[[ Read ]] ➱ Quarry for Middlemarch Author George Eliot – Rvtrek.info

Quarry for Middlemarch Take this for granted Middlemarch will haunt your every waking hour for the duration you spend within its fictional provincial boundaries At extremely odd moments during a day you will be possessed by a fierce urge to open the book and dwell over pages you read last night in an effort to clarify newly arisen doubtsWhat did Will mean by that What on earth is this much talked about Reform Bill What will happen to poor Lydgate Is Dorothea just symbolic or realistic And failure to act on your impulses will give rise to irritation The world all around you will cease to matter and you will be forced to perform everyday tasks on autopilot mode, partly zombified, completely at the mercy of this wonderful, wonderful book Even hours after you turn over the last page, Middlemarchers and their manifold conundrums and self delusions will maintain their firm grasp on your consciousness What I mean by these not at all far fetched generalizations, is that Middlemarch is engaging, suspenseful and readable Profoundly so Despite its dense outlay of character arcs dovetailing into the politics of the community, subplots jostling against each other for primacy and the reader s attention, vivid commentary by an omniscient narrator who interjects often to shape a reader s perception, and the painstakingly detailed inner lives of its zealous hero and heroine stru Some discouragement, some faintness of heart at the new real future which replaces the imaginary, is not unusual, and we do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.When Alexandra suggested to participate in this year s alphabetical challenge of reading women, I admit the prospect of finally reading Middlemarch for the E was the decisive element for me to embark on the journey and I had been keeping the novel aside as a precious reward, to be touched if and only if I would manage to finish a demanding work project in time When that blissful moment came, I couldn t have dreamt of a exquisite treat than reading this masterpiece, of which I enjoyed every minute Although Virginia Woolf called it one of the few English novels written for grown up people reading this novel made me feel sixteen again, catapulting me back into memories of spending hours of reading delight during school holidays in the small kit . Page 97 Ugh I m trying, guys, I really am But right now I m about 100 pages into this book, and the thought of getting through the next 700 is making me want to throw myself under a train And I almost never leave a book unread, so this is serious However, since it s on The List, I feel I should at least try to give it another chance But it s not going to be easy.Here, in simplified list form, are the reasons I really, really want to abandon this book It s everything I hate about Austen boring dialogue and background information, endless nattering on about who s marrying whom with none of the dry wit that makes her stories enjoyable Dorothea is an insufferable, stuck up know it all and I hate her Also, her sister calls her Dodo in a horribly misguided attempt at affection, and every time I have to read it it s like a cheese grater to the forehead She s nineteen years old and is marrying a forty seven year old II just can t I know it s going to end badly which makes it slightly better but come on, Eliot Simply put, I don t care I don t care about these characters I don t care about their boring lives I don t care who marries whom and who is happy or not happy, and I really don t care about Dorothea s stupid cottage designs I get the sense that none of the things I listed are going to change I m strongly sensing that the next 700 pages of this book are going to be the same exact stuff about marriage and unhappiness and Dodo 1832,1867 1830 ,. This is the best book ever written, and why would you even think that Who cares It seems like a particularly male thing to do, this categorizing, this ranking When George Eliot introduces Casaubon, a compulsive categorizer who has accomplished nothing of value, it feels like than a character It s a warning She keeps quoting Eve from Paradise Lost, who was impressed by a man and look how that turned out Eliot s talking about women following men and their dumb, arcane knowledge Dorothea wants to be part of something grand, and the very idea is patriarchal She ends up lost in a tomb This is Casaubon, the archetypal mansplainer so many facts, so little truth.So she leads with this grand male ambition, The Key To All Mythologies, but she s heading somewhere else Here s the quote that she s spending 800 pages aiming for The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.And you re like oh, fuck yeah, right Unhistoric acts are my whole jam This is the truth most of us will be regular We can hope to find love, or at least acceptance We hope that the cumulative effect of very many of us trying to do or less the right thing will be that the I am spoiled at the moment with my literary discoveries I once again enjoyed George Eliot s Middlemarch, a pavement of nearly 1000 pages, a fantastic story of a small village in England where the destinies of several locals meet and where from the very first pages we embark In a great adventure The novel focuses on several couples Dorothea Brooke and M.Casaubon, a boring ecclesiastic, followed by Dorothea and Will Ladislaw, whom we follow throughout history the unhappy marriage of Tertius Lydgate, an ambitious but touching doctor, with Rosamond Vincy, a vulgar young woman wishing to arouse the admiration of all her neighbors finally, the couple Fred Vincy Mary Garth, whom I most appreciated In addition, the characters are all interesting than the others, offering a variety of characters among the individuals that the reader has the chance to meet Personally, I preferred the character of Dorothea Brooke, so endearing through her choices, the difficult moments of her life, her generosity to the doctor Lydgate for example, and finally, access to happiness at the end of the novel I also liked all the male characters, including M Lydgate If I told you that my obsession with Middlemarch began with a standing KitchenAid mixer, you d expect me to elaborate It started one summer day when I was a teenager My friend had invited me over to her house for a movie night and sleep over Though our families had known each other since before either of our births, my friend and I had just recently reconnected with the help of a graduation party and AOL The joys of dial up Internet When I arrived, I was shown into the kitchen where my friend was in the midst of baking a batch of cookies with her mother Her dad sat at the kitchen table reading an economics book, throwing in teasing remarks about our childhood antics while we all got reacquainted It all seemed soperfect I was uncomfortably envious of my friend and her family Two things in particular heightened this feeling The gleaming navy blue standing KitchenAid mixer enshrined on the granite countertop It was a recent gift to my friend, Gabby from her parents, since she was the glorified baker in the family The other was an enormous, well loved tome called Middlemarch, not far from the mixer, with a small scrap of paper protruding from the center of the spine, no doubt a thoughtless book marker.I had heard about this book from a few English teachers It was said to be the quintessential British novel but that it was overly long, had too many characters, and was overall a political novel This too was said of other books like Anna Karenina and War and Peace not the English no Best Goddamned Book Ever.Seriously, this shit s bananas B A N A N A S 750 pages in, and you re still being surprised It s 800 pages long and EVERY SINGLE PAGE ADVANCES THE PLOT You cannot believe it until you read it This is a writer s book By which I mean, and I say thi Oh, the slow burn of genius.I always tread lightly when it comes to using the word genius but there is no way around it here.It took me a good 200 pages to fully get into the novel and its ornate 19th century turn of phrase but very quickly, I was so completely spellbound by its intelligence and wisdom that I couldn t put it down.George Eliot s astonishing authorial voice is something to behold It takes the mis adventures of a handful of characters and peels their layers one by one with so much subtlety that you often have to reread a sentence several times to fully grasp the keenness of its observations.The entire novel feels like a giant lens zooming in and out of human follies with such gusto and empathy that you cannot help but feel privileged to witness the inner workings of people s thoughts and re actions Not onl

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