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    Upon completion of the The Mill on the Floss, I realized that I had just finished something monumental a staggeringly amazing literary achievement This novel, written by George Eliot Mary Anne, or Marian Evans , and first published by Blackwood and Sons in 1860, could have just as easily been titled, Pride and Prejudice had not that title been put to use already Some twenty four hours after finishing this book, I am coming to the conclusion that Eliot may, in fact, represent the absolute pinnacle of writing in the Victorian Age This is not, in any way, shape, or form, a Silly novel by a Lady Novelist see Eliot s essay Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, Westminster Review, October 1856 This novel is not of the mind and millinery, rank and beauty, or of the enigmatic species This is a novel in the finest tradition of Realism, and I can t help but think that it must have served as some form of inspiration for the later naturalism of Thomas Hardy.This book should really be required reading for parents and brothers and sisters The story of the young Maggie Tulliver, and her relationship with her older brother Tom and her parents is compelling, and is one that we can all relate to on so many levels It warns us that actions, things said, or beliefs instilled upon the young can have profound implications for years to come.I suppose in some respects that The Mill on the Floss can also be considered to be the bildungsroman of Maggie Tulliver as Eliot clearly focuses on the psychological and moral growth of Maggie, her main protagonist, from when she was a little girl until she has become a young adult It is the ability or inability of Maggie to adapt to changes in her own life, and the lives of those she loves around her, that provides the main premise of the narrative In the spirit of full disclosure, I began to fall in love with Maggie early on in the novel, and loved her with each page that I turned.In my opinion, Maggie Tulliver is one of the most engaging and endearing heroines that a reader will encounter in Victorian fiction Eliot s raven haired and dark eyed beautiful creation manages to combine the goodness, sensitivity, and natural curiosity of Elizabeth Gaskell s Molly Gibson the spirit and independence of Charles Dickens s Bella Wilfur and the wit and humor of Jane Austen s Elizabeth Bennet Maggie Tulliver has a heart the size of the sun, nearly as bright, and burns just as hotly She wants to please everyone, all of the time and it is this propensity to love and be loved that leads to her troubles Mostly though, Maggie desires than anything to please her older brother Tom and, in return, to be unconditionally loved by him.We see an example of Maggie s spiritual and emotional maturation in her heart felt and frank discussion with Stephen Guest, a young man who has fallen head over heels in love with her, even though he is essentially promised to Maggie s cousin, Lucy Deane She was silent for a few moments, with her eyes fixed on the ground then she drew a deep breath, and said, looking up at him with solemn sadness O it is difficult life is very difficult It seems right to me sometimes that we should follow our strongest feeling but then, such feelings continually come across the ties that all our former life has made for us the ties that have made others dependent on us and would have cut them in two If life were quite easy and simple, as it might have been in paradise, and we could always see that one being first towards whom I mean, if life did not make duties for us before love comes, love would be a sign that two people ought to belong to each other But I see I feel it is not so now there are things we must renounce in life some of us must resign love Many things are difficult and dark to me but I see one thing quite clearly that I must not, cannot, seek my own happiness by sacrificing others Love is natural but surely pity and faithfulness and memory are natural too And they would live in me still, and punish me if I did not obey them I should be haunted by the suffering I had caused Our love would be poisoned Don t urge me help me help me, because I love you These are the words of a young woman that has finally found herself, and has reconciled the passionate and intellectual sides of her spirit Arguably one of the most eloquent and beautiful passages I ve read in some time.Finally, like Dickens does with the Thames River in his magnum opus, Our Mutual Friend, Eliot weaves the theme of The Floss, the river that binds together the peoples and the landscape of Maggie s world, through the novel with her use of metaphor and allusion, and pastoral description The novel starts with The Floss, and through the course of the book it is always there, relentlessly flowing to the sea In some respects, The Floss represents the things we say, feelings we have, or actions we take that get away from us sometimes flowing past us, becoming irretrievable and lost forever Ultimately, it is this connection with The Floss that Eliot masterfully uses to bring her readers to the close of this magnificent novel culminating in the great climax that finally defeats pride and prejudice and brings Maggie the redemption she longs for.

