I don’t even know how to review George Eliot, especially this novel. She captures such amazing things about human nature; not every ending is happy, but some are. I love the relationships between characters, their passions, how they grow and develop as the book goes along. Dorothea especially shines as a character, suffering through a difficult marriage and finally greeting happiness with open arms and a great deal of maturity. Each character has both flaws and virtues, and they are all well-drawn and capable of existence.
I love the society of Middlemarch, and I’d like to think of it as a snapshot of a small, somewhat rural town, all residents bound together against scandal and “new” inhabitants. She’s an author that captures the connections between people really well. Married people, friends, clients, children; all are connected and believably so.
I enjoyed the epilogue, even though it wasn’t necessary since I felt as though I lived in Middlemarch. Having such a place just stop existing is impossible!
Wish I could go back and read it again!