Silas Marner

Silas Marner George Eliot s tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood Silas Marner is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics Wrongly accused of theft

  • Title: Silas Marner
  • Author: George Eliot
  • ISBN: 9780553212297
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • George Eliot s tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood, Silas Marner is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics.Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money ButGeorge Eliot s tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood, Silas Marner is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics.Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life His fate, and that of Eppie, the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past Silas Marner, George Eliot s favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.This text uses the Cabinet edition, revised by George Eliot in 1878 David Carroll s introduction is complemented by the original Penguin Classics edition introduction by Q.D Leavis.Mary Ann Evans 1819 80 began her literary career as a translator, and later editor, of the Westminster Review In 1857, she published Scenes of Clerical Life, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of George Eliot , including The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda.If you enjoyed Silas Marner, you might like Nathaniel Hawthorne s The Scarlet Letter, also available in Penguin Classics I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author s works It is nearly a masterpiece it has of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect which marks a classical work Henry James

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    In 1819, novelist George Eliot nee Mary Ann Evans , was born at a farmstead in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, where her father was estate manager Mary Ann, the youngest child and a favorite of her father s, received a good education for a young woman of her day Influenced by a favorite governess, she became a religious evangelical as an adolescent Her first published work was a religious poem Through a family friend, she was exposed to Charles Hennell s An Inquiry into the Origins of Christianity Unable to believe, she conscientiously gave up religion and stopped attending church Her father shunned her, sending the broken hearted young dependent to live with a sister until she promised to reexamine her feelings Her intellectual views did not, however, change She translated David Strauss Das Leben Jesu, a monumental task, without signing her name to the 1846 work After her father s death in 1849, Mary Ann traveled, then accepted an unpaid position with The Westminster Review Despite a heavy workload, she translated Ludwig Feuerbach s The Essence of Christianity, the only book ever published under her real name That year, the shy, respectable writer scandalized British society by sending notices to friends announcing she had entered a free union with George Henry Lewes, editor of The Leader, who was unable to divorce his first wife They lived harmoniously together for the next 24 years, but suffered social ostracism and financial hardship She became salaried and began writing essays and reviews for The Westminster Review Renaming herself Marian in private life and adopting the nom de plume George Eliot, she began her impressive fiction career, including Adam Bede 1859 , The Mill on the Floss 1860 , Silas Marner 1861 , Romola 1863 , and Middlemarch 1871 Themes included her humanist vision and strong heroines Her poem, O May I Join the Choir Invisible expressed her views about non supernatural immortality O may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence D 1880.Her 1872 work Middlemarch has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.More enpedia wiki George_Ec history historic.annica EBchecked tctorianweb victorianography people georgpbs wgbh masterpiece d

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    • Dear Ms Park,I finally finished reading Silas Marner. Yes, I know you assigned it during my sophomore year in high school, but I didn't finish it until this past February. I know I passed the test you gave us on the story and I even made a passing grade on the paper that I wrote about the story. But I have to confess that it was Jake D.'s Classic Illustrated Comics version of the story that allowed me to make those grades. Poor Jake. Even after reading the comic book from cover to cover he still [...]

    • Michael Sorensen

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:00 AM)

      When I was a teen, I heard that Silas Marner was a horrid old book about a rotten old miser and that I never wanted to read it. My Thanks to modern day Steve Martin who has updated several classics (ie Cyrano de Bergerac's 'Roxane') and 'Silas Marner' with modern movies that beautifully hold true to the books. The Movie was "A Simple Little Wish" and it was a beautiful story of a man and a child he adopts. In the credits I saw that the movie was based on 'Silas Marner'. At that point I had to re [...]

    • An innocent young man, Silas Marner, is accused of stealing Church money, the actual crime committed, by his best friend, William, (a common occurrence ?), the culprit wants Silas's fiancee, Sarah. She soon rejects Silas, but not the treacherous William. The distraught weaver, flees Lantern Yard, when his brethren, do not believe him blameless, in the affair, to the country village of Raveloe . A bitter, broken man he becomes, his life ruined Apparently set in the English Midlands, during the F [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:00 AM)

      875. Silas Marner, George Eliotسیلاس مارنر - جورج الیوت (دنیای نو) ادبیاتعنوانها: سیلاس مارنر؛ بافنده تنها؛ سایلاس مارنر قصه مرد بافنده؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2006 میلادیعنوان: بافنده تنها - سیلاس مارنر؛ تهران، نیل، 1349؛ در 86 ص؛ برای جوانان با عنوان: سیلاس مارنر؛ترجمه سیروس نویدان [...]

    • The Fairy tale reading Once upon a time, a poor linen weaver lived in a deep, dark, dank place. He had been much maligned, and had grown bitter and friendless. For comfort, he turned to work and building a crock of gold, which he kept hidden under a floorboard, and brought out at intervals to admire and gloat over. But one fateful evening, the feckless son of the local squire was passing by, and, having ridden his brother's horse to death by reckless hunting, and feeling sadly out of sorts at ha [...]

