Middlemarch - George Eliot


By George Eliot

  • Release Date: 1874-01-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
Score: 4.5
From 549 Ratings


Making masterful use of a counter pointed plot, Eliot presents the stories of a number of denizens of a small English town on the eve of the Reform Bill of 1832. The main characters, Dorothea Brooke and Tertius Lydgate, each long for exceptional lives but are powerfully constrained by their own unrealistic expectations as well as conservative society. The novel is notable for its deep psychological insight and sophisticated character portraits.


  • Middlemarch

    By Wntrprtguy
    Insightful, profound, prescient. A good read.
  • Among the greats of English Literature

    By Dpwhk
    Reading “Middlemarch”, it is clear why it is so highly regarded. I even began to wonder why not more highly regarded. The story goes from strength to strength, not flagging as long novels often do, but actually increasing interest as the stories unfold. Great insights into the social life of English country life in the 1830s and great insight into the singularity of the human condition through all time.
  • Middle March

    By ninaboss56
    Wonderful book on a small town and the people in it. All are very human in their strengths and flaws. George Elliot has a talent for understanding and describing the very soul of her characters. I enjoyed reading this although the language was tough at first. I stuck with it and was rewarded with a great story.
  • A classic for sure

    By Geek for Christ
    A classic of literature far ahead of its time!
  • The Best, With Typos

    By TopSkier
    Middlemarch is the greatest novel in the English language. However, this edition contains a disconcerting number of typographical errors.
  • Middlemarch

    By Joannalan
    A terrific read. Even though it was written about two hundred years ago, its characterization of human nature is just as true today. Recommend highly.
  • Middlemarch

    By marthanuova
    One of the best - still relevant. MIddlemarch does not disappoint
  • Middlemarch

    By Djangleville
    I am the least qualified individual to write a review of this, or any, book. However, I can't resist. This is the most beautifully written book that I have read in a long while. I am 61 years old and have been a reader all my life. The novel has been reviewed hundreds of times because it is so magnificent. The month that I have spent with this book has been so wonderful. Read it. If you want to know why, read one of the competent reviews written about it. They don't come close to the experience of actually reading it, just so you know!
  • Wow!

    By djmirk
    What an amazing novel! The last line says it all, but you have to weave through a dizzying array of characters and plots to get there. I read this in college, enjoyed it, and have always carried the professor's advice to read it again in middle age. Now, I have dutifully and gratefully completed by final college assignment almost thirty years later. Many will say the book is too long or boring, but we who have read it can see that they just don't get it.
  • Typos

    By kpeaob
    While I appreciate that this download was free, there are far too many typos. George Eliot would be irritated.