6 books finished in 2012: Middlemarch

6 books finished in 2012

Why are you reading this book?
I’m guessing someone said something very intelligent about the book, and I wanted to be just like them. So, for the nerd glory! Where is my literary gold star?

What is the first line?
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. (I skipped the Prelude, because the first line was long and fairly obscure.)

Describe the book in haiku form:
The key to marriage?
Not choosing a dud or shrew.
(Harder than you think.)

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
x keep and loan out to friends x
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away

Anything else you’d like to say?
Like most old novels, this was slow to gain momentum – there wasn’t a touch of drama until a third of the way through, and this book is nearly 1000 pages. Of course, once things started happening, the slow exposition and depth/breadth of characters definitely paid off. AND, before that, there were many deliciously sharp characterizations – I would read it again, at some point, merely to revel in those zingers. This book has probably earned a second read, at some point a few years down the road.

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10 thoughts on “6 books finished in 2012: Middlemarch

  1. Someday I too will finish this book!
    I’m only around page 250, so I’m glad to have encouragement that my investment in these characters will pay off.

    I am enjoying some of the “sharp characterizations” –they are making the slow exposition worthwhile.

  2. Maggie, of course I popped over here after your comment on my blog (Thanks!), and am – of course – in love with your book posts. My favorite element is the descriptive haiku.

    I could waste lots of time looking around, so I scrolled your books category only so far as to see you’d read Housekeeping. I’m about to go in for a reread this month. I first read it a little over a year ago, and it was shattering. Shattering. In a good way. So glad someone else thought it was beautiful, too! Also, Middlemarch: I’ve tried to start it several times. Maybe I’ll try it again . . . after Housekeeping.

    Happy reading!

  3. Rebecca – Thanks for popping over!

    And I’ll say again, that Middlemarch was terribly boring to me for the first…300 pages. I nearly gave up multiple times. But I’m glad I kept going.

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  5. I FINALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK! Oh man, finally. And you were right, of course: it was worth the slow beginning to get to the satisfying conclusion.

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