Pansy Vol. 6 eOn 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 samexact stuff about marriage and unhappiness and Dodo and blah blah blaaaaahhhhh Unless something really interesting is going to happen I don t think I can keep going At this point it would take a zombie uprising at Middlemarch to make me invested in these characters and their lack of struggle Page 190Okay I need to get to Part 5 before I can reasonably stop reading Hopefully something resembling a plot will happen soon Page 300Nope Nothin yetPage 370OH MY GOD I DON T CARE I DON T CARE SHUT UP SHUT UP WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME ALL OF THIS GEORGE ELIOT WHHHHHHHYYYYYYYPage 409Okay I tried No one can say I didn t give this book a fair chance But I m halfway through and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED I just read 400 pages of some boring people going about their boring Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods everyday business and I m DONE Maybe I m just not sophisticatednough to understand this book s genius Maybe I can only be happy with a book if the characters are likeable and doing interesting things besides sitting around and thinking about how fucking miserable they all are Maybe it s just my fault for having a bad attitude about this book from the beginning Who knows But what I know for sure is this I got to my designated halfway point on the flight back from vacation and when we landed I made sure to leave Middlemarch on the plane Hopefully it s adopted by someone who will love it than I did ADDENDUM I just consulted The List to check this book off and I decided to see if there were any other George Eliot books on it Including Middlemarch there are five Eliot books I m supposed to read before I die FIVE Goddamn it If I told you that my obsession with Middlemarch began with a standing KitchenAid mixer you d Elizabeth I expect me tolaborate 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 Education in a New Society each other since beforeither 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 Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education economics book throwing in teasing remarks about our childhood antics while we all got reacuainted It all seemed soperfect I was uncomfortablynvious of my friend and her family Two things in particular heightened this feeling The gleaming navy blue standing KitchenAid mixer nshrined 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 normous 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 markerI had heard about this book from a few English teachers It was said to be the uintessential 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 novel part but the other stuff It was such a discouragement Comments like these made the books seem almost beyond my reach and comprehension I asked about the book wondering if Gabby was reading it for her advanced English class and was relieved when her mom Linda said that it was she that was reading it and for the fifth time nonetheless It was her favorite book she said and I learned that she was also a high school English teacher When we started discussing it and my love of Thomas Hardy The Baby Swap Miracle everyonelse just disappeared She took me into her study and I had a look around her library I was overwhelmed that Gabby could have parents that loved reading and ncouraged their children to read too Not only that but they loved classic literature right along with Danielle Steel and James Michener Looking back now I realize it was probably the first bookish discussion that wasn t penned in an ssay for my teachers yes alone or some other assignment It was refreshing From that day on I vowed to myself that I too would one day own a standing Kitchen Aide mixer because what kitchen is complete without one and I would undertake the reading of MiddlemarchIt s ssential that you know this back story because it would xplain why I own three hardcopy ditions two kindle Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation editions and an audiodition of the book It s almost as if I wanted to prevent any xcuses I might have for putting it off and I have for fifteen years That I ve finally read it feels like such a huge accomplishmentI can say with certainty that up to today this is my favorite book I adore Dorothea She is such a uniue character often described as an odd type of woman one that is both reverenced and respected as a man I also admire Mary Garth and her father Caleb my two other favorite characters The rest of the townsfolk that round out the novel create a tasty gumbo of gossip and family histories While politics and reform had a bearing on many of the storylines it wasn t difficult to understand with the help of a few online toolsOn the whole and in my humble opinion this is a novel of marriage its disappointments challenges and triumphs It s about the sacrifices people make and the mistakes they make in choosing suitable mates Having made a poor decision in my previous marriage so much about this book touched me deeply Not that one has to be married unhappily married or divorced to appreciate the book So many of the genial characters were singletons and served as a sort of control group who although having their own share of difficulties were still uite happy Marriage which has been bourne of so many narratives is still a great beginning as it was to Adam and Eve who kept their honeymoon in Eden but had their first little one among the thorns and thistles of the wilderness It is still the beginning of the home pic the gradual conuest or irremediable loss of that complete union which makes the advancing years a climax and age the harvest of sweet memories in common A friend s review urged that one should really take their time in reading this book because once finished the characters would be greatly missed I ve already felt a strong twinge of sadness at saying goodbye ven if only temporarily Like Gabby s mom LindaI m sure I ll revisit this book uite freuently As for the KitchenAid mixer I ve never
