Silas Marner

The Weaver of Raveloe

Eliot, George

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Silas Marner
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The lonely and miserable life of a miserly recluse is transformed when he takes in an orphaned child and raises her as his own daughter.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780375757495
037575749X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Eli
Characteristics: xvii, 209 p. ; 21 cm

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Feb 11, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So the book was first published in 1861, but is set in a time earlier in the 1800s. Silas has had a rude awakening about human nature and friendship and moved to Raveloe as a result. He leads a solitary life, concentrating on amassing money for money`s sake, spending little on himself and not interacting with his neighbours. When his fortune is stolen, he is devastated, and appeals to the community in a panic for help. It is this that first gets his neighbours taking an interest in him. When another set of circumstances lead to a small child being orphaned on Silas` doorstep, he finds himself compelled to take her in and make her a loving home. This move brings him further into the community and we see how it is this action that drives the community opinion of him.
The leading family in Raveloe is the Cass family, and while the oldest son Godfrey is a good-natured man, generally well-meaning, the second son Dunstan is one who would sell him own mother, if she wasn`t already dead. Dunstan has drawn Godfrey into an ill-conceived relationship and is now using that as a hold over him. But he is always on the lookout for opportunities for money, and this leads him to criminal actions and bad outcomes.
The action takes place in two time periods, one with the plot threads described above and another sixteen years later, when we see the results of these actions. There is definitely a morality tale aspect to the plot, but the characters are what really bring the book to life. I really enjoyed it.

Aug 20, 2012
  • Agent13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic that deals with themes of redemption, religion and which values are meaningful to one's life. What is remarkable about this book is that its protangonist is someone I did not initially like. Ms. Eliot does show us the good in Marner eventually. It is a short read written in a style that is inviting to any reader.

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A lonely miser finds and infant girl on his doorstep and adopts her.

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