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This is a major work of literature, and a good introduction to the more challenging Middlemarch.
It's a fascinating story, and a classic. I recommend this book, and especially this amazing performance, to literature buffs.
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First of all let me say, I do not like George Eliot. This was a book club book, so I had to "read" it. I would never have made it through the actual 800+ page book, but Fiona Shaw read it so beautifully, I managed to finish it in time for the meeting. And I must say, this story had more humor than Middlemarch or Silas Marner. (But not up to Jane Austen's standards.) But those stories had a "happy ending" and this one did not. I understand that George Eliot was making a statement about the status of women in Victorian England--I get it, I get it--and she definitely makes you feel the injustice of that system, but does she have to take 800+ pages to do it?
However, if you MUST read George Eliot, you cannot do better than have Fiona Shaw read it to you. She was absolutely perfect. Now I need to listen to her read something I might actually like, such as Emma or Dr. Johnson's London.
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