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Middlemarch

Middlemarch by George Eliot
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The book examines the role of education in the lives of the characters and how such education and study has affected the characters. Rosamond Vincy’s finishing school education is a foil to Dorothea Brooke’s religiously-motivated quest for knowledge. Rosamond initially admires Lydgate for his exotic education, and his intellect. A similar dynamic is present in Dorothea and Casaubon’s relationship, with Dorothea revering her new husband’s intellect and eloquence. In both cases, however, the young wives’ expectations of their husbands intellects are not reflected in reality.

Despite extreme erudition, Mr. Casaubon is afraid to publish because he believes that he must write a work that is utterly above criticism. In contrast, Lydgate at times arrogantly flaunts his knowledge, making enemies with his fellow physicians. He regards the residents of Middlemarch with a certain amount of contempt stemming from his belief that the townspeople are backwards and uninteresting. However, his education has not included tact and politicking, skills necessary in a small town but are seen by Lydgate as below him, the brilliant doctor.
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Middlemarch

By

George Eliot

New York and Boston

H. M. Caldwell Company Publishers

To my dear Husband, George Henry Lewes, in this nineteenth year of our blessed union.

CONTENTS

BOOK I

CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III CHAPTER IV CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI CHAPTER VII CHAPTER VIII CHAPTER IX CHAPTER X CHAPTER XI CHAPTER XII

BOOK II

CHAPTER XIII CHAPTER XIV CHAPTER XV CHAPTER XVI CHAPTER XVII CHAPTER XVIII CHAPTER XIX CHAPTER XX CHAPTER XXI CHAPTER XXII

BOOK III

CHAPTER XXIII CHAPTER XXIV CHAPTER XXV CHAPTER XXVI CHAPTER XXVII CHAPTER XXVIII CHAPTER XXIX CHAPTER XXX CHAPTER XXXI CHAPTER XXXII CHAPTER XXXIII

BOOK IV

CHAPTER XXXIV CHAPTER XXXV CHAPTER XXXVI CHAPTER XXXVII CHAPTER XXXVIII CHAPTER XXXIX CHAPTER XL CHAPTER XLI CHAPTER XLII

BOOK V

CHAPTER XLIII CHAPTER XLIV CHAPTER XLV CHAPTER XLVI CHAPTER XLVII CHAPTER XLVIII CHAPTER XLIX CHAPTER L CHAPTER LI CHAPTER LII CHAPTER LIII

BOOK VI

CHAPTER LIV CHAPTER LV CHAPTER LVI CHAPTER LVII CHAPTER LVIII CHAPTER LIX CHAPTER LX CHAPTER LXI CHAPTER LXII

BOOK VII

CHAPTER LXIII CHAPTER... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 4, 2013
Do yourselves a favor, read this wonderful book, enjoy every word on every page, but do not subject yourself to this recording.
February 13, 2013
Chapters 16-20 are almost impossible to listen to. The unfamiliarity of the reader with American English pronunciation makes it tedious to listen to. In the future, I would hope that readers are more carefully vetted....although they are volunteers...for which I, and I am sure all listeners, are truly grateful.
Reviewer: - March 31, 2009
Subject: My sentiments exactly
The reading, of which there are many chapters, by the non−native−English speaker made her chapters a true trial to listen to. Pity, as I'm sure her intentions were good but she rather overreached by reading in a language with which she is probably familiar as a reader but certainly not a speaker.
Reviewer: - November 21, 2008
Subject: Disappointed
There were a couple of problems with this recording. First, one of the readers −− who read a significant number of chapters −− is clearly not a native English speaker. While I was able to get used to her accent after a few chapters, her frequent mispronunciations were grating and almost led me to give up on the book. Second, a number of chapters were recorded at rather low volumes, making it difficult to hear the reader if you're in a place with lots of ambient noise (gym, subway, etc.).


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