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In Love with George Eliot (2019 original; edició 2020)

de Kathy O’Shaughnessy (Autor)

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Membre:DonnaMarieMerritt
Títol:In Love with George Eliot
Autors:Kathy O’Shaughnessy (Autor)
Informació:Scribe US (2020), 400 pages
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In Love with George Eliot de Kathy O'Shaughnessy (2019)

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"....in her ostracized life... so aware of being held in dispute - writing had offered the freedom to speak, which felt beautiful... she, the anonymous Marian Evans, spoke to the reader. In real life she spoke to so few people"...

...Well, that was at first of course, when she was judged by her peers for living with a man without being married. Because when she became famous for her writing (under the name of George Eliot), while still living with George Lewes in illegitimate relationship, there were those regular, wonderful Sundays at their house where "life was lived on no ordinary level", where one could encounter Dickens, Thackerey, Henry James and other distinguished minds from all spectrum of learned fields, where "they were nurturing their minds as other people watered their gardens"....

This is a worthy piece of historical fiction, in which the author justifiably draws on the numerous biographies of George Eliot (Marian Evans), as well as the writer's diaries. The title is most appropriate, as the author concentrates on Marion Evans's extraordinary relationship with George Lewes - the two of them undeniably a rare case of two kindred souls that cannot fail to warm anybody's heart by their example; no amount of scandal incited by the society that looked down on their unconventional union could stop them from being together. It's really hard to imagine a more rewarding relationship...

There is also a reference to pure adoration Evans invoked in at least one young woman, Edith Simcox, and strong feelings of love from a couple of other women, her friends. And - last but not least - her relationship with John (Johnny) Cross, 20 years her junior, who had been a great friend for years and whom, after George Lewes's death, she finally married in full legitimacy (legitimacy which was denied to her in her life with George).

What comes through for me from the beginning are two things: Marian's insecurity ("she was so sensitive to put-downs", always re-thinking what she said in a conversation, etc.) - even in the face of her genius as a writer; and, second, George Lewes being her utmost champion throughout their life together, her "most percipient critic" and an extraordinary soul mate, who was tuned to her every thought and feeling, and who "had the surest instinct".

In this book, there is another line that swerves in between chapters on Marian's life: it's a subplot describing a modern day lady professor writing a book about George Eliot based on the latter's diary. It does not distract from the main plot but gives it an interesting look from the side.

I have read only two novels by George Eliot - "Adam Bede" and "Middlemarch", the latter being my favorite of the two... This novel about her life intrigued me, so I will be definitely reading more, and with different eyes, too... ( )
1 vota Clara53 | Jan 9, 2021 |
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I wavered between liking, loving and finding the story too tedious. Learning about George Eliot a/k/a Marion Evans was interesting as she was unconventional and extremely talented. The alternating current day story was merely a distraction as it added nothing to the story. I loved the story of Eliot/Evans, the inclusion of real literary characters, and her relationship with Lewes. I could recommend because it made me want to read some of her work and find out more about her life. That is always a plus for me.... ( )
1 vota almin | Dec 27, 2020 |
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In this historical novel, everybody's in love with George Eliot: the famous author's illicit partner George Lewes, her close friends Barbara, Maria, and Edith, her young, late-in-life husband Johnny, and even Katie and Ann, two modern-day academics who are involved in putting on a George Eliot conference. Mostly, this is the story of how Marian Evans overcame the insecurities associated with her unconventional looks, gender, and unmarried state to become respected and admired as one of the most famous and popular authors of her day. I could have done without the "modern" subplot, which I didn't feel added anything to the novel, but, other than that, this is a sympathetic portrait of a great writer and complex woman. ( )
  akblanchard | Dec 13, 2020 |
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*I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

I've enjoyed George Eliot's novels, so it was interesting to see the novelist herself become the main character in this novel, which chronicles her romantic life as her fame as a writer grows throughout the 19th century. Intertwined with a contemporary story of scholars examining her work, this book was a strangely compulsive read - at times, I thought for certain I wouldn't like it and yet it drew me back in, not unlike the novels of George Eliot herself. I'd highly recommend this book to those who enjoy Eliot's fiction and 19th-century British literature. ( )
1 vota wagner.sarah35 | Dec 11, 2020 |
What a richly imagined, well-researched glimpse into the life of Marian Evans. I recommend this beautiful debut novel full of romance, literature, and intellectual discussion. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Dec 1, 2020 |
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