About the book
Subtitled “A Study of Provincial Life”, the novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch, thought to be based on Conventry during the period 1830–32. It has multiple plots with a large cast of characters, and in addition to its distinct though interlocking narratives it pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism, self-interest, religion, hypocrisy, political reform, and education. The pace is leisurely, the tone is mildly didactic (with an authorial voice that occasionally bursts through the narrative), and the canvas is very broad.
Reviewed by U3A Reading Group:
A classic read which provoked much discussion. A very well constructed book, (though a heavy read). The introduction was useful regarding George Eliot’s own background and was essential reading.
Star rating: ***