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  • Title: Felix Holt: The Radical
  • Author: George Eliot Lynda Mugglestone
  • ISBN: 9780140434354
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback

  • When the young nobleman Harold Transome returns to England from the colonies with a self made fortune, he scandalizes the town of Treby Magna with his decision to stand for Parliament as a Radical But after the idealistic Felix Holt also returns to the town, the difference between Harold s opportunistic values and Holt s profound beliefs becomes apparent Forthright, brusWhen the young nobleman Harold Transome returns to England from the colonies with a self made fortune, he scandalizes the town of Treby Magna with his decision to stand for Parliament as a Radical But after the idealistic Felix Holt also returns to the town, the difference between Harold s opportunistic values and Holt s profound beliefs becomes apparent Forthright, brusque and driven by a firm desire to educate the working class, Felix is at first viewed with suspicion by many, including the elegant but vain Esther Lyon, the daughter of the local clergyman As she discovers, however, his blunt words conceal both passion and deep integrity Soon the romantic and over refined Esther finds herself overwhelmed by a heart wrenching decision whether to choose the wealthy Transome as a husband, or the impoverished but honest Felix Holt.
    George Eliot Lynda Mugglestone
    In 1819, novelist George Eliot nee Mary Ann Evans , was born at a farmstead in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, where her father was estate manager Mary Ann, the youngest child and a favorite of her father s, received a good education for a young woman of her day Influenced by a favorite governess, she became a religious evangelical as an adolescent Her first published work was a religious poem Through a family friend, she was exposed to Charles Hennell s An Inquiry into the Origins of Christianity Unable to believe, she conscientiously gave up religion and stopped attending church Her father shunned her, sending the broken hearted young dependent to live with a sister until she promised to reexamine her feelings Her intellectual views did not, however, change She translated David Strauss Das Leben Jesu, a monumental task, without signing her name to the 1846 work After her father s death in 1849, Mary Ann traveled, then accepted an unpaid position with The Westminster Review Despite a heavy workload, she translated Ludwig Feuerbach s The Essence of Christianity, the only book ever published under her real name That year, the shy, respectable writer scandalized British society by sending notices to friends announcing she had entered a free union with George Henry Lewes, editor of The Leader, who was unable to divorce his first wife They lived harmoniously together for the next 24 years, but suffered social ostracism and financial hardship She became salaried and began writing essays and reviews for The Westminster Review Renaming herself Marian in private life and adopting the nom de plume George Eliot, she began her impressive fiction career, including Adam Bede 1859 , The Mill on the Floss 1860 , Silas Marner 1861 , Romola 1863 , and Middlemarch 1871 Themes included her humanist vision and strong heroines Her poem, O May I Join the Choir Invisible expressed her views about non supernatural immortality O may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence D 1880.Her 1872 work Middlemarch has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.More enpedia wiki George_Ec history historic.annica EBchecked tctorianweb victorianography people georgpbs wgbh masterpiece d


    Commentaires:

    Paul
    4.5 starsOne of the least read of Eliot’s novels; sitting in the middle of her output. I found it had a surprising resonance for today. It was published in 1866 but was set in the time of the Great Reform Act in 1832, when the vote was extended (not by much, the electorate increasing from about 500,000 to just over 800,000). As Eliot was writing the Second Reform Act was being promulgated. The landed classes and aristocracy were bringing on board some of the wealthier middle classes.The plot c [...]

    booklady
    Very enjoyable story was further enhanced by Nadia May’s superb rendition of it for Blackstone Audio/AudioBookStand. This was my husband’s introduction to George Eliot and I’m glad it was a mostly cheerful—even humorous—novel as her works can be dark. Mrs. Holt, Felix’s mother, is a hoot and May has captured her perfectly. Highly recommended especially in the audio format.

    Scriptor Senex
    I commented in relation to John Updike’s ‘Terrorist’ that a sentence of 157 words was the nail in its coffin. I noticed while reading ‘Felix Holt’ that there were four consecutive sentences of 78, 13, 100, and 64 words. The difference is that in 1866 George Eliot wrote perfect prose, properly punctuated and capable of being understood and enjoyed despite the sentence length. The whole book is a clever, frank portrayal of the 1832 election when England ( I use the specific advisedly) wa [...]

    Elizabeth (Alaska)
    Ugh. Double Ugh. I struggled with this almost from the beginning and, frankly, wish I'd abandoned it before I got far enough that I felt I had too much invested in it to do so. Eliot kept going off on tangents. Sometimes my mind would wander and I'd read passages again, just to make sure I hadn't missed anything. And I hadn't. Not all of the tangents were of the religious nor even the political sort. The below was more understandable than many, but gives you a glimpse. Keep in mind that not one [...]

