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The Mill on the Floss (English Edition) par [Eliot, George]
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Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Anne" or "Marian"), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She also wished to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. An additional factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes, with whom she lived for over 20 years. Her 1872 work Middlemarch has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just Made me Hungry 15 avril 2013
Par Cinnamon - Publié sur
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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
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Mill on the Floss 12 février 2013
Par sheenaghs - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eliot's novel is better as an audiobook 1 décembre 2015
Par Joanna D. - Publié sur
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This is supposed to be Eliot's masterpiece after "Middlemarch" (my favorite of her novels) and the closest to a biography: she is the brilliant, under-appreciated, lively Maggie. The story centers around a rural English family at a mill and Maggie, a young, vivacious, intelligent young girl who is overlooked in favor of her duller, and somewhat brutal older brother whom she idolizes. Later, she becomes overly religious after reading Thomas a Kempis' "Imitiation of Christ" (a theme repeated by Dorothea in "Middlemarch") but falls for a young man in a way that results in a disaster for her. All the people around Maggie Tulliver oscillate between brutishly dull and superficial. The drawing of the provincial characters and landscape is as usual, for Eliot, detailed and sometimes with a tongue lightly pressed to her cheek--the same humorous smile we give to any silly but loved family member, for Eliot loved provincial England though her personality and beliefs were far from fitting in.

The way to get through this book, for me, was with the Audible edition, which is admirably produced. Hearing the words and lingering over the sentences rather than skimming the seemingly-dull passages gives you a feel for Eliot's writing and makes you slow down and take time to feel the humor, the sadness, the frustration and the love she puts into this novel. It's still not my favorite, but I have come to admire it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 So different than her other novels... 8 mars 2013
Par E. Strickenburg - Publié sur
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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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