been able to xcuse the purchase because I don t bake a lotbut it s still up there on my able to xcuse the purchase because I don t bake a lotbut it s still "up there on my list along with Become a finalist on The Great British Baking Show I am leaving "there on my list along with Become a finalist on The Great British Baking Show I am leaving I can t believe it after spending so much time with them I am now done moving on moving out like Lydgate and Bulstrode and Ladislaw and Dorothea Middlemarch is a state of mind and you can drop it or it can drop you In my case I feel it dropped me for I would have clung on to it ven after turning that 918th page that was the final one Does that make me of a bulstrode then rather than a dorothea well obviously then rather than a Dorothea Well obviously am uite like the Middlemarch men in general feeling there can t be anyone comparable to the wonderfully stubborn and idealistic DorotheaThe gossipers got it all right of course Dorothea was not a nice woman marrying an illusion first and a passion next A nice woman would have married greed first and ambition next and she would have been the most respected woman in town if she kept reasonably stupid and prettyI al. E di due matrimoni infelici indagati da George Eliot nei loro più impercettibili interstizi attraverso lo strumento chirurgico di uno stile spressivo sempre acuminato Il romanzo che permette di comprendere la solidissima fragilità dell'Inghilterra vittoriana.
George Eliot ´ 7 reviewOh the slow burn of geniusI always tread lightly when it comes to using the word genius but there is no way around it hereIt took me a good 200 pages to fully get into the novel and its ornate 19th century turn of phrase but very uickly I was so completely spellbound by its intelligence and wisdom that I couldn t put it downGeorge Eliot s astonishing authorial voice is something to behold It takes the misadventures 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 observationsThe ntire novel feels like a giant lens zooming in and out of human follies with such gusto and Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America empathy that you cannot help but feel privileged to witness the inner workings of people s thoughts and reactions Not only does Middlemarch make you ponder many aspects of our motivations desires aspirations limitations ideals dreams behavior and inclinations but it keeps you on thedge of your seat like a ferocious psychological thrillerThe God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School end will leave you teetering on the brink revisiting all of your personal deep seated assumptions about people what is a successful life what is a good marriage how you measure goodness and your impact on others livesA work of vertiginous beauty This is the best bookver written and why would you Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) 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 uoting 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 Shends up lost in a tomb This is Casaubon the archetypal mansplainer so many facts so little truthSo she leads with this grand male ambition The Key To All Mythologies but she s heading somewhere lse Here s the uote that she s spending 800 pages aiming forThe 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 tombsAnd 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 ffect of very many of us trying to do or less the right thing will be that the world is or less nice A few of us will create great art or live great lives Very many of us will wish we had George Eliot thinks we should settle downPeople are surprised when they find out that I read mostly classics What for they ask It sounds boring What are you getting out of this At its worst it s some kind of Casaubonesue desire to know verything about something I hope there s some kind of cumulative ffect of Foraging for Survival empathy and perspective But this here Middlemarch is the only book I vever read that changed the way I look at my Fragments entire life It teaches me to settle down I m in the process of living faithfully a hidden life here So perhaps are you Coming to terms with that isn t just a lesson it s the lesson right It s the whole game It sither this or buy a convertible and re pierce my ar I read classics in hopes of finding something this good againOkay so the whole game is in here and the funny thing about this being the best book ver is that for the best book ver it is fucking boring There s this whole part like the middle third or so that s frankly deadly It happens about a hundred