    Ben Babcock
    I make no secret of the fact that I think George Eliot is a literary badass, and Felix Holt: The Radical is just the latest example of these well-deserved credentials. This is essentially a political and legal thriller set in 1832 England on the cusp of the passage of the First Reform Act. (Among other things, the Reform Acts of the 1800s redefined the electoral districts for the English Parliament and expanded the franchise ever so slightly.) The sleepy English town of Treby finds itself the ce [...]

    Issicratea
    Felix Holt (1866) is not the best-loved of George Eliot’s novels, and in some ways it’s easy to see why. The male protagonist, the earnest idealist Felix Holt, is too idealized himself to be a truly compelling character, and the tale of his moral “conversion” of the beautiful and worldly Esther Lyon may be a little too pious and pedagogical for most modern readers. The plot has its creaks as well, rather, sometimes lurching perilously close to the model of the Victorian sensation novel [...]

    adam
    Felix Holt: The Radicalis one of Eliot's finer works and a great 19c. novel. In many ways, it's a shorter and much more readable version ofMiddlemarch , and, being the book which directly precedes it, can be read as its predecessor. In F.H Eliot explores her constant concern: the tensions between the intricate and overpowering contingencies of historical circumstance which influence and determine human action and the innate spirit of sympathy and virtue that struggles to transcend those continge [...]

    Adelaide Mcginnity
    My favorite George Eliot book is Silas Marner, a book a hold in such high regard that every Eliot I have read since then has always been a slight disappointment to me by failing to be like Silas. That does not mean I didn't like them - indeed, The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch are both excellent books that I recommend to everyone. But they are simply not at all like Silas Marner.In Felix Holt, I think I finally found an Eliot that recapture some of that beauty and aesthetic that I so loved i [...]

    Helen
    Typical of George Eliot, her focus is much more on ideas than on the story. Much of Felix Holt the Radical is about the political machinations of an election. The politics are dirty, no different in most respects than they are today. Reading the classics is always a reminder of how little humans change fundamentally. As in Adam Bede, the title character is not really the main character, nor the most interesting. I, in accord with others who have written reviews of this book, think that Mrs. Tran [...]

    Lene Jaqua
    Felix Holt kept my attention. It was an enjoyable book with an engaging plot, however, given that it is authored by Georg Eliot, I would say that it is not as engaging or unique as Silas Marner, nor as complex and thought out as the multiplot-lined Middlemarch.Some common themes that show up in other Eliot books as well is the dissenting Protestants, the restless female who is not content to be flirtatious and pretty, as well as the giving up of wealth and rank in order to gain a more meaningful [...]

    Bryn
    I first read Felix Holt about 15 years ago, and it didn't catch me as much as other, more popular novels by Eliot. Having just re-read it, I now understand why.This is a novel that depends on an understanding of the political state of the UK in I think the 1830s. On first reading, I just didn't have the insight to make any sense of some of the motives and events. Going back armed with a few ideas about the history of political reform, I experienced the book in a very different way, getting far m [...]

    Carmen
    The first book I have finished in 2011 is a classic written by the estimable George Eliot, whose novel Middlemarch I fell completely in love with. I found Felix Holt to be an inferior work, but still entertaining and quite gripping toward the end of the book. The Transome estate is in neglect when we first enter the scene, and the stately lady of the house is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second-born son who has recently become the inheritor of everything. Lady Transome has many high hopes [...]

    Joyce M. Tice
    Purchased Jan 2006April 9, This is dragging, but I am determined. At least 2/3 done and plugging on. April 10 - I dragged myself to page 261 and resolved that I could not go further. I made one last attempt and, voila, finally all the long pages of stage setting started to produce something interesting. I may be able to finish this after all. Volumes One and Two set things up and it looks as though Volume Three finally will get to the point. April 11 - Done - at last. I really like Eliot's plots [...]

    Kate
    Felix Holt is a surprising triumph for Eliot. For the first time, she engages fully with some of the deeper socio-political issues of her day and age. The plot is almost Dickensian in the amount of intrigue, scandal, and romance, which is a good thing for the sometimes achingly slow Eliot. Despite the (comparatively) racing plot, it is the emotional and psychological moments of the novel that are the strongest. Lady Transome is the best character I've read from Eliot yet. Felix Holt gets passed [...]

    latner3
    "The thorn-bushes there, and the thick-backed stems, have human histories hidden in them, the power of unuttered cries dwells in the passionless-seeming branches, and the red warm blood is darkly feeding the quivering nerves of a sleepless memory that watches through all dreams." These dreams are a parable.

