ADAM BEDE. A NOVEL
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Thus he seems an unlikely match for Hetty Sorrel, the prettiest girl in the village of Hayslope. Vain, selfish, materialistic, hating her laborious farm chores, Hetty bears more than a passing resemblance to Flaubert's Madame Bovary. However, while Madame Bovary's unattainable dream world is inspired by her reading romances, Hetty "had never read a novel" so she can't "find a shape for her expectations" regarding love. Unable to foresee any possible consequences for her actions, she allows herself to be seduced by Arthur Donnithorne, the old squire's grandson, who stands to inherit the land on which most of the Hayslopers live.
Arthur is a radiant example of Eliot's mastery in complicated character creation. Acutely aware of his position in society, he has the kind of charisma with which he can talk to his tenants politely but with just the slightest hint of condescension and completely win their respect for his authority.Read more ›
Too, some wizardry seems to keep her narrative touch both incomparably delicate and completely unflinching at the same time. At the heart of ADAM BEDE is a story so sordid I wonder whether it could be broadcast on network TV today, and Eliot tells it without vulgarity but without ever shying away from its ugliness. My most serious criticism of the book is that Eliot didn't quite trust herself enough not to tack an unconvincing (and, worse, uninteresting) happy ending onto her story. But the hair-raising drive of the middle two-thirds of the book is something you'll never forget.
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Adam Bede, the main man who as it may seem be to good to be true. However, he does have his flaws. Adam is the first of four major charater each whith a flaw that makes them... Read morePublished on May 8 2000 by Justin Gerstein
George Eliot definitely had fine insight into human nature. As a lover of Victorian British literature, this book is a very pleasant read. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2000
Such strength in characters, a variety served on a platter. George Eliot was truely a gifted writer, a writer with style and flair.Published on June 10 1999
I found Middlemarch just too long to plod through, but thoroughly enjoyed and actually had fun reading Adam Bede. Read morePublished on March 7 1999