Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Book - 1948
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Publisher: New York : Dodd, Mead, 1948
Branch Call Number: FIC Eliot, G 1948
Characteristics: vii, 241 pages : plates, portraits ; 22 cm

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 09, 2015

Such a wonderful novel about love, providence, and reaping what you sow. An excellent book that you should definitely read when you get the chance. The story is beautifully told, with wonderful, profound treasures throughout and Elliot's (in reality, Mary Ann Evans's) own musings about life's lessons. Although the prose is rather heavy in the first few chapters and definitely takes some getting used to, once you break the barrier of backstory and seeming monotany, the book will go by in a breeze. Something to read over and over again. A true classic.

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

So the book was first published in 1861, but is set in a time earlier in the 1800s. Silas has had a rude awakening about human nature and friendship and moved to Raveloe as a result. He leads a solitary life, concentrating on amassing money for money`s sake, spending little on himself and not interacting with his neighbours. When his fortune is stolen, he is devastated, and appeals to the community in a panic for help. It is this that first gets his neighbours taking an interest in him. When another set of circumstances lead to a small child being orphaned on Silas` doorstep, he finds himself compelled to take her in and make her a loving home. This move brings him further into the community and we see how it is this action that drives the community opinion of him.
The leading family in Raveloe is the Cass family, and while the oldest son Godfrey is a good-natured man, generally well-meaning, the second son Dunstan is one who would sell him own mother, if she wasn`t already dead. Dunstan has drawn Godfrey into an ill-conceived relationship and is now using that as a hold over him. But he is always on the lookout for opportunities for money, and this leads him to criminal actions and bad outcomes.
The action takes place in two time periods, one with the plot threads described above and another sixteen years later, when we see the results of these actions. There is definitely a morality tale aspect to the plot, but the characters are what really bring the book to life. I really enjoyed it.

Agent13 Aug 20, 2012

A classic that deals with themes of redemption, religion and which values are meaningful to one's life. What is remarkable about this book is that its protangonist is someone I did not initially like. Ms. Eliot does show us the good in Marner eventually. It is a short read written in a style that is inviting to any reader.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A lonely miser finds and infant girl on his doorstep and adopts her.

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