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Silas Marner

Eliot, George, 1819-1880

(Paperback - 1992)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Silas Marner
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Random House, Inc.
Embittered by a false accusation, disappointed in friendship and love, the weaver Silas Marner retreats into a long twilight life alone with his loom. . . and his gold. Silas hoards a treasure that kills his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired founding child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are the secrets that permeate this moving tale of guilt and innocence. A moral allegory of the redemptive power of love, it is also a finely drawn picture of early nineteenth-century England in the days when spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses, and of a simple way of life that was soon to disappear.

Baker & Taylor
Disappointed in friendship and love and embittered by a false accusation, weaver Silas Marner retreats from the world with his loom, but soon finds his monastic existence disturbed by the arrival of a golden-haired child. Reissue.

Baker
& Taylor

The lonely life of a miserly recluse is changed when he takes in an orphaned girl and raises her as his own daughter.

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Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1992
ISBN: 055321229X
9780553212297
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC E
Characteristics: 186 p. ; 18 cm.

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Feb 11, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So the book was first published in 1861, but is set in a time earlier in the 1800s. Silas has had a rude awakening about human nature and friendship and moved to Raveloe as a result. He leads a solitary life, concentrating on amassing money for money`s sake, spending little on himself and not interacting with his neighbours. When his fortune is stolen, he is devastated, and appeals to the community in a panic for help. It is this that first gets his neighbours taking an interest in him. When another set of circumstances lead to a small child being orphaned on Silas` doorstep, he finds himself compelled to take her in and make her a loving home. This move brings him further into the community and we see how it is this action that drives the community opinion of him.
The leading family in Raveloe is the Cass family, and while the oldest son Godfrey is a good-natured man, generally well-meaning, the second son Dunstan is one who would sell him own mother, if she wasn`t already dead. Dunstan has drawn Godfrey into an ill-conceived relationship and is now using that as a hold over him. But he is always on the lookout for opportunities for money, and this leads him to criminal actions and bad outcomes.
The action takes place in two time periods, one with the plot threads described above and another sixteen years later, when we see the results of these actions. There is definitely a morality tale aspect to the plot, but the characters are what really bring the book to life. I really enjoyed it.

Aug 20, 2012
  • Agent13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic that deals with themes of redemption, religion and which values are meaningful to one's life. What is remarkable about this book is that its protangonist is someone I did not initially like. Ms. Eliot does show us the good in Marner eventually. It is a short read written in a style that is inviting to any reader.

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