When I went to Goodreads to mark Middlemarch (number 20 on the BBC book list, which I am working my way through) as “read” and to give it five stars (yes, it’s that good), I noticed that most everybody else who had written reviews of the novel felt the same way I did. Here’s a sampling of what I saw.
Siobhan said, “Best. G*?%*ed. Book. Ever. Seriously, this sh*t’s bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.” Okay, Siobhan. Calm down. We get it. You loved the book.
Alex wrote, “Middlemarch is a towering achievement. It’s tough to find words strong enough to describe it.” I must concur. There are no words. Well, unless you go back to what Siobhan said. There are some words for you!
Phil gave it five stars and confessed: “When I finished reading this book, I wrote in the front of it that ‘This is the most rewarding book you will ever read’ and left it on a bookshelf in Fiji.” If it’s the best book, why on earth did you leave it behind? I guess he was hoping that somebody in Fiji would read it, but he later states, “I doubt anyone’s picked it up since then; Fiji is a strange and frightening place.”
Anyway, you get the idea. These people loved Middlemarch, and so do I! Although I won’t use as strong of words as Siobhan, or leave it on a bookshelf in Fiji for somebody else to discover, I will tell you all about it. I officially declare this week on my blog Middlemarch Week. It’s a long book, a deep book, and one that deserves a whole week dedicated to it. However, after I’m done writing this week, I still don’t think I will have articulated exactly why this is one of the best books I have ever read and probably one of the best ever written.
It’s not an easy read. There were times that I became drowsy and put the book down for a nap. There were times that I wondered why on earth I had to read about gambling or politics, when all I wanted to know was if and when Mr. Casaubon would die. I struggled through it, but at the end, I felt a sense of accomplishment, triumph, and true love for this famous Victorian novel, published in 1874.
Have you read it? Is it B-A-N-A-N-A-S?