Reed Seattle Chapter Reading Group - Middlemarch by George Eliot

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Location: TBD

Citing Middlemarch more than half a century after its publication, V.S. Pritchett said of Eliot that "[no] writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully." (The Living Novel, 1946.) The reading group has discussed all of George Eliot's fiction, and has discussed Middlemarch before in 1995 and in 2010. Many people have written about the different experiences of rereading Middlemarch at different ages. (Consider inserting "rereading Middlemarch" in your preferred search engine.)

According to Diana Athill, writing in The Guardian, "Middlemarch is . . . endlessly re-readable. So many stories are woven together that at each reading you seem to become involved with someone passed over only lightly during earlier readings.  . . . [Eliot's] all-embracing but benign imagination is like a climate in which you remain after putting the book down . . . ."  Here is a link to Athill's article:

Reading-group meetings start at 7:30 p.m., and generally end around 9:30. Anyone who has read or viewed the month’s selection is invited to take part; new participants are welcome, and no long-term commitment is required. If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting, so they will know how many people to expect, and so you may be notified in the event that the location should change, as sometimes happens. 

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The books discussed by the group from 1991 through October 2019 may be found in this list.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:30pm


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