Salvaged from initial public indifference, Middlemarch is now widely regarded as one of the greatest (and lengthiest) novels written in English.
Whether you identify with the erring indulgence of Fred Vincy; the altruism of Dorothea; the avarice of Bulstrode; the single-mindedness of Lydgate; or the downright loveliness of Mr. Farebrother, there is something for everyone in this tapestry of rural 19th-century England.
Quite simply, it's a must read.
- To borrow the words of Virginia Woolf, it is 'one of the few English novels written for grown up people'.
- Four sumptuously crafted story lines run alongside each other, with the backdrop of provincial Middlemarch almost a character in its own right.