My Life in Middlemarch

Mead, Rebecca

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
My Life in Middlemarch
"A New Yorker writer revisits the seminal book of her youth--Middlemarch-- and fashions a singular, involving story of how a passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories."--From publisher description. "Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel, which Virginia Woolf famously described as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people," offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not. In this wise and revealing work of biography, reporting, and memoir, Rebecca Mead leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that deftly mirrors that of the novel, My Life in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot's masterpiece--the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure--and brings them into our world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot's biography and an exploration of the way aspects of Mead's life uncannily echo that of Eliot herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us."--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307984760
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 27, 2014
  • tanitchka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a beautifully written meditation on the impact a book can make throughout one's life. The author weaves a three part braid of her own story, that of George Eliot, and the fictional Dorothea as she reflects on all three in relation to each other, and as separate entities. I have to own this!

Sep 13, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this an interesting take on books which one reads again and again and the involvement one feels with the author and the characters.

Mar 28, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a lifelong bookaholic, this book made me start thinking about those books which have impacted the most on my life. The author, for example, has found herself re-reading Middlemarch by George Eliot, over and over again throughout different eras of her lifetime and finding new meaning or impact each time. In my own case, there are several books and authors I've re-read many times - the Brontes, Austen, P.G. Wodehouse (when I need a laugh so badly I can taste it!), Salinger, etc. But if I had to pick one book that I've read so many times it's nearly thread-bare, it would be Colette's "My Mother's House", one of the most beautiful tributes to family and love I've ever come across.

Mar 10, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a work of fiction, but it is a dry treatise on George Eliot that draws parallels between George Eliot, the heroine of her book, Dorothea Brooke, and the author of this book. I liked Middlemarch moderately, but this book not at all.


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