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Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (World's Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780192834584
ISBN10: 0192834584
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Synopsis:

Falsely accused, cut off from his past, Silas the weaver hoardes his gold. Meanwhile, Godfrey Cass, son of the squire, contracts a secret marriage. While the village celebrates Christmas and New Year, two apparently inexplicable events occur: Silas loses his gold and finds a child on his hearth.

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Silas Marner, a simple, religious man, angrily retreats from his community and church when he is unjustly accused of theft. In an isolated cottage, Silas spends his days weaving cloth and his nights sifting through the piles of gold he obsessively accumulates. Then, one New Year's Eve, a little girl, Eppie, appears at his home, and his life is miraculously transformed. Eliot's timeless tale includes an Introduction by David Carroll.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxiv-xxxvi).

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Terence Cave is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

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nrlymrtl, May 5, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
A weaver friend of mine lent this book to me because I am also a weaver. It is my first George Eliot book. I found it rather boring. The story could have been told as a novelette and gotten the same moral points across. I also found the moral points to be one-sided and hence, not interesting. The characters are pretty much one-dimensional never really straying from their initial set of traits. There are a few women in this book, but they have very minor, slim roles: mother, wife, lover, daughter.

Also, there was a religious bent to it that I didn’t fully get. Silas came from northern England and there attended chapel. Whereas in Raveloe people attend church. I am not too sure what the distinction is and how it relates to 1800s England. But it was clear that church was the way to go if you wanted to be a fine upstanding citizen. Also there was one scene where a neighbor’s wife comes over with her youngest to teach Silas some basics of child care and she brings lard cakes. She uses a stamp (probably iron) to put some letters in to the top of the lard cakes while squishing them flat (IHS) which she assumes are good letters as she sees them at the church. She is illiterate and doesn’t know what they mean and the book never explains to the reader assuming everyone will know. When I see IHS, I think industrial hygienists. But I am guessing these stand for some Latin religious phrase. The religious bent itself didn’t bother me; the lack of explanation so that I, the reader, can fully understand the culture bothered me.

The book ends with a strong scene that upholds the morals already laid out in the book. While the over all message seems to be that love is extremely important to a happy life, it is given to the reader is a very high-handed way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192834584
Subtitle:
The Weaver of Raveloe
Editor:
Cave, Terence
Author:
Eliot, George
Author:
Cave, Terence
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Adopted children
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Subject:
Women's Studies
Series:
Oxford World's Classics
Series Volume:
41
Publication Date:
19981203
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 68 line figures
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in 0.381 lb

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Product details 232 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780192834584 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Falsely accused, cut off from his past, Silas the weaver hoardes his gold. Meanwhile, Godfrey Cass, son of the squire, contracts a secret marriage. While the village celebrates Christmas and New Year, two apparently inexplicable events occur: Silas loses his gold and finds a child on his hearth.
"Synopsis" by , Silas Marner, a simple, religious man, angrily retreats from his community and church when he is unjustly accused of theft. In an isolated cottage, Silas spends his days weaving cloth and his nights sifting through the piles of gold he obsessively accumulates. Then, one New Year's Eve, a little girl, Eppie, appears at his home, and his life is miraculously transformed. Eliot's timeless tale includes an Introduction by David Carroll.
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