Middlemarch by George Eliot

middlemarchMiddlemarch is a Victorian-era novel written by George Eliot, who was actually a girl. Specifically, he was Mary Anne Evans, a well-educated nineteenth-century writer and thinker who suffered from depression and lived scandalously with a married man for twenty years.

Middlemarch follows about two or three years in the history of Middlemarch, a small English country town somewhere in the middle of England. Most of the town’s inhabitants are tradesmen. The novel is very long, quite complicated and filled with characters and sub-plots in the style of a Russian classic (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky). Unlike a Russian classic, however, there is little high drama. The characters frequently experience great feeling but they remain impeccably mannered; you can almost hear their well-modulated voices. Continue reading