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    There are characters in literature who are unforgettable Different readers will place different characters in the unforgettable category of course, but I d imagine there are a few characters who would turn up on the lists of a great many readers Anna Karenina, for example, Heathcliff, perhaps, Don Quixote most definitely You ve probably already thought of names to add to the list, world famous literary characters I ve either forgotten about or never heard of, but no matter the exalted status of the characters who might figure on such a list, I m now convinced that George Eliot s Maggie Tulliver could hold her own in the unforgettable stakes which causes me to wonder what it is that makes a character unforgettable Already, looking at my own short list, I see some elements that those characters have in common being different in their thinking and mode of living, and most strikingly, the tragic destiny they share in one way or another though tragic Don Q is memorable for his comic side too and he managed to die safely in his own bed, attended by his faithful Sancho.But back to Maggie Tulliver Out of the many tragic literary characters I ve read about, some of whom are also marked out by difference, why do I place her immediately in the exclusive unforgettable group And why, since she s such a powerful character, didn t Eliot name the book after her, as she did with Romola, Silas Marner, Adam Bede, Felix Holt and Daniel Deronda When I reached the end of the book, I understood Eliot s choice of title better It s actually a very fine title The Mill on the Floss Not only is there a lilting music to it, it also embodies the essence of the story the intense love Maggie felt throughout her life for her childhood home by the river Indeed, there are some beautiful lines about the connections people feel to a place in this book, the thoughts, for example, that Eliot gives Maggie s father, and which could well have been Maggie s thoughts too, at an older age He couldn t bear to think of himself living on any other spot than this, where he knew the sound of every gate door, and felt that the shape and color of every roof and weather stain and broken hillock was good, because his growing senses had been fed on them.Maggie s growing senses are central to the power she holds as a character, and they are the reason she is unforgettable She lives almost as if she had no membrane to shield her nerve endings, she feels every moment of life with huge intensity in great contrast to her extended family, the Gleggs and the Pullets, and their paltry preoccupations with nest eggs and feather mattresses We get an inkling of Maggie s unusual sensitivity at the very beginning of the book which opens with an unnamed narrator dozing in an armchair, dreamily recalling a child seen years before, a little dark haired girl standing by the mill on the river Floss, staring intently into the water Our attention is fixed firmly on dark haired Maggie from that moment, and the narrator s meditation about the swollen river, which begins as a simple description of the water but segues into what could be the thoughts of the child contemplating it, traces the arc of the story in a few simple lines The stream is brimful now, and lies high in this little withy plantation, and half drowns the grassy fringe of the croft in front of the house As I look at the full stream, the vivid grass, the delicate bright green powder softening the outline of the great trunks and branches that gleam from under the bare purple boughs I am in love with moistness, and envy the white ducks that are dipping their heads far into the water here among the withes, unmindful of the awkward appearance they make in the drier world above Incidentally, the narrator then disappears as a character , and we find ourselves in an omniscient narration We never discover who the narrator is, this person who claimed to remember Maggie as a child, but we understand that it is the same narrator nevertheless who continues to tell us Maggie s story because twice in the course of the tale, the narrator gives a sign of his her presence with an I statement, quite like the mysterious way Henry James sometimes slips an I statement into an omniscient narrative So, from the beginning, our attention is on dark haired Maggie, the girl who will later say I m determined to read no books where the blond haired women carry away all the happiness If you could give me some story where the dark woman triumphs, it would restore the balance I want to avenge all the dark unhappy ones. The reader is completely behind Maggie in this desire to see the dark woman triumph And dark haired Maggie does triumph, the river playing an unexpected role in her victory But the terrible irony is that Maggie cannot bear to triumph at the cost of the blond woman s happiness, and the mill and the river become her refuge in the end as they were in the beginning A perfect story with a perfect title.

