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!Free E-pub ⚆ Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe ⚖ George Eliot S Tale Of A Solitary Miser Gradually Redeemed By The Joy Of Fatherhood, Silas Marner Is Edited With An Introduction And Notes By David Carroll In Penguin ClassicsWrongly Accused Of Theft And Exiled From A Religious Community Many Years Before, The Embittered Weaver Silas Marner Lives Alone In Raveloe, Living Only For Work And His Precious Hoard Of Money But When His Money Is Stolen And An Orphaned Child Finds Her Way Into His House, Silas Is Given The Chance To Transform His Life His Fate, And That Of Eppie, The Little Girl He Adopts, Is Entwined With Godfrey Cass, Son Of The Village Squire, Who, Like Silas, Is Trapped By His Past Silas Marner, George Eliot S Favourite Of Her Novels, Combines Humour, Rich Symbolism And Pointed Social Criticism To Create An Unsentimental But Affectionate Portrait Of Rural LifeThis Text Uses The Cabinet Edition, Revised By George Eliot InDavid Carroll S Introduction Is Complemented By The Original Penguin Classics Edition Introduction By QD LeavisMary Ann Evans Began Her Literary Career As A Translator, And Later Editor, Of The Westminster Review In , She Published Scenes Of Clerical Life, The First Of Eight Novels She Would Publish Under The Name Of George Eliot , Including The Mill On The Floss, Middlemarch, And Daniel DerondaIf You Enjoyed Silas Marner, You Might Like Nathaniel Hawthorne S The Scarlet Letter, Also Available In Penguin Classics I Think Silas Marner Holds A Higher Place Than Any Of The Author S Works It Is Nearly A Masterpiece It Has Of That Simple, Rounded, Consummate Aspect Which Marks A Classical Work Henry James
When I was a teen, I heard that Silas Marner was a horrid old book about a rotten old miser and that I never wanted to read it My Thanks to modern day Steve Martin who has updated several classics ie Cyrano de Bergerac s Roxane and Silas Marner with modern movies that beautifully hold true to the books The Movie was A Simple Little Wish and it was a beautiful story of a man and a child he adopts In the credits I saw that the movie was based on Silas Marner At that point I had to read the book I am glad I did It took me forty pages or so for my mind to wrap around the sixteenth century english as used by George Eliot actually written by a woman by the way and then it read like a dream Wonderful and inspiring.This book is hard to get started with, due to unfamiliar word play, butthan worth the chase A dark tale of betrayal and poetical justice, Silas Marner walks straight into the reader s heart in the same way Eppie walked into his The first half of the story so painful and gloomy, it is almost impossible to bear, and the only consolation is the steady rhythm of the loom working day after day, weaving the threads of the story to golden craft.As Godfrey gets to know bringing light into the secrets of the past may bring you a double loss where you have calculated on an easy gain And as Silas gets to know sometimes a past stays dark or is wiped out entirely, for a caring and loving father to enjoy the bright future instead.As Eppie will know choose with your heart and all you touch will shine like goldA story set in chiaroscuro, to be cherished and kept hidden in the inner treasure chest that each book lover valuesthan gold and silver 875 Silas Marner, George EliotSilas Marner The Weaver of Raveloe is the third novel by George Eliot, published in 1861 An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, it is notable for its strong realism and its sophisticated treatment of a variety of issues ranging from religion to industrialization to community The novel is set in the early years of the 19th century Silas Marner, a weaver, is a member of a small Calvinist congregation in Lantern Yard, a slum street in Northern England He is falsely accused of stealing the congregation s funds while watching over the very ill deacon Two clues are given against Silas a pocket knife, and the discovery in his own house of the bag formerly containing the money There is the strong suggestion that Silas best friend, William Dane, has framed him, since Silas had lent his pocket knife to William shortly before the crime was committed Lots are drawn in the belief shared by Silas that God will direct the process and establish the truth However Silas is proclaimed guilty The woman Silas was to marry breaks their engagement and instead marries William With his life shattered, his trust in God lost and his heart broken, Silas leaves Lantern Yard and the city for a rural area where he is unknown Marner travels south to the Midlands and settles near the rural village of Raveloe in Warwickshire, where he lives isolated and alone, choosing to have only minimal contact with the residents He throws himself into his craft and comes to adore the gold coins he earns and hoards from his weaving One foggy night, the two bags of gold are stolen by Dunstan Dunsey Cass, a dissolute younger son of Squire Cass, the town