My Life in Middlemarch (Compact Disc)

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By Rebecca Mead, Kate Reading (Read by)
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I read this book because my ridiculously stunning friend loved it, and
if she said that the phonebook was an engrossing read then I would have
read that. I would totally lie to her and tell her that I loved it
regardless of my opinion on the book, but I have no reason to lie to you
-- this book is fantastic. Told in a scholarly yet personal way, it's a
biography of Eliot, autobiography of the author, and review of Middlemarch. You emerge from the book fired up to re-read Middlemarch, so it's like getting two wonderful books in one.

— Pete


A New Yorker writer revisits the seminal book of her youth--Middlemarch--and fashions a singular, involving story of how a passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories. Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage, and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel, which Virginia Woolf famously described as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people," offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not. In this wise and revealing work of biography, reportage, and memoir, Rebecca Mead leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that deftly mirrors that of the novel, My Life in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot's masterpiece--the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure--and brings them into our world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot's biography and an exploration of the way aspects of Mead's life uncannily echo that of the author herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781482973556
ISBN-10: 1482973553
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Language: English