Ah youth, so many shortcuts, so little time, so many missed opportunities to read great books and learn important lessons…
Happy New Year!
Continuing on with the book you see in the picture below by the author whose name I dare not write as doing so appears to make my blog posts ripe for the stealing:
I happily finished this page turner late last night (just before the clock struck 12!). I was able to confirm that the female protagonist in the novel was inspired by the author’s experiences – growing up in relative poverty, she became a voracious reader with access to the books of her father’s employer.
Maggie Tulliver is such a wonderful heroine. Smart, stubborn, caring. As the Tullivers struggle to deal with adversity, Mr. Tulliver becomes ill and much-diminished; Tom hardens, stays true to his Dodson-side and works to repay the debts; and Mrs. Tulliver mourns the loss of her linens. Maggie forswears all that she loves: Phillip, books, music, and friendship – trying to make her way out.
I think the point, similar to the last book I reviewed by this author, is that the worship of money (as Tom does) is expensive. As Eliot observed a rapidly changing world with people torn between the extremes of (for some) increased wealth and (for many) the loss of comfortable norms, she argued for artistic sensibilities and connection. Most of the people in TMonTF hold fast to propriety and family honor (at the cost of actual family and connection) and/or the love of money. With no easy example to follow, Maggie attempts the submersion of self-interest in order to protect those she loves. Ultimately, this fails to make anyone happy and she chooses the love and connection that have always meant the most to her, no matter the cost. I loved this book and very much look forward to Middlemarch.
I wish you all a Happy New Year! Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog – may you have peace and health and love in 2012 and many late nights unable to put down excellent books!
Happy reading, Ruby
** Note that I’ve set up all my Eliot blogs to be watermarked for Turnitin. This special service directly links any plagiarized words to the Turnitin teacher/professor account site – this automatically notifies all teachers and/or professors that any combination of words has been plagiarized and links them to the “mother” site from which the material was copied. I’ve also submitted all my Eliot posts to Turnitin’s archive and set the site up as a subscriber to all my posts so that my posts are automatically listed in the library. Finally, some facts and names MAY have been altered to reveal the dishonest 🙂 .