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    879 The Mill on The Floss, George EliotThe Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot Mary Ann Evans , first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood The first American edition was published by Harper Brothers, Publishers, New York The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the minor River Ripple near the village of St Ogg s in Lincolnshire, England The river and the village are fictional 1989 1368 628 9646736416 1381 .

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    I suspect between this novel and Middlemarch, George Eliot is becoming my favorite nineteenth century novelist I wish she were still alive so that I could write her fan letters.The Mill on the Floss is funny and moving and philosophical Eliot does so many different things well she s witty and detached, and then she writes a love scene that makes your knees go wobbly Middlemarch struck me the same way it s incredibly romantic, and then it does things with that romance, crazy thematic plot things, that sometimes make you feel like the author has punched you in the stomach.I think George Eliot and Joss Whedon would probably get along.The novel is also cool because it s sort of a novel about adultery without actually being about adultery It feels very modern and unflinching, the so because George Eliot actually spent much of her adult life in a happy but socially isolating relationship out of wedlock, so she had perspective on The System.The last couple hundred pages are incredibly intense, perhaps the so because I read them in one go on a very long train ride, most of which was spent on the edge of my not very comfortable seat It s one of those novels whose ending is absolutely unguessable and yet feels vitally important Holy crap, I asked myself, how is this going to end, and will I be able to live a happy and well adjusted life after I finish it I m still working on that happy and well adjusted part The ending well, is it ever an ending Words like mythic and apocalyptic do not give it justice I m still not sure how I feel about it in some ways she gave me just the ending I didn t want, but she did it in such a way that I had to admire Also, it is very, very intriguing and makes me want to write essays about it, which is usually a good thing.Great characters, great plot, great themes A very well rounded novel.

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    Maggie sacrifices love for family loyalty in George Eliot s a.k.a Mary Ann Evans semi autobiographical novel, The Mill on the Floss, published 1860 The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the minor River Ripple near the village of St Ogg s in Lincolnshire, England.In the introduction to the book, A.S.Byatt Editor states No well known novel contains so much of the author s own life as The Mill on the Floss , All the relatives, the humble life, the attic, the marbles and the fishing, the gypsies, the reading and music, the quarrels and affection, the father who loved his little wench all are reflections of her own girlhood She had a brother whom she doted upon and feared, who often thought her foolish and wrong He had refused to see her after she married Lewes, so that we may think of this account of Maggie Tulliver s mistakes as a record of real anguish written by a famous Maggie to an obscure and unforgiving TomWhile Maggie is the main character, the river, representing broader society, and the mill determine the flow and outcome of this tragedy There is never a moment when it can be ignored or forgotten The full impact and brilliance of the book, is hidden in the plot construction, says A.S Byatt Invent such an entanglement of five human fates that a little child s finding refuge from the cold means the failure of one woman s revenge, the innocent happiness of another woman, the rescue of one man from despair, the prevention of disgrace for another, the escape from torment and at the same time the punishment of a third, the suffering of an innocent wife for the selfishness of her husband, the uniting of two sets of destinies No, the plot is a masterly contrivance The story may be fitly called her most perfect work In another review of the book, the person writes Maggie Tulliver is one of the most engaging and endearing heroines that a reader will encounter in Victorian fiction Eliot s raven haired and dark eyed beautiful creation manages to combine the goodness, sensitivity, and natural curiosity of Elizabeth Gaskell s Molly Gibson the spirit and independence of Charles Dickens s Bella Wilfur and the wit and humor of Jane Austen s Elizabeth Bennet Maggie Tulliver has a heart the size of the sun, nearly as bright, and burns just as hotly She wants to please everyone, all of the time and it is this propensity to love and be loved that leads to her troubles Mostly though, Maggie desires than anything to please her older brother Tom and, in return, to be unconditionally loved by him.It is