    • "God gave her to me because you turned your back upon her, and He looks upon her as mine: you've no right to her! When a man turns a blessing from his door, it falls to them as take it in."One of the main reasons I like reading Victorian novels is for the eloquence. The above quote there is spoken by the eponymous Silas Marner, a character with little in the way of education or wealth, so there is a plainness in his eloquence. In his position I would have said "F*k off mister, finders keepers!". [...]

    • A strong 3.5 starsAs with Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, the only other Eliot book I’ve read thus far, _Silas Marner_ shows off just how keen an observer of human nature Eliot was both in the adept manner she has at detailing the psychological motivations of her characters’ actions and in the more explicit authorial asides in the narrative in which she details her insights into how the human mind and heart work, and the justifications that we give ourselves for our actions. No one [...]

    • 2011 marks 150 years since the publication of Silas Marner. I can see why some modern readers would find the pace slow, the language difficult, the moral message too strong and the story too neatly tied up. That will happen if you insist that a mid-19th century novel be judged by early-21st century standards. I don't understand why some people refuse to read a book on it's own terms, but insist that the book conform to their terms. It's like they live in a city with great restaurants that repres [...]

    • This book was a real-life Book Circle read that, well, got mixed reviews. Some people thought the writing was brilliant and others found it dated; some people thought it was too short, others too long for the short story they felt it truly was and not the novel it's pretending to be.I think it's a lovely book. I think Silas is about as honestly drawn and cannily observed a character as fiction offers. I think the village of Raveloe is as real as my own village of Hempstead. It's a delight to rea [...]

    • This is a book which countless teenagers have been forced to read as part of the school syllabus. For some reason I didn't have to read it when I was at school. I'm glad that's the case, because I've a feeling this would not have appealed to me very much when I was a teenager. As has been the case when I've read other novels by George Eliot, it took a while for me to become fully engaged with the narrative. But once the links between the various characters became clear, listening to the audioboo [...]

    • Ivana Books Are Magic

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:00 AM)

      I've read this book today and absolutely loved it. It is remarkably deep for such a relatively short novel. I don't remember when exactly I started reading it, but I know I made it to the third chapter in one go, found the story fascinating, but somehow I forgot about it until I picked it up again this afternoon. My favourite way to read doesn't include pauses. Obviously that isn't always possible but when I get the chance to do so I tend to use it- like I did this afternoon. I've really enjoyed [...]

    • I have spent so much of my year reading books that have been published in 2017, that there is something exceedingly special about diving into a book that was published in 1861. It was hard for me to consider that this was the same George Eliot that wrote The Mill on the Floss which I count among my favorite reads. Not that this was in any way a terrible story, but I believe I may be coming down from the 5 star high I had earlier today. A simple enough tale about a miserly weaver that is wrongly [...]

    • How could this be anything other than enjoyable, when it was penned by George Eliot? Although this was a simpler story with a more overt theme than others, like Middlemarch, it still provided plenty of food for thought. It's a simple tale of faith lost and regained, the redemptive powers of love, and the powerful effect that human connections can have on our lives. Lovely, and highly recommended for lovers of classics and excellent writing.

    • Kressel Housman

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:00 AM)

      Those of you who’ve been following my reviews for a while may remember that I have an ambition of going to grad school and writing a thesis or dissertation on George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. Well, even though I haven’t figured out a way to pay for grad school yet, I figured I might as well do the research on my own. So I’ve begun reading George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda Notebooks, which no doubt will take me a while, but I figured it was also high time I completed her entire oeuvre, and Si [...]

    • 4.5“A child, more than all other gifts That earth can offer to declining man, Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts.”—Wordsworth.It has been a while since I have been able to read a classic, and this was a title I very much wanted to, especially since Middlemarch is one of my favourite novels. Having said this, George Eliot and her masterful writing style are still a little intimidating to me. Silas Marner is a short novel and deceptively compelling. The narrator follows a soli [...]

    • Silas Marner is the most accessible of George Eliot's novels, by which I mean it isn't like 700 pages long, which is a problem for it because that also means it's the one you had to read in high school. You didn't like it. Partly because your teacher made the whole class take turns reading out loud - why would you do that? - and partly because even at her snappiest Eliot is not the world's most exciting writer. She is the world's smartest writer! So that's nice for her. But she's no Dumas.And th [...]

    • Required reading assignments in school often aren't the most enjoyable reads, and the element of compulsion may prejudice the reader against them, but this novel proved to be a happy exception to that pattern! (Obviously, given the time frame, I read it in a different edition than the one above.) The above description of "faith and society" as Eliot's subject matter here is apt. After being cast out by his narrow religious sect when he is framed for a theft, Silas becomes an embittered and reclu [...]

