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Widely seen as Eliot's greatest work, it is almost unanimously acclaimed as one of the great Victorian era novels. George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans) interweaves the diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community to create a richly nuanced and moving drama. Hailed by Virginia Woolf in The Times Literary Supplement, 1919 as 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.
Brother Jacob is the story of a confectioners apprentice who steals from his mother to emigrate to Jamaica and make his fortune. It is a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading.
Daniel Deronda is the ward of wealthy Englishman, Sir Hugo Mallinger. He falls for the beautiful Gwendolen but a reversal in her family's fortunes sees her marry another and binds her to a different life. Meanwhile, Deronda saves a young Jewish woman, Mirah, and becomes involved in her search for lost family and identity. But a dramatic revelation threatens Deronda's own sense of identity. Romance and realism intertwine in this beautiful book.
An extraordinary story of love and hope set in the early years of the 19th century. Silas Marner is wrongly accused and expelled from his community. He becomes a recluse who lives only to work and hoard his meagre pay. He seems trapped in this small dark life until the arrival of a young orphan sets in motion changes with unknowable consequences. The story was adapted by Steve Martin in his 1994 movie A Simple twist of Fate.
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