s leading landowner Silas then sinks into a deep gloom, despite the villagers attempts to aid him Dunsey immediately disappears, but little is made of this by the community because he had vanished several times before 2006 1349 86 1369 341 1371 1380 1371 144 1372 1375 1379 144 1375 96 1395 272 Nul en pleurer that s the French phrase that sprang to my mind when I finished Silas Marner It has a low average score here and it s not difficult to understand why, even to those who loved the book to bits.I have no agenda, but classics and I rarely mix I ve been bitten so many times that I m a gazillion times shy I m seriously considering of moving away from these tepid experiments and stick to my usual and benevolent hunting grounds as far as books are concerned.Silas Marner is a righteous person with no worry about the future, despite his advanced years and despite his timeline in the 19th century He is far from a happy go lucky person, but he is the closest person in the book that is developed in such a light.I didn t like this book I don t regard this book as a deserved classic It should have been relegated to anonymity Life isn t fair. A slight, subtle and subversive fable, a post Christian novel, absurdly perfect in its balance and symbols Filled with teasing humour and very careful intimate moments.Yet because of that it seems unkind to even discuss it, since it is barely possibly to do so without revealing great chunks of plot.As a very young woman George Eliot was a person of severe and earnest Christian faith, the pursuit of which caused her to abandon it, still young she fell out with her father over her refusal to go to Church, eventually they came up with a compromise she would attend Church but not take communion and that compromise seems to me to be at the centre of this novel Equally I just reread Frankenstein and the two share a lot both are centrally about parent child relationships and perhaps the failure of many families to achieve effective Eliotian compromises Nature, nurture, adoption and the nature of parenthood are key concerns in both books as are character the quintessential Victorian theme Here Eliot shows us the perfection of the balance she constructs into the story the characters are consistent and drive behaviours but those behaviours which are moral failings in one set of circumstances turn out to be virtues in another, and the reverse is also true setting up a balance between the weaver of the title and the son of the Squire The Former s obsessive clingyness makes him a miser in the first part of the book, but when his golden guineas are replaced by a golden haired child we see the same character trait lead him to become a careful and attentive father The Squire s son s easy going reliance on chance gets him exactly what he wants without ever having to work for it, but denies him that which he realises that he wantsthan casual wealth and a pretty, socially desirable wife The child who says that she doesn t want to see change and wants everything to stay the same is naturally the agent of transformation.I m struck most by the post Christian implications of the novel despite the formal Christian observance of the characters Christianity here is a collection of words and rituals devoid of any meaning to the characters, Q.D Leavis in the bonus introduction that this edition has points out the division between faith and works between two of the squire s sons, but this doesn t I feel go far enough, Christianity here is a collection of scraps without meaning, practised without understanding despite the presence of Preachers, chapel, church, vicars, regular attendance and prayer books, none of which has anything to do with what characters actually do or believe.Instead we see the dominating presence of the Genius loci which for once are not entirely hostile The titular Marner is a weaver, working away with his loom like a spider, in his web he catches a child, but instead of consuming it as a good spider ought, he is consumed and transformed by it, a process which like Eliot s childhood compromise brings him into community Community, Eliot says is alone what sustains the Church, it s theology and history are nothings meaningless to everybody nobody not even the vicar understands what baptism and christening are Apparently the dissenting Christianity that Marner first practises in his Northern Chapel is an entirely different religion to the Church of England Christianity practised in the rural shire later in the story Different gods preside So we see that as Eliot tells us this morality tale she is making a subversive point Christianity is not the font of morality, it is merely an alien growth, a parasite, grafted upon morality which itself arises from character and situation.However in the central motive of the transformational nature of parenthood she also tells us that nature not only transcends nature, but also one s own nurturing and environment Is George Eliot the greatest, or is that an empty question I was quite bored throughout Can t saythan