What are the best George Eliot books?

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    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 


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    John Schneider
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "HIstorical fiction is one of my most favorite categories of literature. This book tells the story of lives in England in the early 1800's. The interations of Dorothea Brooke and Dr Tertius Lydgate, is typical of maby relationships today which makes for an even more interesting read."
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    #2Scenes of Clerical Life

    Scenes of Clerical Life
    This book is George Eliot's, pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans, first work of fiction. It was highly praised for its irony and sophisticated humor, as it perfectly depicts the ordinary lives of ordinary men and women through three different stories. 


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    Charles Weaver
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "George Eliot is a pioneer of the Victorian genre. This book brings a refreshing feel to the genre and brings a new look on it to the people that aren't used to these types of books. The plot is humorous, the characters are believable, and the presentation is flawless. Easily one of his better books."
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    #3The Lifted Veil

    The Lifted Veil

    Known for her realistic fiction books, George Eliot explores in this book the world of extrasensory perception and the possibility of life after death. Latimer, the narrator of this book, marries the fiancée of his dead brother, a woman with a mysterious and untrustworthy nature.  


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    Peter Contreras
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "one of the good books from george eliot, good read for nights."
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    #4The Mill on the Floss

    The Mill on the Floss

    This book, written by George Eliot, narrates the lives of Tom and Maggie Sulliver, two siblings who live in the village of St. Ogg, near Lincolnshire. Like every work from this author, the book articulates the growing tension between the characters, who have to deal with their feelings and hard circumstances in order to succeed. 


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    Anthony Carroll
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is a great George Eliot book. It's about 600 pages but not dull for a book that size. This is no Atlas Shrugged and will keep you reading. "
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    #5Felix Holt, the Radical

    Felix Holt, the Radical

    Published in 1866, this social novel by George Eliot narrates the problems in a small town after the First Reform Act was applied in 1832. Harold Transome and Felix Holt are fighting each other over an election, and also for the love of the stepdaughter of a Dissenting minister. 


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    Justin Aguilar
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "one of the good ones from george eliot, a nice read during calm nights."
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    This historical novel by George Eliot is a in-depth and complete study of the city of Florence in the fifteenth century, from an intellectual, social and religious point of view. This Renaissance days were turbulent, with the Medici family starting to get power, and through the eyes of Romola, the daughter of a blind scholar, we can get to know how these days were. 


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    Bryan Williams
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "one of the underwhelming books of george eliot. not the best one to start with."
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    #7Adam Bede

    Adam Bede
    This is the first published work by George Eliot, pen name of Marie Ann Evans. The book perfectly narrates the 19th century English rural life: the plot follows four different characters living in the fictional community of Hayslope, two men and two women who form a love rectangle.


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    Emily Liu
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "If you like old fashioned books, this one would fit the bill."
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    #8Daniel Deronda

    Daniel Deronda
    Published in 1876, this is George Eliot's last novel and the only one in her whole career that is set in the contemporary Victorian society. This book criticizes aristocracy and Jewish nationalism. 


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    Michelle Howard
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "One of the many books made by George Eliot"
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    #9Silas Marner

    Silas Marner

    Set in the early 19th century days, this George Eliot novel manages to treat a wide range of issues, like religion or industrialization, while focusing in the life of Silas Marner, a man who after being betrayed by his own friend, has to leave Lantern Yard in order to survive. He goes to Raveloe, where he gets a significant amount of money, only to have it stolen by a man named Dunstan Cass. 


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    William McDonald
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I must say, out of all the George Eliot books I've read, Silas Marner is my favorite. I think it's the best book that Eliot wrote. This novel tackles both religion and industrialization. "


Best What are the best George Eliot books
1MiddlemarchBooks 14 Paid
2Scenes of Clerical LifeBooks 11 Paid
3The Lifted VeilBooks 9 Paid
4The Mill on the FlossBooks 9 Paid
5Felix Holt, the Radical Books 7 Paid
6Romola Books 6 Paid
7Adam Bede Books 4 Paid
8Daniel DerondaBooks 3 Paid
9Silas Marner Books 1 Paid

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