Saturday, March 12

Book Review: The Lifted Veil

Title: The Lifted Veil

Author: George Eliot

Pages: 117

Summary: 'Why did she stand before me with the candle in her hand, with her cruel contemptuous eyes fixed on me, and the glittering serpent, like a familiar demon, on her breast?'

In this dark novella of Victorian horror, George Eliot explores clairvoyance, fate and the possibility of life after death.

Contents:
The Lifted Veil
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists (Essay)

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The Lifted Veil, was a quick read, engrossing at times mainly because of the writing style - it just pulls you in and you don't want to leave the book. The story itself was interesting, although I did find it tapered off a bit in the middle and while the ending was well done, it just didn't have the same feel to it as the beginning of the book. It was still an interesting story - especially from the time period it was written and who wrote it. Compared to some of the other books I've read by the author, this one stands out - far more memorable.

The essay, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists was something I wasn't expecting but was very well written. Eliot did not think to highly about some of the women novelists in her time, she was very opinionated on the matter, which I enjoyed and found refreshing. She was definitely a head of the curve during her time. The essay is witty at times, but she is also clear with her opinions. It was a different reading experience for me. . In the end I was surprised on much I enjoyed the essay, as I'm not usually a non-fiction reader - but this one was well done and well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a quick read - different than some of her previous books and the essay was well worth reading.

What to read next: More by the author, particularly her essays. Also, as this is part of Penguins Little Black Classics set, I'd check out those books as well.

Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge

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