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sarahbellum
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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With just a couple of hours to spare, I finished Middlemarch in 2022! 🎉 #1001books

Thank you for understanding, @Graywacke , as I dealt with some curveballs that delayed my reading. That middle was a slog, but Eliot‘s sparkling wit and insight came back in full force for the final book and made it worthwhile for me. So glad I decided to give this DNF from college another shot and join you on this journey! #george

Cheers to 2023, everyone! 🥂

vivastory Impressive! 👏👏 1mo
batsy Yay! 🙌🏾 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 well done! I‘ll continue my journey with #george this year. 1mo
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Graywacke Kudos! You did it! And happy new year 1mo
BkClubCare 👏👏👏🎉🌟🎆 1mo
Ruthiella Wow! 🤩 Well done! 👏👏👏 1mo
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Graywacke
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Finally, I finished. 57 days. I would love to say something profound after finally reading one of the most famous Victorian novels. It‘s a smart insightful novel on community, family and marriage with some carefully worked out structure. It‘s playful, humanizing the hero and everyone else with humor. I loved Dorothea. I think Rosamond might have been a key inspiration for Edith Wharton‘s Undine. For some reason I just didn‘t fully take to it.

Graywacke Some thoughts on my mind: it has less literary power than Austen or Dickens, less foundation than Austen (but much more than Gaskell). It‘s gently feminist, but less so than Austen or Wharton, IMO. It‘s a thoughts-out-front sort of novel, another link to Wharton. I suspect Wharton was very much a student of Eliot. It‘s a novel that I enjoy thinking about much more than i did reading it. #george 2mo
kspenmoll Sorry I had to bail on rereading this with you! 2mo
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Graywacke @kspenmoll no worries. Maybe you‘ll get back to it at a better time. 2mo
sarahbellum Great job! I‘m still plugging away, just rather slowly. Life‘s been throwing me some major curveballs lately, so my reading has taken a nosedive the last few weeks. My plan is to finish by the end of the year- less than 300 pages to go! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats!👏 🎉Thank you for the insight/comparisons to the other authors. I‘ve only completed Book 1, and somehow find it difficult to pick up again. Not because of the book, but my state of mind lately. I‘ll probably continue the journey after the holiday season. 2mo
Graywacke @sarahbellum @erzascarletbookgasm i wish you both some life peace and mental zen soon. Sarah - I found these later pages easier reading than everything before. 2mo
bnp Congratulations! I loved this the first time I read it, but have tried a couple of rereads since and not been able to get into it. 2mo
Graywacke @bnp thanks and interesting. I‘m not sure how a reread would go if i were to start soon. It might be better but might not. (edited) 2mo
Ann_Reads Nice review! Maybe you've already read it, but if not, do you think at some point you might tackle 2mo
Graywacke @Ann_Reads I would like to, yes. I haven‘t read it. Middlemarch was my first by Eliot. 2mo
vivastory Impressive 👏👏 I've enjoyed your posts & I hope to read it in the next year or so (there is a Middlemarch street that I drive by a couple of times per week and it always makes me smile) 2mo
Graywacke @vivastory thanks! Hope you find the right time. It‘s a little funny that you have a weekly reminder. 2mo
merelybookish Late to say congrats! And interesting to see your comparisons to the women novelists who came.before and who followed. Eliot was snobby about other women writers. She wrote a famous essay called Silly Novels by Lady Novelists She didn't attack Austen but included Charlotte Bronte and Gaskell in her attack. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish thanks and thanks for mentioning that essay by Eliot. I haven‘t read any Brontes since high school, but I read Gaskel‘s North and South earlier this year, and I have my own rant on it. I suspect I would like what Eliot wrote. 1mo
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sarahbellum
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Finished up book 5 this weekend.

