The Mill on the Floss
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Passionate, impulsive and unfashionably clever, Maggie Tulliver is one of the great heroines of English literature.
Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, but not given the education she craves, Maggie begins to sense the narrowness of her life. Her fiery temper brings her into conflict with her unyielding brother Tom and her small-minded aunts who disapprove of Maggie's wildness and wish she was more like her sweet cousin Lucy.
As financial disaster strikes Mr Tulliver, the rift between Maggie and her family becomes almost irreconcilable. And when she falls in love with Stephen Guest, who is engaged to Lucy, Maggie's struggle between personal fulfilment and social conformity, between her love for Tom and her own need for happiness becomes an impossible choice.
One of George Eliot's best-loved works, The Mill on the Floss is both a vivid portrait of rural life in Victorian England and a delightful evocation of a heroine whose rebellious spirit closely resembles George Eliot's own.
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laura0141 - ENDS
I so enjoyed this novel, and the plot kept me guessing until the very end. The style reminded me a little bit of Thomas Hardy - the emphasis of nature as an external force and the idea that fate acts upon us. Also on the treatment of women, and particularly of the heroine. I thought Maggie was a great character, one of those females you really keep cheering for, and wanting to be like (like my other favourite, Jo in Little Women!). I think what was so interesting about the story is the idea of families, education and wealth. Even though it is set in a very particular context, ie rural Victoriana, I think the main themes are still revelant today. What is the value of education? How do you equip your children to face an uncertain future? How much can you rely on your extended family to help you out in difficult times? How important are possessions and what happens if you lose them? A great read, which will stay with me for some time!
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