probably one of the most monumentally important books of the nineteenth century, well in cahoots with the subjects in Charles Dickens s novels George Eliot brought a realism to her work which was traditionally only allowed acceptable to male authors The author also addressed sensitive issues, such as marriage and the definition it brings to relationships It is a sad book for two reasons 1 the author had to write under a pseudonym, and 2 the autobiographical story ends up in tragedy, like a typical opera The river Floss, in the end, became the main character that it actually was throughout the book The e book that I ve read, had many flaws, which regularly made the reading really challenging For the life of me, I couldn t figure out what this could mean He s none so full now, the Floss isn t, said Bob, as he kicked the water up before him, with an agreeable sense of being insolent to it Why last ear the m rni inw n m il i nil nn r sheet of wate r, they_was y b tIt r sai3 Tom, whose mind was prone to see an opposition between statements that were really quite accordant, but there was a big flood once, wh en th e Round Pool w as made inEnow there was, cause father says so. However, there were lighter moments, so skillfully created, which made this book a delightful experience I did not want to change or edit any of the text It is pasted here unchanged Maggie loved to linger in the great spaces of the mill, and often came out with her black hair powdered to a soft whiteness that made her dark eyes flash out with new fire The resolute din, the unresting motion of the great stones, gi nng her a dim delicious awe as at the presence of an uncontrollable force the meal for ever pouring, pouring the fine white powder softening all surfaces, and making the very spider nets look like a faery lace work the sweet pure scent of the meal all helped to make Maggie feel that the mill was a little world apart from her outside everyday life The spiders were especially a subject of speculation with her She wondered if they had any relations outside the mill, for in that ease there must be a painful difficulty in their family intercourse a fat and floury spider, accustomed to take his fly well dusted with meal, must suffer a little at a cousin s table where the fly was au naturel, and the lady spiders must be mutually shocked at each other s appearance. Another application of skillful wit It was not everybody who could afford to cry so much about their neighbors who had left them nothing but Mrs Pullet had married a gentleman farmer, and had leisure and money to carry her crying and everything else to the highest pitch of respectability. The unforgettable, but highly complex characters Maggie Tulliver the impetuous, contradictory, and generous young heroine She denies herself knowledge and opportunities in her quest to remain loyal to her family Regarded as wild and gypsy like by most of her respectable relatives, the sensitive and imaginative Maggie does not fit into the provincial society in and near St Ogg s on the River Floss She worships her brother Tom, who judges her harshly and thinks her unreliable She explains herself throughout the book, and summarizes her own actions with these words Many things are difficult and dark to me but I see one thing quite clearly that I must not, cannot seek my own happiness by sacrificing others Love is natural but surely pity and faithfulness and memory are natural too And they would live in me still, and punish me if I didn t obey them I should be haunted by the suffering I had caused Tom Tulliver Maggie s brother Although never quick at school, Tom assumes financial responsibility for the family when he is only sixteen, after the father has lost his mill and home through a series of lawsuits Tom pledges to follow his father in having nothing to do with the Wakem family Edward Tulliver the father of Maggie and Tom and the owner of Dorlcote Mill An emotional and hot tempered man, Tulliver engages in several lawsuits that, in combination with other financial reverses, cause him to lose his mill Tulliver must swallow his pride and work in the mill as the hated Wakem s manager.Elizabeth Tulliver Bessy Edward s wife, proud of her birth as a Dodson and grieved that her husband s temper and improvidence cause her to lose her home and furnishings She is dependent on the advice and opinions of her prosperous sisters Her pleading visit to Wakem inadvertently causes the tragic outcome of the family Excerpts used in this review, comes from this edition Eliot, George, 1819 1880 The mill on the Floss Chicago, New York, Scott, Foresman and company, 1920 iBooks In the end the book deals with art and culture, society and class, gender, compassion and forgiveness, suffering, religion, home, memory and the past, choices, family, and love The Mill On The Floss was undoubtedly a fascinating, often challenging read, due to its length and all the different elements combined in the book However, it was worth all the time dedicated to it.