I noticed that Ladislaw kept being referred to as an “Italian with mice” and had no idea what that meant (no footnote about it was in my edition). I took to Google and I wasn‘t the only one miffed by that phrase. Apparently, it was common for Italian immigrants in Victorian times to be street performers with monkeys or mice. So more xenophobia being thrown at Ladislaw. Hoping his is a redemption story! #george

kspenmoll Sorry I am bowing out- could not keep up. 2mo
Graywacke @sarahbellum i was wondering. I finished book vi yesterday. I found book v fast and book vi fast except for an extended (paternalistic?) look at Caleb Garth in one chapter. @kspenmoll - no worries! 👍 (edited) 2mo
sarahbellum @Graywacke oh good to know! I‘m hoping that the Thanksgiving holiday will help me pick up my pace a bit. 2mo
sarahbellum @Kspencer10 Hopefully you‘ll find a time to read this one in the future! It‘s dense, but worth it so far 2mo
Graywacke @sarahbellum i hoping to take advantage of the holiday too. I‘m hoping to finish the last day of November. It‘s possible. 2mo
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sarahbellum
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Hey, #george friends, did you see that Middlemarch was a Double Jeopardy category last week? Didn‘t seem like any of the contestants had read it recently 😅. Full list of answers can be found at the URL in the comments ⬇️

I‘ve slowly been working on book 5 the last few weeks and should be able to finish it by the weekend

Graywacke How cool. Wonder if Casaubon was sufficient, or if the answer required Edward. 3mo
sarahbellum @Graywacke if I remember correctly, they were just looking for Casaubon 3mo
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Graywacke
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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“Having silenced Objection by force of unreason… “

And a happy Sunday morning to all.
#george

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Graywacke
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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(There‘s a little black kitty hidden in there)

I finally finished Book IV (Three Love Problems). It was a bit of a struggle and took 3 weeks, not one. But it certainly has its purpose…well, I imagine. Starting Book V, which has a really fun 1st chapter. #george

Tamra I see that kitty! 😸 (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella That kitty is well camouflaged! 😻 3mo
Ann_Reads Is this a new addition to your kitty family? 3mo
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AlaMich I see one green eye! 😻 3mo
Graywacke @Tamra she says you don‘t 🙂 and @Ruthiella she says exactly, thank you. 🐈‍⬛ 3mo
Graywacke @Ann_Reads hmm, I think we got her in 2013…?? No, not new. (edited) 3mo
Graywacke @AlaMich she opened both eyes for me just a moment, but my snap was too slow. So I only got one (probably slightly irritated) eye. 🙂 Her eyes are yellow in RL. 3mo
batsy Nope, no kitties visible! (😍) 3mo
Graywacke @batsy you‘re now on her good list. 🙂 3mo
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Graywacke
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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It‘s just that this summarized my last couple years of reading… #george

batsy Less conversation and more sonnets, I say! 🙂 3mo
Graywacke @batsy you‘re a classicist at heart 🙂 3mo
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sarahbellum
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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How lovely is this map of Middlemarch?? Credit in comments ⬇️

Finished book 4, Three Love Problems, and now I‘m just over halfway through! 😱 @Graywacke I‘d love your take on which 3 problems the book title is referring to. #george

I‘ll be traveling the next ~2 weeks (first to a conference where I‘ll be presenting 😬, then on to a road trip with one of my best friends), so I have no idea how much reading I‘ll get done the first half of Nov

vivastory This map is fantastic! Safe travels! 3mo
Graywacke 💙💙💙 the map! (And Freshitt make me smile. Sorry.) Wish you well with your presentation/presenting. Cool stuff. And enjoy that road trip. I‘ve stalled out a bit. Too many personal issues. But i will get back to it once i find a normal. 3mo
sarahbellum @Graywacke oh 💯 Freshitt makes me giggle every time it‘s mentioned. Sounds like a week or two of slower reading will work out well for both of us then! Looking forward to touching base when I get back 3mo
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sarahbellum
Middlemarch | George Eliot
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I don‘t often come across the word “batrachian” while reading, so when I stumbled across it in book 4, describing Joshua Rigg, it sparked something in my memory and I knew another character from a book I read recently was also described as being frog-like. After some brain racking and googling, I solved it: Peter Van Degen from The Custom of the Country. Curious to see how similar to Van Degen Joshua turns out to be 🤔🐸 #george #whartonbuddyread

Graywacke We read TCotC recently enough that once Eliot said frog like, my brain immediately looked for that word. I‘m hoping Rigg is a nice guy. (Someone in TVotC read picked up on van degen possibly being short for “degenerate”…actually that someone may have been my iPhone‘s predictive typing. 🙂) 3mo
sarahbellum @Graywacke I remember that too! Fingers crossed Rigg has good intentions 😬 3mo
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