The Weaver of Raveloe

18 12 2009

Silas Marner by George Eliot

According to the blurb:

Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. Silas Marner, George Eliot’s favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.

“Unsentimental” is perhaps not entirely accurate but it is a cracking tale and beautifully crafted. Almost feels like a novella compared with other chunkier works but nevertheless absolutely outstanding. Can’t believe I’ve never found the time to read it before.

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