*NOTE* This review may contain spoilers at the end.
The Mill on the Floss is one of those rare, rare gems that haunts you long after your finished. I read it this past summer, and am still dwelling upon it.
Many people read this book as a novel, and it is- in a way. The story is of Maggie Tulliver from her childhood to her adulthood, and the events of her family.
But more importantly, this work is one of the clearest insights into human nature I have ever read. Elliot creates numerous characters, yet these characters are not flat, but filled with depth. Throughout the pages, Elliot truly reveals their souls- their intents, thoughts, desires, etc. and you will be surprised (and maybe a little convicted) to see yourself mirrored in them. So many aspects of the soul are revealed here- our true motives, how we deceive ourselves, how we truly feel. She completely bares these people- her people, with all their faults, trivialities, and loves. It is an over-powering work of brilliance, and one that I am proud to have on my shelf.
The ending, I feel, is appropriate. No other ending could have been written- this ending is the true consequence to the passions and drives of Maggie's heart, as well as Tom's. It was fitting, and it leaves you wondering if it was possible for Maggie to change her nature, wrong though it was. Highly recommended.