pages in you ve been having a grand old time with Dorothea and her shitty old husband who can t ven fuck right and all of a sudden Eliot starts introducing new people It s not that they re not great well some of them aren t I m sorry but Mary and Fred are boring But Rosamond She s so awful She s terrific and she very nearly runs off with the book Casaubon is a bad man Rosamond is a bad woman and her damage to Lydgate is much worseRosamond is what Eliot started with in fact that was supposed to be the book She was to be a response to the realist landmark Madame Bovary Eliot decided she needed a counterweight in Dorothea and then I don t know what all lse happened That climactic confrontation between Dorothea and Rosamond for one thing what a scene right Eliot is one of the most compassionate writers and here s where she puts her money down There s this complicated structure she builds pretty Ladislaw the banker Bulstrode an old scandal some surprisingly Victorian plot twists given that Middlemarch is itself a realist landmark Rather talk about doctors than you needed A lot of this stuff is boringThere s a famous uote from Virginia Woolf who called Middlemarch one of the few English novels written for grown up people She called it that despite all its imperfections by the way she thought it was boring too But that s a grown up message that bit about the tombs So here we are right Grown ups living faithfully our hidden lives hoping to find peace with our unremarkableness Here s the peace You gotta make it through a boring part in the middle but at the nd you ll look back and find it was the best thing ver 853 Middlemarch A Study of Provincial Life George EliotMiddlemarch A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by the English author George Eliot first published in ight installments volumes during 1871 72 The novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829 32 and it comprises several distinct though intersecting stories and a large cast of characters Significant themes include the status of women the nature of marriage idealism self interest religion hypocrisy political reform and One Ticket To Texas education 1992 1369 1 626 2 601 9646564178 1379 1383 1387 19 1229 Best Goddamned Book EverSeriously 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 this with love that if you write but you do not love Middlemarch withverything that s
In You Then Stop Writing Yesterday Someyou then stop writing Yesterday Some some faintness of heart at the new real future which replaces the imaginary is not unusual and we do not Helpmate expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual Thatlement of tragedy which lies in the very fact of freuency has not yet wrought itself into the coarse motion 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 suirrel s heart beat and
we should die of that roar which lies on the othershould die of that roar which lies on the other of silence As it is the uickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidityWhen 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 lement for me to mbark 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 xuisite treat than reading this masterpiece of which I Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader enjoyedvery 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 kitchen above the grocery store where my mother worked only having to interrupt reading. Pubblicato a puntate tra il 1871 il 1872 Middlemarch è nel variegato paesaggio del romanzo inglese di fine Ottocento tra i punti più alti mai raggiunti in termini di capacità di rappresentazione della complessità delle psicologie di attenzione uasi d'or. To wash the dishes then plunging again into some fat Russian 19th century novel greedily gobbling up the sentences floating on cloud nine Isn t it odd how memory singles out and connects to some of our Bryozoan Evolution experiences as the most delightful ones of our lives of which we were barely aware when we were living them Needless to say books which are that overwhelming are rare and this novel is such one one that swallowed me whole only desiring to be in the book curling up with the characters I revelled in Eliot s prowess in bringing to life her wondrous characters and particularly in the strength of her women most of the men in the novel seem no match for the women at certain moments some sound like a tenor in an opera who s faint voice renders his nonetheless beautiful lines and alleged heroism at times perhaps somewhat implausible but all the human As so much has been written on this magnum opus I so far have only skimmed through a few of the magnificent hymns readers here have written to this so well loved book and hope to read them thoroughly now having finished the novel and the issues worth analysing seem boundless I feel it couldasily feed my reading group s discussions for a year reading the novel a first time I soon sensed it out of my league to consider writing anything about it and so surrendered to reading instinctively plunging in naked and unarmed floating smoothly on Eliot s fabulous sentences the gentle waves of her Take this for granted Middlemarch will haunt your Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) every waking hour for the duration you spend within its fictional provincial boundaries