    Maisie
    Who would think that 1830's English politics could be so riveting? Seriously, it may start off slow, but this is one of my favorites of Eliot's (after Middlemarch, of course).

    Julia Florek Turcan
    I think Esther made the wrong choice.

    Stephen Brody
    Now this was a pleasant surprise: a novel I’d somehow overlooked reading before even though it’s been on the shelf for decades and in which every word is a perfect delight and I could almost say an education. With George Elliot’s characteristic perspicacity, common good sense and scrupulous fair-mindedness it’s also what I’ve just seen someone (not without approval) describe as “bitchy”. That’s not quite the right word, unless one means wryly incisive and to-the-point and therefo [...]

    Kwan Ann
    tfw everyone in ur english class hates this book so much we very nearly defied our tutor and did not make a presentation on it LMAO

    Robert
    One well-known definition of the novel is that it is a long story that has something wrong with it.In the case of George Eliot’s Felix Holt, what’s wrong is the title character, Felix Holt himself. He’s a cantankerous, righteous sort whom Eliot apparently wanted to impose not only on her story but English society, suggesting that ethical reform of a quasi-religious nature would serve England better than political reform, which is less trustworthy and too abrupt.The pity is that Eliot (Mary [...]

    Virginia Mae
    This novel found George Eliot returning to her more accustomed themes and settings after her historical melodramatic romance Romola met with little public success. While Felix Holt again deals with a small rural community forced to deal with modern changes, with characters representative of different strands of tradition and innovation, the story lacks the passion and drive of Eliot's other novels such as Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede. A resolutely sensible and sometimes plodding no [...]

    Emma Flaherty
    Felix Holt: The Radicalwas assigned reading for my British History course and I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. My only other experience with Victorian novels prior to Eliot's came from select Jane Austen novels. Needless to say, Eliot has a very different writing style than Austen.I loved how sympathetic Eliot's characters were. I felt for all of them -- even those like Harold that I loved to hate -- and in a book with as many minor characters asFelix Holt , that feels like quite the [...]

    Pgchuis
    This involved the run up to an election after the first Reform Act and the rioting on election day. Interestingly the rector's response to the unrest is literally to "read the Riot Act". Some of the chapters about Mr Lyon, the dissenting minister were a bit tiresome although the storyline about his proposed debate with the curate who ran away was funny. Mrs Holt was good value. I understand Mrs Transome's character is generally thought to be interesting, but I found her a bit one-dimensional: al [...]

    Laura
    I can't wait to read this book, and I'm not ashamed to admit that my excitement has as much to do with the particular edition as with the plot! Emily just returned from Charleston, South Carolina where she found this gorgeous gold-guilt, red leather and red marble-paper bound edition from the late 1800s! The best part: my latest copy of the periodical Victorian Studies (49.1) arrived today as well, and the front cover bears one of the illustrations from this copy of Felix Holt! Thanks a bunch Em [...]

    Katymol
    I was surprised how easy I found this to read since I remember Middlemarch being a slog. I love her characters. It's only not five stars because I can't quite see why Esther and Felix couldn't do more good if they had kept more money and because the nineteenth century mind is sometimes an uncomfortable place for a twenty first century one to be.

    Sarah
    It's Eliot, so of course I loved it. It's not nearly as powerful as Middlemarch or Daniel Deronda, though. It's much more like Adam Bede than any of her other works, though both Adam Bede and Felix Holt at much better than most novels. Definitely worth the read, but if it's your first George Eliot, be sure not to judge her merits by this book alone.

    Carolynn
    George Eliot is wonderful and I stand in awe of her intellect. I was glued to this book: a moral, social and legal thriller. Many of Eliot's themes are echoed in Hardy eg 'Adam Bede' and 'Tess'. Hers is a portrayal of the working class which is real and honest and loving, not always romanticised. Dec 1998.

    Shannon Ture
    Soul foodGeorge Eliot is good for my soul. The plot was slow-going at first, but it's worth trudging through for a very fulfilling story and wonderful character development. She is able to capture and even elucidate insights into the human heart, my own heart, in a way that feels satisfying - like eating my favorite comfort dish on a cold, rainy day.

    Annette Hart
    I read this while studying for my 'A'levels. I never thought I would enjoy a politically based novel but I did this - I don't know if that was because I was studying Victorian social history at the time!

    Jessica
    This was a very dense book for me, and especially at first I could not get into it. But after the first 20 pages I was hooked! I could relate it to my own life oddly enough! a great read once you get into it!

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