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In Silas Marner, George Eliot combines humor, jealousy, and rich symbolism within an historically precise setting to create an extraordinary tale of love and hope. This novel explores the issues of redemptive love, the notion of community, the role of religion, and the status of the gentry and family. Eliot concerns herself, as always, with matters of ethics, and it is clear that for her, ethics exist apart from religion. Although it seems like a simple moral story with a happy ending, George Eliot's text is rich with ideas about organized religion, the role of the gentry, and the negative impact of the industrial revolution.
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By Jimmy on 09-20-15
Great classic read well
This is one of those books I was "supposed" to have read in High School. Well, now (about 45 years later) I've finally at least listened to it. What a delightful surprise. Carlton Griffin does an exceptional job reading the book. The voices are distinctive and nothing distracts from the plot. The book is, well, a classic -- and for all the right reasons. Mary Ann Evans (aka George Eliot) was typical of 19th century Victorian literature. There is a lot of prose, but the descriptions of people and the environment rival those of Dickens (my favorite).
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