Monday 25 April 2022

Eliot, George "Silas Marner"

Eliot, George "Silas Marner" - 1861

I have read several novels by George Eliot and liked them all. So, it was no surprise that I also enjoyed reading about Silas Marner and his life. There are a lot of books set in this location and time-frame (English Midlands, French wars of the early 1800's) and I always compare this author to Charles Dickens who lived at the same time and described similar lives.

But, you can tell that this is a woman who wrote the book, she makes different observations, I don't want to say they are deeper or better, just different. And thereby, she adds a lot to the understanding of people from that era.

Maybe we could say this book is about karma. As Oscar Wilde said: "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily That is what fiction means." Stories like this one confirm this.

I will certainly have to read more books by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Ann Evans).

From the back cover:

"Although the shortest of George Eliot's novels, Silas Marner is one of her most admired and loved works. It tells the sad story of the unjustly exiled Silas Marner - a handloom linen weaver of Raveloe in the agricultural heartland of England - and how he is restored to life by the unlikely means of the orphan child Eppie. Silas Marner is a tender and moving tale of sin and repentance set in a vanished rural world and holds the reader's attention until the last page as Eppie's bonds of affection for Silas are put to the test."


  1. I've never read any Eliot (yet!) although I do have a copy of 'Mill on the Floss' in my Classics TBR pile.

    1. That is a good one to have, Kitten. This was my fourth book by her and I liked them all. So, there is a lot for you to look forward to.

  2. This is such a good book! It and Middlemarch are my two favorite Eliot novels. :D

    1. Thanks, Lark. I remember you mentioning it when you saw it on my classic list. It wasn't the number that was picked but I read it anyway and am very happy. I think I'll have to find "Adam Bede" or "Romola" next. We'll see.