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ISBN:
117816490X
Author:
George Eliot
Category:
Classics
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nabu Press (August 31, 2010)
Pages:
490 pages
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Book One. Chapter I. The Workshop.

Book One. In his tall stalwartness Adam Bede was a Saxon, and justified hisname; but the jet-black hair, made the more noticeable by its contrastwith the light paper cap, and the keen glance of the dark eyes thatshone from under strongly marked, prominent and mobile eyebrows,indicated a mixture of Celtic blood.

Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time

Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The novel has remained in print ever since and is regularly used in university studies of 19th-century English literature.

Adam Bede is a young workman of twenty-six in the town of Hayslope in Loamshire. He is the foreman of a carpentry shop where his brother, Seth, also works.

Adam Bede was George Eliot's first published novel. George Eliot was the pen name of well respected scholar, translator and journalist Mary Ann Evans. She adopted a male pseudonym so she could be viewed as a serious writer. Many Victorian women writers had to combat the prevailing notion that women novelists wrote only light hearted romances or Gothic tales. Eliot was largely a self taught person.

Adam Bede, her first full length novel, is a perfect example of her style and class

She was a true intellectual, and by necessity, in a male dominated society, largely self educated in terms of her advanced education. She had an extremely subtle sense of humor and at the same time was able to convey great tenderness with exquisite class. Adam Bede, her first full length novel, is a perfect example of her style and class. One of the characters, Mrs. Poyser, was capable of some of the most humorous observations that I have ever read anywhere. Adam Bede is a novel that can be read for the pure joy of reading.

Adam Bede by George Eliot was her first novel and was originally published in 1859. Unlike Wuthering Heights, which overflows with meanness and cruelty and not the remembered passion, George Eliot's first book still. The story explores the nature of physical and mental attraction and in this case lead to a tragedy and many. Пользовательский отзыв - . elljackson - LibraryThing. Adam Bede is a classic that reads even better after many years.

Adam Bede is the first novel written by Mary Ann Evans in 1859 under her pseudonymous name George Eliot. During that time, females are not supposed to come in the profession of writing so she has to write under the pen name though she was highly respected scholar in that time. The novel has been in print since then and has been taught in many universities as the nineteenth century English Literature. Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot). George Eliot is acutely aware of those forces which were affecting a gradual transition in society.

Adam Bede - George Eliot. I like George Eliot because, in my opinion, her characters are more complex than those of other female writers such as Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters. As much as I like The Scarlet Letter, I prefer Adam Bede because there is repentance and growth in Eliot's characters. I felt the desire to be a better person after reading this book, perhaps the first time this has ever occurred to me on finishing a novel. And it was a complex better person, made up of bits and pieces of all the characters.

A pastoral novel, Adam Bede is set at the turn of the nineteenth century and presents realistic images of daily life in a quiet rural community. However, within this apparently peaceful, simple country world, Eliot's character-narrator tells a story of unfulfilled love and selfishness resulting in tragedy and hard-won self-awareness. Through the narrator, the middle-class reading audience is encouraged to look upon the novel's lower-class characters with the same sensibility and sensitivity as they would their peers.

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  • Drelajurus
I never was a re-reader. Until I met George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans). I have loved all her works but I keep returning to this one. Takes place in the late 1700’s in “Hayslope”,a fictional village probably resembling something she lived in or near, in England. The story is about farm life, class distinctions, and the trauma of thoughtless acts and the prose throughout is beyond beautiful. You’ll want to be like Diana, you’ll hope you aren’t more like Hetty, and then upon yet another re-read, you may be concerned that you have some traits rather like Arthur D. Beautiful story, sad story, impossible story, resolved at the end, in the only possible solution; will leave you contented and wanting to read more of what she wrote.
  • Cordantrius
The book opens with a very well done, detailed profile of a once-wealthy woman--Mrs. Transome--who, like the estate she manages, suffers from dwindled resources. George Eliot draws an interesting portrait of her, creating empathy and sympathy in the reader, yet also alluding in a quietly strategic way that "there is more to learn" about this woman and her circumstances.

Enter the long-traveling son, who has made his fortune in the middle east and has the potential to restore the estate to its former grandeur. Indeed, he sets about doing this, and as that process begins, the other plots are ushered in. There is a great deal of time and effort spent on the Whigs, Tories, and Radicals, which was interesting and yet prompted me to Google various terms on a frequent basis. For us 21st century Americans, a lot of water has gone under the bridge since these royalist/anti-royalist/labor concepts were in flower. The central plot, however, is the love story between the lovely Esther Lyon and her reluctant suitor, Felix Holt. Felix seems to embody the pure voice of the common man, speaking with courage, selflessness, and unabashed virtue. He is almost unbelievably pristine in his moral makeup, but he was still fascinating. His prompting and nudging of Esther to abandon her pettiness and vanity has a surprisingly rapid effect on her, but this did not bother me, as I found the "early Esther" to be quite annoying and I--like Felix--very much wanted her to change.

Felix gets himself in some very hot legal water through a chain of events that seems a bit fantastical, but the plot moves along briskly. I am so used to George Eliot and have so much respect for her that I don't mind her lofty and rhapsodic passages. They are fine and they help make her the great author she is.
  • Shem
Adam Bede is about a carpenter and his neighbors in an area in England during the early eighteenth century. The story is slow-going at times because the author writes in the local dialect, so it is a bit difficult to understand but totally relevant to the tale. Descriptions of the characters, the countryside and the town are well drawn and colorful. The characters are believable and sympathetic, while the story itself is engaging and satisfying. I am especially glad I read this book in this stage of my life rather than in my teenage years, because I wouldn't have had the patience to complete it.
  • Preve
Weirdest paperback ever - 8 1/2 X 11 sized, with tiny print. Never seen this before and was quite taken aback when I opened package. Don't know if my senior citizen eyes are up to the task.
  • Pruster
I have read all of George Eliot's other novels. This is the only one to disappoint. First of all, Amazon has lumped all George Eliot reviews together, so it is often impossible to tell which book is being referred to. Secondly, it appears Eliot was trying to impress Europe with her knowledge of Latin, Greek, etc., frequently using Italian or Latin terms when the English word would work just as well. The story itself is somewhat interesting, but wading through the extraneous foreign quotations (frequently) turning back to the glossary soon becomes tiresome. Cutting those citations by 75% would have significantly improved the book and ease of reading. But it appears impressing readers with her erudition was more important than writing a readable story .The novel is a tough slog.
  • monotronik
I have seldom liked historical fiction, and when I realized that this book was just such a beast, I proceeded with some caution. There were some stages when Eliot used dialogue among minor characters to provide relevant contextual information, and device that generally succeeded. Once the main characters appeared, Eliot's usual skill at creating believable characters held my interest completely. And I learned a lot about the bonfire of the vanities and the qualities of a charismatic monk. highly recommend.
  • Ximathewi
George Eliot is my absolute favorite author. She was a true intellectual, and by necessity, in a male dominated society, largely self educated in terms of her advanced education. She had an extremely subtle sense of humor and at the same time was able to convey great tenderness with exquisite class. Adam Bede, her first full length novel, is a perfect example of her style and class. One of the characters, Mrs. Poyser, was capable of some of the most humorous observations that I have ever read anywhere. Adam Bede is a novel that can be read for the pure joy of reading.
At some points this story drug on and I found myself losing interest. Then an interesting thing happened with a not so likable character and the story kinda took off. Hetty, I am not a fan. I think a lot of this story could have been left out because I didn't see the point, but it was overall enjoyable.