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    George Elliot is both impressively encyclopaedic from Captain Swing to pedallers and narrowly individual education shaping young people to be able to do nothing in particular in this other tale of provincial life before the Railway Age One lesson here is that Nature repairs her ravages p490 but people don t The fatal flaw of bearing a grudge is passed down from father Tulliver to son Tom so underlining that The days of chivalry are not gone, notwithstanding Burke s grand dirge over them they live still in that far off worship paid by many a youth and man to that woman of whom he never dreams that he shall touch so much as her little finger or the hem of her robe Bob with pack on his back, has as respectful adoration for this dark eyed maiden as if he had been a knight in armour calling aloud on her name as he pricked on to the fight p266 so to Tom jealously guards his inherited grudge against the Wakems for whom it has all been just business.It struck me that Elliot must have been a reader herself and I felt was defining her heroine in relation to a dozen others familiar to mid Victorian readers A Gretna green marriage or life as a teacher not for her girl Neither Villette nor the proper Victorian solution of marriage to the most eligible bachelor that the town has to offer or to the parish priest which itself as we know from Middlemarch is not an ending but only the beginning of a story for a woman of intelligence offer any hope here, Elliot is much meaner with her characters Life for her is work without short cuts The plot of the family prosperity eaten up by a court case struck me as a bit Bleak House, on the downside the eventual ending is foreshadowed very early on making it clear that is only ever going to be semi autobiographical at most Because the provincial girl we know, did grow up to write a secular gospel in her novels as answer to Matthew Arnold s Dover Beach, The sea of Faith may withdraw, but literature covers the naked shingles of the shore Fittingly for a book in which education is a central theme although the educations provided don t match the needs of those taught in a world in which the central concern is to lend out your money at five percent rather than four whenever possible Maggie imagines a cross between sir Walter Scott an Byron as potentially satisfying but maybe Elliot is offering up her own books as an answer to life s problems we have in the vision of the ruined Rhine castles of the robber barons a sense of the insufficiency of medieval attitudes to the honour of debt and repayment in the modern age Times change Does Eliot teach us how to live better lives in these changed times On reflection I don t much like the great flood she uses to close the story just as in the inundation myths it suggests the creator has run out of ideas and can find no way of resolving the narrative having as per above rejected solutions that other authors found acceptable and so has nothing left but for to wash the slate clean Despite proposing herself as the answer to unsatisfactory reading, this iss till an apprentice work in which character is stronger than plot for all that she disapproves of Novalis claiming that character is destiny her story seems to me to bear out his suggestion since none of her characters escape the destiny which their characters point towards within this society.

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    Ah, the classic tale of Maggie Tulliver and the four men she loves How they destroy her, how she destroys them, and how they all end up irredemptively miserable Or dead In most cases, both.So why read it Because it s beautiful Because it opens up your heart and mind in powerful ways Because you will LOVE and truly feel for Maggie Or just because you want to read one of those stories that makes you think, See my life isn t that bad Maggie is amazingly intelligent, but she can t be educated because she s a worthless woman She wants to save her family from financial ruin, but she s uneducated, so she doesn t know how She wants to open herself up to friendship, but family grudges prevent her She wants to follow the man she loves, but in doing so she will betray her best friends and be rejected entirely by her society Pretty much her whole life sucks full of split alternatives No matter what she chooses, she will make herself and others miserable This all proves that George Eliot is a woman capable of Thomas Hardy level depression And yes, George Eliot is a woman don t feel bad, it took me years to figure that out The theme of the story is a struggle between passion personified by Maggie and duty personified by her brother, Tom Maggie absolutely lives and breathes for Tom s love and approval However, if she follows her heart and her passions, her brother rejects her in fact, he literally hates her and tells her so On the other hand, if she stifles her own desires and surrenders her very self to duty, she is miserable And Tom still doesn t give her any credit If there s one literary character I m glad I m not, it s probably Maggie Tulliver.I was introduced to this story when I saw Helen Edmundson s phenomenal play adaptation at the Shared Experience theater in London if you re anywhere near London, PLEASE VISIT THIS THEATER RIGHT NOW Edmundson drew an amazing allegory between Maggie s life and the old fire and water witch trials Centuries ago, some genius came up with a brilliant plan of how to tell if an accused witch was guilty As everyone knows, witches and ONLY witches can float in water Duh So you simply throw an accused witch into the depths of the sea If she floats, she s guilty, and you melt her flesh at the stake However, if she sinks to the bottom and dies choking in water while her lungs collapse, she s innocent Congratulations You ve been absolved Now you can live out your life in wait a second Yeah, I told you these people were geniuses There is no perfect parallel for Maggie s hopeless life filled with impossible alternatives.I honestly can t think of a single thing that could have happened to make this story sadder And the most depressing part of all it s almost entirely autobiographical.I m gonna go cry now.

