I tried and tried but I just could not get into this book which is unusual for me.
I have never been so sorry for a book to end. I loved the characters, I loved the settings, I loved the plotlines, and most of all, I loved how subtly and elegantly Eliot handles all of them.
When I first started listening to this book, I was apprehensive. I had tried to listen to some "Classics" that I had not read before and generally found them to be intolerable because of the ingrained prejudice. or because of the irritating and pompous narration. However, Middlemarch was a very interesting story. It gives an insight into a social structure long past (fortunately). Although I found that I didn't particularly like any of the characters in the story, it was still interesting to learn about the social mores of the times.
George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann, or Marion, Evans (1819-1880), was the author of several novels including Silas Marner. Middlemarch is considered not only her finest work, but one of the greatest English novels of the 19th century.