Atxtremely 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 Silvers Edge effort to clarify newly arisen doubts What did Will mean by that What onarth 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 veryday 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 ngaging suspenseful and readable Profoundly so Despite its dense outlay of character arcs dovetailing into the politics of the community subplots jostling against Going Berserk 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 struggling to hold on to their lofty ideals in the face of sobering reality and suffocating marriagesverything moves at a breakneck speed I never knew when I ran out of pages to tear through There are few happy coincidences here and certainly no deus x machinas to bestow asy resolution on conflicts Characters do not stumble upon gentrified fulfillment accidentally those persecuted because of their lower birth do not magically acuire status and wealth thereby proving beyond doubt that Mary Ann Evans meant to contravene the most fundamental of tropes created by her celebrated contemporaries Instead they wrestle with their own conscience hypocrisies prejudices mortal desires and fatalistic judgments The day to day grind deepens their spiritual crisis derails their noble mission of being a part however insignificant of the progress story of the world at large makes them realize the futility of the individual s struggle against the forces that govern society Some Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America emerge victorious able to cling to the passions and ardors that drive them ahead in life despite the inclemency of their circumstances While others flail and flounder succumbing to the tyranny of material wants and demanding selfish spouses If that s not bitter reality served up on a plate I don t know what isIf I am asked to pick one flaw with the plot and characters I must confess I had considered withholding a star initially because of the book s treatment of Dorothea and the infuriating Ladislaw Dorothea arc which made me want to uit reading out of pure frustration Evans fascination with subjectingvery character s mental makeup to her trenchant irony seemed to Autobiography and Other Writings expirevery time her beloved heroine came into the picture Freuent comparisons with the Virgin Mary and St Theresa and references to her ueenly grace made me skeptical about her credibility as a character of flesh
"and blood in "blood in narrative otherwise populated with believable fallible men and women Is she merely symbolic then of a life dominated by a soul hunger completely immune to the mundane concerns of uotidian living Why must her womanhood be almost deified and worshipped But thankfully Dorothea is salvaged and humanized in the nd when she lets her own romantic passions overpower her altruistic zest 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 Many may disapprove of the choice but if I had to name one book very similar to Middlemarch in thematic content and in terms of a multiple perspective narrative structure set against a modern backdrop then Rowling s The Casual Vacancy comes to mind In fact it is hard not to figure out the connection after having read both books If the slew of unfavorable reviews on GR and lsewhere nipped your interest in the bud I urge you to give it a shot Unworthy of literary immortality as it maybe perhaps it still offers an intricately detailed portrait of a small town and how individual choices shape the destiny of a society Of course it is no Middlemarch as no book Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. ever will be but it is where Rowling shows her true calibre as a novelist And really it is not as horrid as most reviewers made it out to be Far from it I m thoroughlymbarrassed to admit that this book was first recommended to me by my stalker Subseuently I avoided MIDDLEMARCH like the plague because it became associated with this creepy guy who thought the fastest way to my heart was to stare at me follow me home and leave obscene messages on my voice mail Flash forward 2 years when I m purusing yet another of my favorite tomes THE BOOK OF LISTS I m intrigued to see that the one book that consistently turns up on the Ten Favorite Novels list of various authors is you guessed it MIDDLEMARCH With recommendations from James Michener Ken Follett and William Trevor I figured thi Page 97Ugh 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 Wantis making me want 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 asyHere in simplified list form are the reasons I really really want to abandon this book It s verything I hate about Austen boring dialogue and background information Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript endless nattering on about who s marrying whom with none of the dry wit that makes her storiesnjoyable 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 very 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 nd badly which makes it slightly better but come on Eliot Simply put I Dine sociologico all'ambiente sociale il sottotitolo Studi di vita in provincia definisce da subito il contesto Al centro della storia è proprio l'immaginaria cittadina inglese di Middlemarch all'interno della uale si articolano i destini di uattro personaggi. .