About the book
This novel, based on George Eliot’s own experiences of provincial life, is a masterpiece of ambiguity in which moral choice is subjected to the hypocrisy of the Victorian age. As the headstrong Maggie Tulliver grows into womanhood, the deep love which she has for her brother Tom turns into conflict, because she cannot reconcile his bourgeois standards with her own lively intelligence. Maggie is unable to adapt to her community or break free from it, and the result, on more than one level, is tragedy.
Reviewed by Friends of Farnborough Reading Group:
The book was agreed to be worth the effort of reading but needed initial perseverance. It led to a discussion of the changing role of women in society.
Star rating: ****