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    I can t imagine an Eliot book that I wouldn t like, and this one is no exception I don t think I m quite as enthusiastic about it as I am about Middlemarch, but it is still an absorbing read It follows the fluctuating fortunes of a family who occupy a mill on the Floss River I love alliteration The main character, Maggie, is a precocious, imaginative child at the beginning and grows into a lovely, fascinating young woman There are Eliot s usual philosophical observations on human behavior, as insightful as always As usual, Eliot holds up for scrutiny various aspects of familial relationships and societal s The parent child relationship is important, but the one really examined in this novel is the sibling relationship The relationship between Maggie and her brother Tom is always at the forefront since Maggie adores her brother and strives for his approval for the length of the story Offsetting this are the strong bonds between Maggie s mother Mrs Tulliver and her sisters, and that of Mr Tulliver and his sister Both Mr and Mrs Tulliver s siblings play a big part in the story, especially Mrs Tulliver s She comes from the close knit and very proper Dodson clan, and they are deeply involved in each others lives The question arises of how far loyalty should go for a sibling who has made choices of which one disapproves, how much personal sacrifice does one make to save that sibling from the consequences of his or her bad choices SPOILER When Maggie s family is wiped out financially, she stumbles onto a book that introduces the concept of self sacrifice to her, and she latches onto this philosophy with a fervor This shift in focus away from personal joy to the joy of helping others helps sustain her, but, being Maggie, she carries it to extremity She becomes willing to sacrifice her entire future and any personal happiness to avoid bringing pain to those she cares about I loved Maggie, but her penchant for self sacrifice became frustrating to me Maggie loves Philip, but not in a romantic way He loves her and wants to marry her, though, so she regards herself as spiritually promised to him At the same time, she refuses to actually marry him because doing so will make her brother unhappy Then Maggie meets Stephen, the almost fiance of her beloved cousin Lucy Despite their struggles to avoid it, they fall desperately in love with each other I found the knotty problem this presented very interesting Maggie and Stephen impulsively elope, but Maggie has second thoughts and cannot live with the guilt of the pain her marriage will cause Lucy and Philip The question then arises what should Maggie and Stephen do once they have fallen in love with each other Which is morally reprehensible to stay quiet and marry people they don t love out of obligation and pity, or admit their feelings, express remorse for the pain caused by this turn of fate, and free their partners to find true love, not just the appearance of it I have to admit, I m not sure I would have had the strength of will to deny my feelings, especially after the elopement had taken place and it would be clear to everyone what the true situation was At that point, the pain had already been dealt Both Lucy and Philip would know Maggie and Stephen s true feelings Once they know that, I m not sure the question of whether or not they had consummated their love, or even married, would matter as much How could Lucy take Stephen back even if he asked, knowing that he actually loves Maggie How can Philip still press Maggie into marriage, knowing that she loves Stephen It s quite a touchy situation, with no easy solution.I wasn t crazy about the ending I knew that there would be no happy ending Maggie s own nature, her propensity for metaphorical self immolation, precluded that I read a review that attributed Maggie s and Tom s fates to the timelessness of nature, and how the power of nature forms a proper context for the pettiness of human problems, and I can definitely see that But there was also a gnawing sense of a cop out Maggie was on a precipice with nowhere to go She still desperately loves Stephen, but cannot allow herself to be with him Yet he has written her a pleading letter that draws her against her will She is ruined in the town she is not acknowledged by anyone of social consequence, her employer has been driven to fire her due to public opinion, and no one else will hire her Despite all this, she wants to stay close to her family and home, which means either leaving or staying will mean misery for her What to do with her Have her die in a flood However, I feel that I lack the literary talent to question the ending chosen by one of the best writers in the Western Canon, so I bow to Eliot s superior literary sense.Despite my dissatisfaction with the ending, Eliot s writing is always a treasure trove of beautiful prose and astute observations on the human condition Highly recommended

