Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is an 1871 novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. Dorothea Brooke is an idealistic and well-to-do young woman, engaged in schemes to help the lot of the local poor. She is seemingly set for a comfortable and idle life as the wife of neighbouring landowner Sir James Chettam. Meanwhile, Tertius Lydgate, an idealistic young doctor with advanced ideas for medical reform, has arrived in Middlemarch. At the same time, we have become acquainted with Rosamond's university-educated, restless, and somewhat irresponsible brother, Fred, who is reluctantly destined for the Church. These three interwoven narratives are the basis of the novel until well into its final third.
Middlemarch has retained its popularity and status as one of the masterpieces of English fiction. According to some critics "... No writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully". Virginia Woolf gave the book unstinting praise, describing Middlemarch as "the magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people".
The venue, being a hotel bar/lounge area, requires that everyone buy at least one drink each if they are not hotel guests. It doesn't have to be alcoholic, so feel free to get coke/juice/etc. before we start. The group usually heads out for dinner after the meetup so feel free to join in.
We're usually by the "fireplace". If not, look for me.