Felix Holt

Felix Holt 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, 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. 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 cen 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 centres around an election in a Midlands town in 1832 probably modelled on Eliot s home town Nuneaton the riot in the book is very like the one in Nuneaton in 1832 The voices of the Tory side are as you would predict On the other side is Harold Transome, a wealthy landowner just returned from abroad a widower with a son He returns to find his estate is causing some concern and shocks his mother and friends by announcing h
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
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 was in the m 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 was in the middle of Reform A
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 wasunderstandable than many, but gives you a glimpse Keep in mind that not one Ugh Double Ugh I struggled with this almost from the beginning and, frankly, wish I d abandoned it before I got fa
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 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 centre of political action during the latest election campaign Harold Transome returns home after fifteen years abroad and decides to run as the Radical candidate, much
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 la Wilk 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 la Wilkie Collins in respect both of melodramatic subject matter and of narrative devices The
Felix Holt The Radicalis one of Eliot s finer works and a great 19c novel In many ways, it s a shorter and muchreadable 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 cFelix Holt The Radicalis one of Eliot s finer works and a great 19c novel In many ways, it s a shorter and muchreadable version ofMiddlemarch , and, being the book which di
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 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
Typical of George Eliot, her focus is muchon 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 Typical of George Eliot, her focus is muchon 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 to
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 ameaningful 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

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  • Felix Holt
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  • 27 February 2018
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