My Life in Middlemarch

My Life in Middlemarch

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Rebecca Mead was a young woman in a coastal town of England when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch . After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs and then marriage and family, Rebecca Mead reread Middlemarch . The novel, which Virginia Woolf famously described as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people," offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not.
     In this wise and revealing work of biography, reporting, and memoir, Rebecca Mead leads the reader into the life that her favorite book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that perfectly mirrors that of the novel, My Life in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot's novel and brings them into the world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot's biography and an uncanny portrait of the ways in which Mead's life echoes that of the author herself, My Life in Middlemarch is a book for who wonders about the power of literature to shape our lives.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780385676861
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,22 cm.

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ArtLeaffer
Jun 05, 2017

An outstanding book that balanced different themes with extraordinary deftness: 1.) A history of George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans); an introduction to what many people consider the greatest of 19th Century English novels; a weaving of Middlemarch's themes with the author's own life, creating a unique and engaging memoir. Wonderful writing.

introspective life analysis and literary analysis all tied up into one easy to absorb package. I read this in audio - it was long, but worth it. I have not read any George Elliot, and enjoyed the read all the same.
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tanitchka
Oct 27, 2014

a beautifully written meditation on the impact a book can make throughout one's life. The author weaves a three part braid of her own story, that of George Eliot, and the fictional Dorothea as she reflects on all three in relation to each other, and as separate entities. I have to own this!

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jazpur
Sep 13, 2014

I found this an interesting take on books which one reads again and again and the involvement one feels with the author and the characters.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 28, 2014

As a lifelong bookaholic, this book made me start thinking about those books which have impacted the most on my life. The author, for example, has found herself re-reading Middlemarch by George Eliot, over and over again throughout different eras of her lifetime and finding new meaning or impact each time. In my own case, there are several books and authors I've re-read many times - the Brontes, Austen, P.G. Wodehouse (when I need a laugh so badly I can taste it!), Salinger, etc. But if I had to pick one book that I've read so many times it's nearly thread-bare, it would be Colette's "My Mother's House", one of the most beautiful tributes to family and love I've ever come across.

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gvlee
Mar 10, 2014

I thought this was a work of fiction, but it is a dry treatise on George Eliot that draws parallels between George Eliot, the heroine of her book, Dorothea Brooke, and the author of this book. I liked Middlemarch moderately, but this book not at all.

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EmilyEm
Mar 07, 2014

Mead uses George Eliot?s book Middlemarch to consider the lives of its characters, particularly Dorothea Brooke?s, in light of her own and that of George Eliot. It?s an interesting proposition to take your favorite book and look at its influence on your life.

Parts of it were wonderful, but the digressions into other of Eliot's work made me feel the author didn't have enough to say about Middlemarch and was stretching her subject. But, it could just be me. [I've not read all Eliot?s books.] Definitely worth reading if you loved Middlemarch.

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