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By George Eliot

"People are frequently higher than their neighbours imagine they are"

George Eliot’s so much bold novel is a masterly evocation of various lives and altering fortunes in a provincial neighborhood. Peopling its panorama are Dorothea Brooke, a tender idealist whose look for highbrow achievement leads her right into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic pupil Casaubon; the captivating yet tactless Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering scientific equipment, mixed with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift good looks Rosamond, threaten to undermine his profession; and the spiritual hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his earlier. As their tales interweave, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and relocating drama, hailed by way of Virginia Woolf as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people".

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