Middlemarch- Finished
Monday, March 20, 2006 at 8:50AM
[beastmomma]

The next book club selection is taking us back to the classics. None of us had read this George Eliot novel.  I am taken with the characters, but the novel is very dense and requires intense concentration to get through.  I find myself feeling a bit restless, but also engrossed when I read. Not sure where that is coming from--- but maybe as I get more into it the engagement level will increase.  Beth had given me the book as a birthday present.  However when we compared her version to mine-- hers said that it was edited and mine was unabridged and unedited.  I wonder if that is slowing down my reading.

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Still trudging along. We had our book club discussion this past Sunday. It was good talk about the message and purpose of the book. I also liked learning more about George Eliot's life. How she was actually a pioneering spirit and a bad ass in the way she defied social conventions to make her own path.  I finally made it halfway through the book and was told that it was getting really good.  Last night, I hit a stride with a section that had me on the edge of my seat and feeling like I could not read fast enough.  Unfortunately, that feeling did not last long enough for me to finish the book.

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Last night, July 2, 2006 at about 7pm, I finished the book. I was so glad to be done with it that I could not decide if I liked it.  The literary journey was certainly long and intense.  I did enjoy the last few chapters where I felt like things came together and there were good sentences.  I do feel the absence of the book which is strange because I thought that I would be relieved.  When I think about this book, I believe it will be one of those texts that I am glad to have read but not one that I will remember with particular fondness.

Recommend to a friend: Maybe

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