Romola

By George Eliot
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21.90 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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"There is no book of mine about which I more thoroughly feel that I swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood." Thus wrote George Eliot about Romola, the book which is central in her career as a novelist and amongst her most colorful, fluent, and persuasive works. Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot’s novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola’s teachings, then crushed by the religious leader’s ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice.

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Summary

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"There is no book of mine about which I more thoroughly feel that I swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood." Thus wrote George Eliot about Romola, the book which is central in her career as a novelist and amongst her most colorful, fluent, and persuasive works.

Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot’s novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola’s teachings, then crushed by the religious leader’s ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“George Eliot’s humanity colors all her other gifts—her humor, her morality, and her exquisite rhetoric.” Henry James
“One of the greatest works of modern fiction…probably the author's greatest work.” Richard Hutton, Spectator
“[Eliot’s] narrative seems not so much a conventional historical novel as a rewriting of history with imaginary characters struggling to find their way in the labyrinth of circumstances largely beyond their control.” Robert Kiely, Loker Professor of English, emeritus, Harvard University
“For readers interested in gender, language, and history, the difficulty of reading is more than offset by the novel’s complex and intriguing treatment of these three issues—issues that are at the core of contemporary literary criticism and theory.” Dorothea Barrett, professor, New York University at La Pietra

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Author Bio: George Eliot

George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann, or Marian, Evans (1819–1880), was an English Victorian novelist of the first rank. An assistant editor for the Westminster Review from 1851 to 1854, she wrote her first fiction in 1857 and her first full-length novel, Adam Bede, in 1859. In her writing, she was chiefly preoccupied with moral problems, especially the moral development and psychological analysis of her characters. She is known for her sensitive and honest depiction of life and people in works that are acclaimed as classics.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 21.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English