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    4.5Funny how the title of a book can put you off reading it, making it sound boring, especially to your younger self, and how that preconception can stick with you through the years I felt that way about Cather s Death Comes for the Archbishop until I finally read some Cather and I felt that way about this title A mill as a main character And what in the world is a floss The mill is a driving force, yet Maggie is the main character and it s easy to see the young girl as the portrait of a young Eliot Her love of and pride in her reading is tolerated condescendingly in the community an intelligent woman is not a good thing, as even her proud father makes plain to her From early on, one senses the doom that hangs over Maggie, a female dissatisfied with the limits of provincial life, yearning for , while fiercely loving her home and her family A passage about books and reading and a millworker not wanting to know anything of fellow creatures in the wider world had me thinking about Eliot s continuing relevance, though she is not mocking this man Eliot is empathetic toward all her characters, telling and it is telling, not showing, in that 19th century literature way the reader than once not to think too poorly of this or that character, even one I inwardly sighed over every time she appeared Though the ending is beautifully written, and I realize it s of its time period, I was disappointed with it, especially with whom Maggie s fate is ultimately tied to, as I found the description out of that person s character, though true to Maggie and to the novel s theme.I can t speak to Death Comes for the Archbishop I still haven t read it but if I d read The Mill on the Floss as a young adult, I have a feeling it would ve been as precious to me as Maggie s few books were to her.

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    It took me a while to get into this novel This was not a surprise I remember that it took a long time for my eighteen year old self to fall in love with Middlemarch a study of provincial life, but fall in love with it I did And so it was with this book I knew that it was a well written novel from the first paragraph But eventually I went from appreciating Eliot s skill as a writer to adoring what she had written Maggie Tulliver is a simply wonderful heroine Intelligent, passionate, desperate to love and to be loved, she grabs the reader s attention from the start and never lets go She is complicated and flawed and very real so much real in her longing and pain than any other Victorian heroine who currently comes to mind The other characters both major and secondary are also well drawn Some of them may be silly, misguided, obstinate or selfish, but they are very human and very real Eliot s writing is a delight It is dense but satisfyingly easy to read and once the reader finds its rhythms, the prose is as wonderful as the characters it brings to life While profoundly dramatic and moving, the novel is not all high emotion Eliot balances light and shade and darker scenes are often followed by moments of laughter In addition, Eliot s satire of family relationships and social conventions is as biting as anything written by Austen Fans of literary love letters will find an amazingly beautiful example in Chapter 56, which in itself is almost worth reading the book for.I started reading this novel as an e book, but after I had read about a third of it, I decided to switch to an audiobook narrated by British actress Eileen Atkins This was a very good move there is something about a well narrated Victorian novel which I find particularly compelling Overall, this was an amazing read How happy I am that it has come so early in the year This is currently a group read for the Readers Review Literature from 1800 to 1910 and the group discussion has been interesting and stimulating.