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The Mill on the Floss Paperback – Apr 29 2003
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"As one comes back to [Eliot's] books after years of absence they pour out, even against our expectations, the same store of energy and heat, so that we want more than anything to idle in the warmth."
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A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea,a and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace. Read the first page
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It's been a while since I've read Mill on the Floss, I think that the last time I did I was in my early 20s, just graduated from school. I got a lot more out of the read this time, I think it's probably a book that profits both with re-reading and age. The first time I read it I identified so strongly with Maggie that I practically skipped over everything dealing with the other characters. I found Tom loathesome and the ending of the book appalling.
As a slightly more adult human, I was able to read it for more than just Maggie's story and enjoy it even more. I was surprised by how compulsively I read it. I'd had every intention of stretching it out over several days, but I literally found that I couldn't stop reading it and carried it with me from room to room in the house. I was able to laugh more at Eliot's sly humor and more able to see people like the Gleggs as people and not simply stock appendages of the story.
I think what makes Mill On the Floss such a powerful book (aside from the writing style, which is excellent) is this notion of the divided self which is being worked out both through Tom and Maggie. Tom has a firm clear sense of right and wrong and is always being forced to question or do injury to that sense because of his very difficult sister. On the other hand, Maggie can't seem to find the right balance between self-indulgence and renunciation. She can't ever manage a way to negotiate between the sharp emotions that she feels and her desire not to inflict the consequences of those emotions on her family and friends.Read more ›
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.
The joy of reading this novel or any other by Eliot is her gorgeous prose and brilliant characterizations, even with the minor characters. Just be warned, this is not an action packed, sit on the edge of your seat, can't put it down until it's finished type of novel. This is a story to savor and enjoy the multi-faceted characters and the author's glorious prose like a fine red wine or a box of chocolates (or both). If you are looking for high action and adventure, this is not the book for you. Highly recommended for any lover of 19th century English literature, not as dark and brooding as Hardy can be, but the prose is just as lovely, if not better.
The novel essentially tells the story of the Tulliver and Dodson families, who live in the town of St. Oggs, known for its middle-class ethics and narrow-mindedness. Mr. Tulliver is married to a former Miss Dodson. The Dodsons are a fairly prosperous family of four sisters and their husbands. Mr. Tulliver is a somewhat less well-off miller, and a major theme of the novel is the way that Mrs. Tulliver's sisters believe that in marrying Mr. Tulliver, she married beneath herself and brought shame upon the family...
The Tullivers have two children--Tom and Maggie. Tom is responsible and hard-working, but has an overdeveloped sense of morality and is constantly punishing Maggie for her shortcomings. Maggie does not seem to belong in St. Ogg's; she is a little wild and free-spirited, qualities that do not endear her to the Dodson sisters of the townsfolk in general. She also worships her brother, despite her inability to live up to his demands. The story unfolds as Tom and Maggie come of age...
There are a lot of vivid and interesting characters in this book. I found the Dodson aunts particularly interesting.Read more ›
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The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot, stands among the greatest nineteenth century British novels. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Nicholas S. Ludlum
There is nothing like an obtuse, clotted introduction to impede a good book. For George Eliot's "The Mill on the Floss," The introduction contributes nearly 50 pages of dense... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Jeffrey Leach
I'm a senior in high school, and Mill on the Floss was the most boring book I've ever read. Every guy in my English class despised it, and only a few girls liked it. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001
Compare it not to DAVID COPPERFIELD but to Proust. I don't understand calling this book "sentimental" or "melodramatic. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by mulcahey
There were certain passages of The Mill on the Floss, Proust once told a friend, that never failed to move him to tears. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2001 by Miles D. Moore
This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone. While I don't believe that this story can be placed in real life, I think that it does typify the style of literature in... Read morePublished on May 27 2001 by J. Peterson
How do you balance duty to your family against duty to yourself? Brother and sister Tom and Maggie Tulliver wrestle with this problem throughout The Mill on the Floss, guided (and... Read morePublished on March 16 2001 by Gregory N. Hullender
I absolutely loved the fact that it's a tragedy. It made sense for all of Maggie's faltered endeavors. Read morePublished on March 4 2001 by E. I.