Without a doubt, she is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to - ranking up there with Jim Dale, George Guidall and Scott Brick. Its solidity and the first pages of the story did not present an easy read especially when my busy life made any book hard to take on. Who was the most memorable character of Middlemarch and why? Where are the servants and tenants? A similar dynamic is present in Dorothea and Casaubon's relationship, with Dorothea revering her new husband's intellect and eloquence. Her own had a feather in it. To safe guard his interest, he rewrites a will stating, Dorothea can't inherit his properties. Set in the country side farming back round this novel narrates the lives of young sheep farm owner Gabriel Oak and her employee Bathsheba. During the following year Eliot resumed work, fusing together several stories into a coherent whole, and during 1871—72 the novel appeared in serial form.
A similar dynamic is present in Dorothea and Casaubon's relationship, with Dorothea revering her new husband's intellect and eloquence. There is so very much in here. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword. She displays a keen ability for a range of British accents, perfectly sorting the servants from the aristocracy and everyone in between. I may even have cried a little, though this seldom occurs to me and I would not tell anyone i know. I am sure nobody needs me to pronounce on the genius of George Elliot's masterpiece but whether it is an old favourite or a new discovery- you could not do better than stop here to discover or rediscover its many delights.
Daniel, an Englishman of uncertain parentage, becomes Gwendolyn's redeemer as she finds herself drawn to his spiritual and altruistic nature after a loveless marriage. He pours his energy into selflessly helping his friends, including poor Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth. Rufus Sewell was made for this role He exudes all the charm, the enigma and the romance in Will's personality beautifully. He had published her first book and ran the radical quarterly The Westminster Review. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society.
It is almost impossible to describe how spellbinding is Juliet Stevenson's rendition of this outstanding novel. What was missing for me was Juliet Stevenson's narration. Amazing skill of the narrator brought all the characters alive and made this 19th century piece of literature very relevant in our modern life. This book has been on my to-read list for years. I knew this book to be excellent but I was not prepared for such a feat of narration. So when i had some work to do that meant I had some serious listening time ahead of me I begrudgingly thought i would do my duty.
It's unfortunate that her voice wasn't used to the best effect. Lady It is across the roulette table that Gwendolen Harleth first locks eyes with the enigmatic Daniel Deronda. Christina Hardyment, The Times Booklet Notes George Eliot, born Mary Ann Evans, plain country daughter of a land agent in the Midlands of England, is one of the most remarkable authors in English literature. In both cases, however, the young wives' expectations of their husbands intellects are not reflected in reality. Glad you read it makes it sound something like a chore you finally got around to crossing off your list. This timeless story of seduction and betrayal follows the virtuous carpenter Adam Bede, whose world is soon disrupted when the all-too-beautiful Hetty betrays him for another villager.
Eventually this relationship settled to a purely professional one; and it was around this time, in the early 1850s, that she met the remarkable philosopher and critic George Henry Lewes. Every day I long to put my earphones in and just immerse myself in the story. I fell in love with Juliet Stevenson when I happened upon a small English movie called something like deeply madly and I knew she was a star. And I see that John has just downloaded Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow. In contrast, Lydgate at times arrogantly flaunts his knowledge, making enemies with his fellow physicians.
She stayed with him until his death in 1849, and then went almost immediately to Switzerland for eight months. But Middlemarch is supposed to be one the greatest novels. She received an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court, and a number of other awards for her work in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply. I found this heavy going. There is the subtle humor and the witty and insightful political and social commentary. A passionate tale of a chaotic and often violent love, Wuthering Heights transcends your average romance and, with its Gothic undertones, takes the listener on a journey through one man's lustful hunt for revenge.
I think I may enjoy it more on a second listening though, now that I know the characters. Her take on the relationships between men and women is insightful. As i have commented before it seems there is a group of american males who dominate the reading of the latest recordings released for about a year or so. The sets, costumes and photography capture exquisitely life in England in the Victorian era. Now Juliet Stevenson has climbed this narrative Everest so that we can hear it as it was first enjoyed: read aloud in installments.