to, but he starts to feel like an old friend after 28 hours!
stick with it
I found like many Victorian novels that some passages were overly descriptive and long but after a slowish start, this novel really picks up and I became impatient to get in the car to find out whether the horrible Rosamund was going to get her come uppance! Very believable characters, some of whom you come to care for.
A great novel about real life including happy and unhappy marriages, skeletons in cupboards, greed and poverty.
A brilliant reading of a wonderful novel
Gabrielle Wood’s excellent narration brings this, one of the greatest novels in the English language, alive. Wholly recommended.