Middlemarch by George Eliot


By George Eliot

  • Release Date: 1874-01-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
Score: 4.5
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Making masterful use of a counter pointed plot, Eliot presents the stories of a number of denizens of a small English town on the eve of the Reform Bill of 1832. The main characters, Dorothea Brooke and Tertius Lydgate, each long for exceptional lives but are powerfully constrained by their own unrealistic expectations as well as conservative society. The novel is notable for its deep psychological insight and sophisticated character portraits.


  • A classic for sure

    By Geek for Christ
    A classic of literature far ahead of its time!
  • The Best, With Typos

    By TopSkier
    Middlemarch is the greatest novel in the English language. However, this edition contains a disconcerting number of typographical errors.
  • Middlemarch

    By Joannalan
    A terrific read. Even though it was written about two hundred years ago, its characterization of human nature is just as true today. Recommend highly.
  • Middlemarch

    By marthanuova
    One of the best - still relevant. MIddlemarch does not disappoint
  • Middlemarch

    By Djangleville
    I am the least qualified individual to write a review of this, or any, book. However, I can't resist. This is the most beautifully written book that I have read in a long while. I am 61 years old and have been a reader all my life. The novel has been reviewed hundreds of times because it is so magnificent. The month that I have spent with this book has been so wonderful. Read it. If you want to know why, read one of the competent reviews written about it. They don't come close to the experience of actually reading it, just so you know!
  • Wow!

    By djmirk
    What an amazing novel! The last line says it all, but you have to weave through a dizzying array of characters and plots to get there. I read this in college, enjoyed it, and have always carried the professor's advice to read it again in middle age. Now, I have dutifully and gratefully completed by final college assignment almost thirty years later. Many will say the book is too long or boring, but we who have read it can see that they just don't get it.
  • Typos

    By kpeaob
    While I appreciate that this download was free, there are far too many typos. George Eliot would be irritated.
  • One of the best Victorian novels

    By Baker Player
    Yes, it's long and it contains references to English Reform Bills and the like which Americans may find obscure, but "Middlemarch" is rich in wonderful characters, wisdom, wit and beautifully written prose. As with all great novels, you become very attached to the characters, who, despite how different their lives are from our modern lives, are so full of human folly and nobility that you don't want your acquaintance with them to end. A masterpiece.
  • Middlemarch

    By Pinkpanzer
    This time in reading Middlemarch I particularly noticed the issue we all face when dating and contemplating marriage and that is that we take what we know of a person and what we feel we can expect out of life and we paint a picture that is never fulfilled as we envisioned it. The people in this book honored their covenant made in marriage despite their unhappiness. That is no longer a usual occurrence. George Eliot writes magnificently.
  • A Masterpiece that Pulls at one's Heart

    By The Lost Youth
    One of the most compelling books I've ever read- the descriptions of the characters in their social setting and the deep psychological descriptions left me continually experiencing joy to be immersed in the heart rending situational circumstances. The characters one comes to know intimately through their trials and tribulations are priceless. George Eliot brings to life individuals of great evil, but also human beings whose actions provide a beacon to lead us mortals to aspire to greatness. I highly recommend this book!