    • An excellent project of retribution and compensation. It broke my heart to pieces in its bloody dark unfair scenes. However, it flushed the happiness in my cheeks of its happy, joyful ending scenes. My heart will always remember Silas Marner, Eppie Marner, Godfrey case, and Nancy Lammeter of Raveloe.P.S note:Priscilla (Nancy's sister) is hilarious and I think she is my favorite character in the novel.

    • "I suppose it is the way with all men and woman who reach middle age without the clear perception that life never can be thoroughly joyous: under the vague dullness of grey hours, dissatisfaction seeks a definite object, and finds it in the privation of an untried good"

    • What a wonderful story! There is so much wisdom in this short book. It was worth every minute of the time I spent listening to it.

    • Quite an interesting book. I really admire George Elliot. Living 2 centuries ago, she still feels remarkably modern. I particularly enjoyed the humour, the underlying criticism on religion, the class differences, the hypocrisy of certain groups. At the same time there is also a clear endearment towards almost every characters. The most beautiful part was the growing up of Eppie. The way the old Silas falls in love with this child is written with so much warmth!

    • This is an odd wee book. I quite enjoyed it, but it is rather more showing its age than Middlemarch did. And it is similar in some ways to Middlemarch, or seems to be in the middle if not at the start and the end. It has the feel of snapshots of small town life. But the main story seems really odd for someone who translated Feuerbach's Essence of Christianity. This is a tale of redemption, but also one of a special providence, and as such it is a very Christian work, I think. The idea that a man [...]

    • I listened to this audiobook while on vacation. It is a bit slow in the first third, but I stuck it out and became completely engrossed in this second of George Eliot's novels that I've read. I think she really believed in karma. In this novel, as in "Middlemarch", characters clearly reap the consequences of the choices they make, particularly in relation to their behavior towards other people. If you can get through the first third, it is well worth the read.

    • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:00 AM)

      If you are looking for a fast and thoroughly delightful and entertaining summer read, I would like to recommend George Eliot's slim novel, Silas Marner--The Weaver of Raveloe. I kept this next to my bedside, and read a few chapters each night; but it could just as easily be read in a few hours by a dedicated reader.Eliot finished the novel in about six months and it was first published in April 1861. She wrote the novel during the time period that she was researching and writing her much larger [...]

    • Mary Ronan Drew

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:00 AM)

      Back in the fall of 1963 I was practice teaching at New Bedford High School. I didn't get to choose any of the books I taught and I was distressed that I had to teach Silas Marner. I had read it myself in high school not so long before and didn't like it at all and couldn't see the point of it all. Too sentimental, too stilted in language, too unrealistic.But of course I sat down with the book and a notepad and started to do some close reading, as they taught us to do in those days. And a master [...]

    • I’ve procrastinated picking up this book for a long time, and I suppose the reason is that despite often naming George Eliot as my favorite author, I just didn’t expect to be very engaged by this one. I knew only the thing anyone knows about it: an old man takes in a baby and un-Scrooges himself because love.So, I mean, sort of? But the baby doesn’t even show the heck up until halfway through. First, we start off the novel in the George Eliot-iest way, with a bunch of laborious description [...]

    • I didn't want this book to end. Such a gem! I loved Dolly. I need to be more like her in ways. The world needs lots of "Dollys!" I loved how the story was written in such a way that you understand a little bit of why each person made the choices they did. I loved Silas and his "treasure" that was his lifelong gift--his joy. Perhaps when I read it again I can get my other thoughts written down.

    • George Eliot's Middlemarch is one of my 10 favorite novels. Silas Marner, while not quite at that level, is still very good. A good plot, outstanding characters, and wonderful imagery of life in a small English village in the early 19th century. If you like classics, you will almost certainly like this.

    • Every time Silas Marner is mentioned, it seems like a collective groan goes up in some high school classroom somewhere. I didn't have to read it in high school, and am glad I was able to wait until later in life. I don't think I would've enjoyed it anywhere near as much as I did had I read it when I was 16 or so. I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed it when I was nine years old which was Ralphie's age in A Christmas Story when his class was discussing this book. Seriously, why are a bunch of fourt [...]

    • Yine çocukluğumda kısaltılmışını okuduğum klasiklerden biri Bir otobüs yolculuğunda başlayıp bitirdiğimi, çocuk halimle çok etkilendiğimi hatırlıyorum. Bu yıl böyle okuduğum ve benim için önemli olan klasikleri okumaya karar verdim. Notre Dame'ın Kamburu ile başlamıştım, Silas Marner ile devam ettim. Çocukluğumda etkilediği kadar etkiledi beni Silas Marner; ancak bu sefer elbette eskiden dikkatimi çok da çekmeyen detayları (örneğin Sanayi Devrimi'nin kırsald [...]

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