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The Mill on the Floss (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

George Eliot

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 348 pages
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just Made me Hungry 15 avril 2013
Par Cinnamon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I am a very good customer of Amazon's. At any one time, I can buy tons of books. To paraphrase an old saying, my eyes are bigger than my time in which to read. Therefore, I have developed a strict buying pattern: All purchases must contain one contemporary book on any subject, one book from a list of some sort and one book considered literature. For unexplained reasons, I expected "The Mill on the Floss" to be well written but ponderous. This erroneous expectation was reinforced by the size of the book, 600 pages. Since I had bought it, I decided to soldier on despite the fact that it would undoubtedly be dull.

Was I surprised. Not only was the book a quick-read, it was fun, exciting and thoroughly different from many other Victorian love stories I have read. Maggie, our heroine, was as plucky, smart and beautiful as one would expect. However, be that as it may, Elliot surrounds her with multi-leveled characters. Even those who are merely extras meant to move the plot or explain society's attitudes have depth. While they are meant as background, still they think and act surprisingly. One could describe them as 3D wallpaper.

I was unable to predict the paths the plot would take. While I love Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, in their books a reader knows who will come to a bad end, who will take the high road, and which characters will end up as a couple at the end of the book. Not so in this novel. Moreover, Elliot's ideas are shockingly modern. Perhaps I should not have used that adjective because not only were the author's books considered shocking in her day, Elliot, herself, shocked the society in which she lived. In addition to the fact that she took a man's name so that her books would sell, she lived for years with a married man. Her life "in sin" lead to an estrangement with her brother. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that her thoughts on relationships would fit in with the morality of today. I was lucky enough to have an introduction which informed me that "The Mill on the Floss" was more than a little autobiographical. Hence, the intensity of love Maggie feels for a variety of people rings very true.

Other reviewers have talked about the plot so there is no need for me to venture in that direction. This book contains sadness and happiness, desperation and triumph, cruelty and kindness. Of course, there is love of all kinds, romantic, parental and filial. Even love between friends is explored. The books ends with action. I held my breath while reading this section, felt sad when things went badly for Maggie and was overjoyed when something good happened to her.

Quite simply, it is a very good read. I found one problem: I rarely reread a book. However, I enjoyed this book so much that I am hungry for not only those books of Elliot's I have never opened but also "Middlemarch", which I read years ago. This time my hungry eyes lead me to a feast. I'm glad I took the time to consume it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than I remembered from school 19 avril 2013
Par Mrs Marion E Walker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I can remember reading this the year before 'o' levels at school and I was obviously too young then to appreciate what a good piece of literature this is. Essentially a love story, it gives a fab insight into rural 'society' of the times and explores the differences in personalities between a straight-laced brother and his more intelligent, free spirited sister, both operating under the constraints of a moralistic society. It's a book well worth reading
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fascinating Classic 20 avril 2013
Par L. M. Keefer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Our library fiction book group read this classic novel, and most of us enjoyed it. Some preferred it to MIDDLEMARCH, which we also read written by the same author. I preferred MIDDLEMARCH, and attempted to discern the reasons why. In the beginning of this novel, many chapters are spent on young Maggie, the protagonist, and her brother Tom when they were children. As a writing instructor told me, if you make your protagonist a child, you are limiting a lot of the thought to a child's mind and perception. This childhood perspective may not be as interesting to adult readers as an adult's perspective.

It seems the author, George Eliot, was processing memories of her childhood and her own troubled relationship with her own brother Isaac. Some of the experiences which Maggie and Tom experienced in this book Eliot actually experienced as a child. It is known as the most autobiographical of her books. Her brother later disowned her when she lived with a married man who couldn't divorce his wife. Her brother only contacted her eight months before her death. This was after the first man that she loved and lived with had died. And it was after she had married a different man. Her love was now 'legitimate' and sanctioned by society.

In this story, Maggie grows up denying her heart. She can't marry the man she loves. It seems that Eliot, who didn't deny her heart, and lived with the man she loved, was showing Victorian society what happens when a young woman lives according to society's conventions. (Interestingly George Eliot was born the same year as Queen Victoria in 1819.) As one character said, denying your heart is like a self-suicide. I think Eliot was trying to show when we deny what's right for us, for others' sake, we commit a kind of suicide.

Our group commented on appreciating the brilliant intellect behind the writing. Some of the writing is sublime. I enjoyed the author's description of British history before 1800. We especially loved the aunts she created as characters who apparently were inspired by Eliot's own aunts. Eliot's sly humor also entertains. She was accomplished at illustrating forbidden love many in our group commented.

If the author had been in a writing group, and asked for our advice, some of us would have recommended to her to shorten the childhood experiences, and write more about Maggie's experiences as a young woman. The more adult issues there were more fascinating. Some of us thought it took too long to get to them.

Still, this novel is a wonderful read, and full of a sense of the times and thought in the early 1800's which is the setting for the novel. If you haven't read George Eliot, and would enjoy reading about some childhood experiences set in the early 1800's along with a more mature story, this novel may be of interest.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Mill on the Floss 12 février 2013
Par sheenaghs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book was beautifully written with many twists to the tale. The pace of the action, the language and atmosphere in the story reflect the era it was written and so richly portrays. George Eliot reveals herself to be a wonderful observer, with a dry wit and a 'reactionary' to the roles society enforced upon women. Her keen eye gives life to simple details such as flour covered spiders or the volumous attire of the ladies of a certain standing in society.
This book, although written so long ago has the ability to keep us 'on our toes' and, at times, reflects prejudices that still hold true today. The sadness,tragedy and humour all combine to make a great read and I would highly recommend this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 So different than her other novels... 8 mars 2013
Par E. Strickenburg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The more I read by George Eliot, the more impressed I am by her versatility as an author. I read Silas Marner first, and it struck me as a sweet sentimental story about the redemption that can come from childlike love. Then I read Middlemarch, and I was struck by the wide variety of characters -- how vivid they all were, and how different they all were from each other. I was also struck by George Eliot's insight into relationships -- especially the "silent struggles" that can come into marriages.

So I shouldn't have been surprised to find that Mill on the Floss differed greatly from either of the other two I'd read, but I was. Instead of an embittered old man or middle and upper class women struggling in their marriages, I found a bright and mischievous young girl being raised in an uneducated and financially struggling family, surrounded by aunts and uncles who seemed straight out of a Jane Austen novel in all their annoying glory. I related so much with Maggie in her joys and her struggles, and I continued to fall more in love with George Eliot's lovely prose sprinkled with moments of dexterous wit.

* Spoiler Alert *

But the fact that this novel ends in tragedy hit me from left field. After my previous encounters with George Eliot, I thought I could rely on a happy ending -- or at least a bittersweet ending with hope of some sort of redemption. So after spending the last 50 pages or so biting my nails in anticipation of how everything could manage to pull together by the end, I felt somewhat betrayed at the end. Looking back, I can somewhat see the logic of it. But I also feel like I should read it again, knowing the ending in advance. In some ways I think I would find it to be a very different novel.
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