Search results for tag: George Eliot

BOOK REVIEW: Silas Marner by George Eliot (Review by John Purcell)

This short novel used to be taught in schools. And I can see why. It is short. It is entertaining. And it is short. Teachers have always had trouble getting teenagers to read books of a quality worth teaching. How they would have rejoiced on finding a book like Silas Marner. It is a perfectly formed and executed story. And thoroughly readable and exceedingly engaging. Times have changed somewha... Read more

by | October 16, 2015

TIME Magazine’s 10 Greatest Books of All-Time

A few years ago TIME magazine asked 125 of the world’s most celebrated writers to name their Top 10 novels of all time. No doubt after the resignations of many, many unpaid interns, they combined all these lists to make the ultimate Top 10 list. We thought we’d share it with you. We’d like a few more women on there but hey, isn’t that always the way. Do you agree with th... Read more

by | February 7, 2015

The Power of Ignorance (a short excerpt from Daniel Deronda by George Eliot)

It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly Considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burned... Read more

by | September 13, 2011

Five books I want to read again and why.

When I am considering the big question: What shall I read next? I instinctively look toward the big pile of books I have yet to read – with so little time to read in life,  it makes sense to keep trying new things. But every so often, while looking for something new, I stumble across something old, something I read long ago. Holding it my hands, I realise it is at best, half remembered. F... Read more

by | July 1, 2011

A library of VINTAGE CLASSICS is…

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by | April 11, 2011

Jane Sullivan, author of Little People, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Jane Sullivan author of Little People Ten Terrifying Questions ———————————- 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? In London. I went to George Eliot primary school, North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where I ... Read more

by | March 27, 2011

A Classic Truth: from The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

The Wisdom Of George Eliot: “Plotting covetousness and deliberate contrivance, in order to compass a selfish end, are nowhere abundant but in the world of the dramatist: they demand too intense a mental action for many of our fellow-parishioners to be guilty of them. It is easy enough to spoil the lives of our neighbours without taking so much trouble; we can do it by lazy acquiescence an... Read more

by | February 23, 2011

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith – Reviewed by Kylie Ladd

Zadie Smith is one of those writers other writers love to hate. Not for her the years of unpublished obscurity, the endless tweaking of the query letter, the rejection after rejection after rejection that the rest of us tell ourselves is an unavoidable and indeed vital component of becoming a novelist. Instead, Smith was offered a publishing contract for her first novel on the basis of some sho... Read more

by | February 18, 2011

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

I am not decrying the life of the true artist. I am exalting it. I say, it is out of the reach of any but choice organisations – natures framed to love perfection and to labour for it; ready, like all true lovers, to endure, to wait, to say, I am not yet worthy, but she – Art, my mistress – is worthy, and I will live to merit her. An honourable life? Yes. But the honour comes ... Read more

by | February 21, 2010