another world and another time this story takes you to the brilliance
between classes and culture, with striking beauty and detail of
the male and female characters. Daniel, a handsome young man who
is thrown into the lives of two women who want him, struggles with
the mystery of his past that pulls him and the comfort of a caring
wealthy man who adopted him and offers him a perfect future.
‘I meant everything
in the book to be related to everything else,’ wrote George Eliot
of her last novel Daniel Deronda, published in 1876. Daniel Deronda
opens with one of the most memorable encounters in fiction that
are rumored to be based on the life of a close friend of the author’s.
Lovely Gwendolen Harleth, alluring yet unsettling, is poised at
the roulette-table in Leubronn, where she loosing her hand while
being observed by dark and handsome Daniel Deronda. Daniel, a young
man groomed in the finest tradition of the English upper-classes,
finds himself searching for his true path in life.
blonde Gwendolen becomes trapped in an oppressive marriage, a series
of twists and dramatic encounters draws Deronda to further pursue
his past. And a question comes out of the shadows that leads to
a mysterious Italian Countessa who is Jewish. As remote as Gwendolen’s
comfort in the country may seem from the world of dark haired beauty
Mirah, the lost girl who also has deep feelings for Daniel Deronda,
then enters Mordecai, a mystical sort of visionary, running a book
shop in the poorest parts of London.
Eliot weaves these strands of her plot intimately together, daring
the readers of Adam Bede and Middlemarch to open their eyes to areas
of experience wholly new to the Victorian novel.
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