Scenes of Clerical Life

By George Eliot
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14.09 Hours 07/01/1999 unabridged
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George Eliot’s brilliant fiction debut contains three stories from the lives of clergymen, with the aim of disclosing the value hidden in the commonplace. “The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton” portrays a character who is hard to like and generally despised—until his suffering shocks others into fellowship and sympathy. In “Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story,” young Caterina is courted by two opposite men: Wybrow, who is capable of loving only himself, and Mr. Gilfil, whose love is selfless. “Janet’s Repentance” recounts a conversion from sinfulness to righteousness, achieved through the selfless endeavors of an evangelical clergyman.         Written more than a decade after her break with the Christian faith, these tales represent Eliot’s search for a “religion of humanity” compatible with the best qualities of Christianity.

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Summary

Summary

George Eliot’s brilliant fiction debut contains three stories from the lives of clergymen, with the aim of disclosing the value hidden in the commonplace.

“The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton” portrays a character who is hard to like and generally despised—until his suffering shocks others into fellowship and sympathy.

In “Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story,” young Caterina is courted by two opposite men: Wybrow, who is capable of loving only himself, and Mr. Gilfil, whose love is selfless.

“Janet’s Repentance” recounts a conversion from sinfulness to righteousness, achieved through the selfless endeavors of an evangelical clergyman.        

Written more than a decade after her break with the Christian faith, these tales represent Eliot’s search for a “religion of humanity” compatible with the best qualities of Christianity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The exquisite truth and delicacy, both of the humour and the pathos of those stories, I have never seen the like of.” Charles Dickens
“As one comes back to [Eliot’s] books after years of absence, they pour out, even against our expectations, the same store of energy and heat, so that we want more than anything to idle in the warmth.” Virginia Woolf
“May leads the pack…bringing subtleties and shadings to her interpretations that few can equal.” Whitney Scott
“It is a first-rate novel, and its author takes rank at once among the masters of the art.” Times (London)

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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: 14.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English