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Middlemarch by George Eliot


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".

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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.

 

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  • B M.

    Good discussion but merits another follow up , maybe with proposed study questions

    May 22, 2014

    • B M.

      Oops. Sept or October

      1 · May 23, 2014

    • Ann

      October would be great. Am ordering the Norton Annotated version in hopes of getting more from the book.

      May 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm on deadline so the new date didn't work out for me. Hope to meet you all next time.

    May 20, 2014

  • gale

    hi guys, like new Nook with case, screen protector still in box needs new home, b/o.

    May 20, 2014

  • Jiwoo Jessica K.

    I was really looking forward to this meetup, but unfortunately I have to work that night :( hope to see you next time!

    May 16, 2014

  • Ann

    Dennis, looks like there's going to be a Crowd. Who knew this would bring 'em in?

    May 16, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Sorry, in the middle of another lengthy book right now.

    May 9, 2014

  • Robert

    So sorry, but I had to change my RSVP to no. I can't seem to get into it. It's wonderful writing and the characters are so interesting, but I'm only 200 pages in, and there's no way I'll finish the rest by the time you get together. Have a great session!

    May 7, 2014

    • Ann

      Please come anyway. You might try watching the six hour BBC version from Netflix.

      1 · May 7, 2014

    • Dennis T.

      Yes, please do. As long as you don't mind spoilers that is.

      May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rats! I volunteer on the new date- can't make it.

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I can't make the modified date. Have a great discussion!

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dennis, are you still planing to change the date of Middlemarch discussion to move it away from Memorial Day?

    March 28, 2014

    • Dennis T.

      Thanks for reminding me, I just changed it to May 20th.

      March 29, 2014

  • Ann

    Am reading "My Life in Middlemarch" at the same time which is by a woman who finds many parallels to her life as well as many ways in which the book helped her along.

    March 15, 2014

  • Ann

    Glad to have the extra time as I really vastly prefer listening than reading this one. Now I can indulge myself.

    March 10, 2014

  • John

    "New Republic" magazine article titled "George Eliot's Strangely Modern Life". Article is a review of a bio of Eliot that includes much about "Middlemarch".

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116680/rebecca-meads-my-life-middlemarch-and-george-eliots-modernity

    February 22, 2014

  • Cantata

    Dennis,
    Yet another great choice of books!

    1 · January 15, 2014

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