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( Download Ebook ) ⚷ Middlemarch ⚡ Taking place in the years leading up to the First Reform Bill of , Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships Among her characters are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature Dorothea Brooke, the heroine, idealistic but naive Rosamond Vincy, beautiful and egoistic Edward Casaubon, the dry as dust scholar Tertius Lydgate, the brilliant but morally flawed physician the passionate artist Will Ladislaw and Fred Vincey and Mary Garth, childhood sweethearts whose charming courtship is one of the many humorous elements in the novel s rich comic vein The Lost Boys: A Family Ripped Apart by War Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life art The Sizzling Spanish (Horrible History Magazines, religion Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting science Ya no quedan junglas adonde regresar politics Pure Genius : Dan Sullivan's Lifetime Focusing System for Total Self-mastery self 0range / Koji Morimoto / Scrapbook society Play Dirty human relationships Among her characters are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature Dorothea Brooke Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones the heroine Silent Missions idealistic but naive Rosamond Vincy Monks and Love in Twelfth-Century France: Psycho-Historical Essays beautiful and egoistic Edward Casaubon Beard with Me the dry as dust scholar Tertius Lydgate Family Values the brilliant but morally flawed physician the passionate artist Will Ladislaw and Fred Vincey and Mary Garth Clinical Psychopathology childhood sweethearts whose charming courtship is one of the many humorous elements in the novel s rich comic vein I am leaving Middlemarch 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 even after turning that 918th page that was the final one Does that make meof a Bulstrode then, rather than a Dorothea Well, obviously I am quite like the Middlemarch men in ge I am leaving Middlemarch 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 even after turning that 918th page that was the final one Does that make meof a Bulstrode then, rather than a Dorothea Well, obviously I am quite like the Middlemarch men in general, feeling there can t be anyone comparable to the wonderfully stubborn and idealistic Dorothea The 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 pretty.I always feel a bit sorry for my immediate environment when I read one of the big novels for the first time, for just like Dorothea, I find it hard to play the nice and pretty and detached part that decorum expects of a lady reader I live and breathe the book, and I get angry and frustrated and annoyed with the course the story takes I have spent evenings muttering about Bulstrode, and mornings yelling at Rosamond, the female nightmare that the 19th century prided itself in creating as an expensive form of decorative art for conventional society all art is quite useless, said a wild and wise man I have worried with Fred and scolded with Mary, and felt for Farebrother, and told Lydgate to dump his wife and run.I have meddled with Mrs Cadwallader, telling her that HER meddling is going in the wrong direction, and that she is setting up people for unhappiness and failure And I have wondered at the genius of George Eliot, who must have been the most intelligent and perceptive person within the country she called home And I have wondered how lonely she must have felt as a result of that great mind she carried around in that deeply misogynistic and conventional society.How must the Rosamunds of her environment have suffocated her How must the very concept of matrimony and conventionality have struck her as a road to hell In Dorothea s brave words, her insight shines through Marriage is so unlike everything else There is something even awful in the nearness it brings And as the novel comes to a close, one wonders a bit if Dorothea ever felt a pang of regret that she married twice, nice or not nice as her matches may be called One wonders if that second marriage wasn t the greatest sacrifice of all, and not because of the lost fortune, but because of the destructive principle she recognised herself Bound to a man by the disapproval of society, would the passion stay, or would conventional awfulness take its place Who knows George Eliot herself only knows why she made Dorothea respectable rather than a free spirit in the end For after all, the whole novel is about suppressed sex An affair or two would have cured that nicelyBest of the best, and that s my blooming rage speaking in rankings I m thoroughly embarrassed to admit that this book was first recommended to me by my stalker Subsequently, 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 N I m thoroughly embarrassed to admit that this book was first recommended to me by my stalker Subsequently, 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 this was a book worth reading.What a beautiful surprise Nobody depicts the depth and breath of society better than George Elliot She shows both how people are shaped by their times and vice versa Add to this an intriguing story of Dorothea Brooke, a well meaning woman who wants to make a positive mark on the world Despite her best intentions, Dorothea soon learns that the world will go on, with or without her help This book is a sobering lesson for dreamers like myself who are always pondering, How can I make a difference After reading MIDDLEMARCH, I suspect George Elliot would answer, Stop taking yourself so seriously and get on with your life Nobody wants your help, so mind your own business A refreshing attitude, particularly in this self important culture.So, long story short If someone starts stalking you, change your phone number File a complaint with human resources Get a restraining order But before you do, be sure to ask el nutjob for some book and movie recommendations Because chances are, after obsessively watching your every move, this freak probably knows you better than you know yourself 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 this with love, that if you write, but you do not love Middlemarch with everything that s in you, then stop writing Yesterday. 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 m 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 only does Middlemarch make you ponder many aspects of our motivations, desires, aspirations, limitations, ideals, dreams, behavior and inclinations but it keeps you on the edge of your seat like a ferocious psychological thriller.The 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 lives.A work of vertiginous beauty