Sep. 7th, 2007

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It came as some surprise to me when I realised I had never read any George Eliot.  I immediately sought to recity the situation by borrowing a copy of Middlemarch, which then sat on my shelf for nearly nine months before I got around to reading it.

When I finally did read it, I was expecting something Austen-esque and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Eliot's prose is much denser and more polysyllabic than Austen.  For the most part, I had to actually concentrate on the sentences to follow them, but I loved every page - exactly my kind of prose.

After 900 pages, the conclusion of the various storylines came rather abruptly, but Eliot succeeded where J K Rowling failed, by providing a comprehensive epilogue charting the subsequent histories of all the major characters.

All in all, an excellent read - I shall definitely be seeking out the back catalogue.

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