that. I read this in high school many moons ago, and all I remembered about it was that I didn t much care for it, though could remember why I picked it up again as it was a read for a group I m in, and was very curious to find out how I felt about it now Well, you can see by my rating how that worked out As soon as I started reading I remembered why I disliked it back then Too wordy, way too wordy, when one sentence would do, it takes four with all the descriptive meanderings Was she paid by the word I know books were scarcer in those times, and maybe flowery speech was to readers liking I don t know, but as this is not a long book, if the extra was cut out, it probably would only have been novella length, or maybe a short story There is a good message buried within, I remember that too and since I now rememberabout this novel I am not going to subject myself to rereading the whole thing Done An innocent young man Silas Marner, is accused of stealing Church money, the actual crime committed by his best friend, William, a common occurrence the culprit wants Silas s fiancee, Sarah She soon rejects Silas, but not the treacherous William The distraught weaver flees Lantern Yard, when his brethren do not believe him blameless in the affair, to the country village of Raveloe A bitter broken man he becomes, his life ruined Apparently set in the English Midlands, during the French wars of the early 1800 s For fifteen long years, the lonely miser keeps spinning his wheel, weaving Countless hours, the tireless man continues, all alone in his cottage, isolated from the rest of the world, which he is not a welcomed member, he believes Saving his money and watching the growing pile of coins, he counts every night , hiding them under the cottage s floor boards The only joy in his solitary unhappy life, thinking, always thinking of the past, brooding forever How had he come to this sad end But a thief in the night changes everything, while Marner is away on business, all Silas s money is stolen, Mr Marner can t believe it, searching the whole cottage nothing is discovered however Going to the local tavern the Rainbow, to report the crime, the villagers are shocked, frightened too at his sudden, unexpected appearance Still nothing is found, and the locals blame wrongly, a recent peddler long gone, who would think that someone from the area, had done this evil deed Time marches on, the quiet village becomes quiet again The weaver has been punished, twice, later Silas subject to seizures, had his door open, looking out at the land As if, somehow, someway, he ll see his money there The snowy, cold night brings him salvation, instead, a little girl barely able to walk, comes into his home and lies down by the fireplace to get warm Mr.Marner doesn t see her, another epileptic seizure, occurred When he recovers and comes back in, sits down by the fire, a vague image in his tired, weak eyes, Gold Has his golden coins returned No, only a child and her golden hairHeaven has given him a replacement for his lost money, muchvaluable, he calls her Eppie Hephzibah , after his dead mother and sister Joy arrives to the friendless man and a reason to live, the little girl s mother s frozen body is found outside, but where did she come from The mystery will not be solved for now, Silas is transformed, will he be able to care for Eppie, and keep her Thankfully a kindly neighbor Mrs.Winthrop, with four sons helps out, becomes the child s Godmother she always wanted a daughter A classic fairy tale, still relevant in the modern era, the premise Simple, everybody needs love. 2011 marks 150 years since the publication of Silas Marner I can see why some modern readers would find the pace slow, the language difficult, the moral message too strong and the story too neatly tied up That will happen if you insist that a mid 19th century novel be judged by early 21st century standards I don t understand why some people refuse to read a book on it s own terms, but insist that the book conform to their terms It s like they live in a city with great restaurants that represent every type of food in the world, but they only ever go to the steakhouse To me the story of the miserly weaver who loses his riches but discovers a greater treasure is one of the great novels of any time The story itself is not so powerful as the incredibly deep insight the author has for what motivates human behaviour, particularly bad behaviour Often while reading Silas Marner I was reminded of William Faulkner because both authors had a particular talent for exposing how people find self righteous justifications for greedy actions While Faulkner reveals hypocrisy in a darkly humorous way, Eliot shows compassion for all her characters, no matter how flawed, and one gets the sense that her novels are presided over by a kind and forgiving God The novels of George Eliot do not simply instruct us in proper behavior for who wants to be preached at but give an example of a kind loving attitude that is needed muchtoday, I think, than it was 150 years ago.