George Eliot (actually a woman whose real name was Mary Ann Evans) was one of the leading novelists of her day when she wrote her best-known novels 150 years ago. Her insight into what makes people do the things they do, and her ability to write very realistically with great dramatic effect, make her books perfect candidates for Real Reads. We are starting with The Mill on The Floss and Silas Marner, and plan to add Middlemarch in 2013. Real Reads George Eliot also marks the series debut for illustrator Sarah Wimperis, already acclaimed for her illustrations for younger children.
The Mill on the Floss
Why was this feeling of regret so familiar to her? Why must she always wish she had done something different?
Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom grow up in the Mill on the River Floss. Although Maggie adores Tom, she often finds him cruel and cold. All she wants is for life to be full and warm.
The Tulliver family’s traditional way of living is threatened by changes beyond their control. Will the educated world of lawyers and lawsuits destroy what generations have enjoyed?
As Maggie grows into adulthood, how can she control her passionate nature? With a destiny like an unmapped river – full, deep and rapid – where will love and desire lead her? Where will it all end?
‘It’s a woman. She’s dead, I think – dead in the snow at the Stone-pits – not far from my door.’
Since his arrival in the small village of Raveloe, Silas Marner has been an outsider. Nobody knows where he came from, nobody understands him, nobody dares to invite him in.
All of this changes when a little girl wanders through his door one snowy night. What feelings will she stir in Silas’s lonely heart? How will she draw Silas closer to the heart of Raveloe?
If Raveloe has a heart, it also has a head in the form of the wealthy Cass family. When Dunstan Cass enters Silas’s life, he takes something valuable. Years later, will Godfrey Cass do the same and take away what Silas has grown to love most dearly?
© Real Reads 2013