Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Book - 1960
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Publisher: [New York : New American Library, 1960
Characteristics: 190 p. 22 cm

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Quietday
Sep 08, 2017

Loved it. Sweet, pastoral and all the subtleties of the classics that makes the character development so great. I was pretty affected by the description in the very beginning when Silas fell upon such hard luck, because I have felt this way in my own life when religion let me down:

"Pour Marner went out with that despair in his soul- that shaken trust in God and man, which is little short of madness to a loving nature...To people accustomed to reason about the forms in which their religious feeling has incorporated itself, it is difficult to enter into that simple, untaught state of mind in which the form and the feeling have never been severed by an act of reflection. We are apt to think it inevitable that a man in Marner's position should have begun to question the validity of an appeal to the divine judgment by drawing lots; but to him this would have been an effort of independent thought such as he had never known; and he must have made the effort at a moment when all his energies were turned into the anguish of disappointed faith." p. 17.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 09, 2015

Such a wonderful novel about love, providence, and reaping what you sow. An excellent book that you should definitely read when you get the chance. The story is beautifully told, with wonderful, profound treasures throughout and Elliot's (in reality, Mary Ann Evans's) own musings about life's lessons. Although the prose is rather heavy in the first few chapters and definitely takes some getting used to, once you break the barrier of backstory and seeming monotany, the book will go by in a breeze. Something to read over and over again. A true classic.

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

So the book was first published in 1861, but is set in a time earlier in the 1800s. Silas has had a rude awakening about human nature and friendship and moved to Raveloe as a result. He leads a solitary life, concentrating on amassing money for money`s sake, spending little on himself and not interacting with his neighbours. When his fortune is stolen, he is devastated, and appeals to the community in a panic for help. It is this that first gets his neighbours taking an interest in him. When another set of circumstances lead to a small child being orphaned on Silas` doorstep, he finds himself compelled to take her in and make her a loving home. This move brings him further into the community and we see how it is this action that drives the community opinion of him.
The leading family in Raveloe is the Cass family, and while the oldest son Godfrey is a good-natured man, generally well-meaning, the second son Dunstan is one who would sell him own mother, if she wasn`t already dead. Dunstan has drawn Godfrey into an ill-conceived relationship and is now using that as a hold over him. But he is always on the lookout for opportunities for money, and this leads him to criminal actions and bad outcomes.
The action takes place in two time periods, one with the plot threads described above and another sixteen years later, when we see the results of these actions. There is definitely a morality tale aspect to the plot, but the characters are what really bring the book to life. I really enjoyed it.

Agent13 Aug 20, 2012

A classic that deals with themes of redemption, religion and which values are meaningful to one's life. What is remarkable about this book is that its protangonist is someone I did not initially like. Ms. Eliot does show us the good in Marner eventually. It is a short read written in a style that is inviting to any reader.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A lonely miser finds and infant girl on his doorstep and adopts her.

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