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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Still, my excuse is that everyone was crying out about how swamped they were with book rings a while back. It may not be any better now I guess, but I gotta get this one off sometime, and it's only 185 pages.
Absolutely no rush or pressure guys - as long as it comes home eventually.
So on its merry little way to tqd.
You're now *it* tqd, as gategypsy is out of the ring.
So keep it as long as you need - it may as well sit on your self as mine. ;-)
Further Update December 2008:
FreePages has asked to join the ring. Still no rush.
I do have to say that Ms Eliot tends to disagree with me, and as such, I find her very hard to read. (Turns out that giving up on Middlemarch wasn't a one-off disagreement.) For some reason, I have to re-read sentences, I have to think about what she's trying, and it's never an easy read. Why this slim volume (a mere 186 pages) took nearly a month to read, I think!
For example, the bit that I read over and over again (and still don't quite understand) was actually quoted again in the afterword (argh! I had enough trouble with it the first time around!):
"Favourable Chance... is the god of all men who follow their own devices instead of obeying a law they believe in... The evil principle deprecated in that religion is the orderly sequence by which the seed brings forth a crop after its kind."
Translations into plain English are appreciated.
While Silas's experiences were interesting, he wasn't a terribly likable character or a very interesting person. I suppose I should have considered myself lucky that he wasn't really around for most of the book, which was really about other people while he was the catalyst for the plot. Then when you add in the squire and his badly behaved sons, we've got another bunch of unlikable people to read about.
It wasn't until the rather sweet (if a bit too sweet at times, she might give other readers diabetes) Nancy turned up that I finally started to enjoy this book. And she doesn't turn up until half way through! And then cheeky little Eppie appeared, and I got suckered in.
Mum told me that her Aunty Pat (who looked after her for many years) loved this book, which is what kept me going. (And Dad's recently discovered Ms Eliot, and enjoys her books, so that was a second incentive to got give up.) Aunty Pat apparently loved the coal hole scene, and I must say I did too. In lesser hands it could have been mawkish and sentimental, but I was giggling. Ms Eliot knows her cheeky children, and this characterisation was pretty spot on.
I do have to say that the positives outweighed the negatives - the second half was interesting, the pages just raced past, the characters were believable - but the sluggish first half really slowed me down, even though it had its moments (the descriptions of the Squire and his family, plus the whole village, were very well done; particular mention to the scene in the pub where a number of villagers get into a discussion and argument they've obviously gone over and over and over again on many a night).
Thanks very much for letting this gather dust over here at Chez TQD, crimson-tide! I've got FreePages' address and will pop this in the post first thing next week.
Well, it took over a month, but I finally made it to the post office! This little book is (finally) winging its way to FreePages.
I tried to read this on DailyLit.Com but reading from the lap-top is a real pain. Tho' I did enjoy the bit of it I read.
TQD that passage just goes over my head! It could mean any number of things, couldn't it! Sounds like this novel is probably someones PhD thesis material somewhere.
I think I'll read it and just go with the flow. Tho' I might not be able to get to it until next week, I'm off to Melbourne for a few days. I'm not taking anyone elses books with me on the trip, just in case I misplace them.
I love these old editions of books. This one was published in 1960! 6 years before I was born. I just think that is very cool :-)
UPDATED 25 Jan 2010: 6 months has flown by and now into another year! I've read part of this and I now have another to return home to you crimsontide, so I hope to send them together. I'll just get a couple of other bookrings out of the way and then back to this one. Thanks :o)
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