Sunday, May 20

Book Review: Silas Marner


Title: Silas Marner

Author: George Elliot

Pages: 183

Summary: Embittered by a false accusation, disappointed in friendship and love, the weaver Silas Marner retreats into a long twilight life alone with his loom and his gold. Silas hoards a treasure that kills his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired foundling child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are the secrets that permeate this moving tale of guilt and innocence. A moral allegory of the redemptive power of love, it is also a finely drawn picture of early nineteenth-century England “in the days when spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses,” and of a simple way of life that was soon to disappear.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While I enjoyed the writing and the overall story, the book didn't floor me. It was a good book, but not a fantastic one, but it has perked my interest to read more of George Eliot's works.

The writing was superb. That alone pulled me into the book and kept my interest from the start. George Eliot had a powerful voice and that comes through into her writing. I loved how she chose to tell the story and how it was narrated. I always enjoy books where the author chooses to narrate it like it was written just for that particular reader, as I find it always adds something extra to the reading experience.

The story itself was good. I. It wasn't great, but I did enjoy it overall. The characters were also good, although I don't have a favourite and I found they weren't very memorable. I think Silas Marner had the potential to be a very memorable character, but the novel was too short to really get a good character development and personality out of him. For a short book he works as a character, but I would have preferred to have his character explored more thoroughly.

Overall it was a good book.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend it, but I don't think it's the best choice for a first time reader of the author's work (at least from reviews I've seen about her other books).

What to read next: I'd read more by the author.



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