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Have you read it? I have always been intrigued with "Middlemarch" because so many writers have loved it.
Virginia Woolf wrote that George Eliot's power "is at its highest in the mature Middlemarch, the magnificent book which with all its imperfections is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people."
When Emily Dickinson was asked what she thought of "Middlemarch" she answered "What do I think of glory?"
Zadie Smith wrote that "Middlemarch" is one of the books that had the greatest impact on her, calling it "A work of genius. But more important...a woman wrote it...Eliot was the first woman I read who could go toe-to-toe with, say, Tolstoy."
A.S. Byatt wrote "It is possible to argue that Middlemarch is the greatest English novel."
And recently "The Guardian" published an article listing the ten best closing lines of novels. "Middlemarch" was one of the chosen along with 'The Great Gatsby," "Ulysses," "Heart of Darkness," "Wuthering Heights," and "To the Lighthouse."
Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth
Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue
Zadie Smith's NW
Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies
What are you reading? And are you attracted to the classics at this time of the year? I would love to hear what you are reading right now and what is on your list for the fall and winter.
By the way, speaking of fantasies, here is the place where I would love to do all this reading.
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