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Review: Middlemarch

I don't normally get excited about Victorian novels. I'm using that term loosely to apply to eighteenth-century British novels, about the small squirmings of the upper class and the landed gentry of England. And yet, Middlemarch succeeded in utterly beguiling me. It's less like Austen to me, and more like Henry James; it is passionate, realistic, and willing to gaze upon the lives of unhappy individuals with great clarity and compassion. (Read more »)

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