Silas Marner

Silas Marner

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Silas Marner, which first appeared in 1861, is a tale about life, love, and the need to belong. Accused of a crime he didn't commit and unjustly forced from his home town, Silas the weaver lives a reclusive and godless life, finding love and companionship only in material objects. It takes the theft of his gold and the discovery of an abandoned infant to remind him of the importance of human relationships and faith.Author George Eliot carefully weaves the interaction of plot and character, and, in so doing, depicts Silas Marner's redemption and rebirth through his love and protection of the orphaned girl and the possibility of losing her. Throughout the book, Eliot also takes the opportunity to voice her feelings about industrialization, religion, and social class distinctions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400116089
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Series: Tantor Unabridged Classics
Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann, or Marion, Evans (1819-1880), was the author of several novels including Silas Marner. Middlemarch is considered not only her finest work, but one of the greatest English novels of the 19th century.

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Silas Marner 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I am not used to reading classic novels, I found it really interesting to read. I found this book really excellent because of the the descriptive writing and now I am really looking forward to reading many classic novels through my high school years. George Eliot is a really good writer. I want to read all of her books now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this book for my English class. Although it isn't a modern book, it still is an excellent read and applies to modern times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. The characters are interesting and story is great. The only reason this book didn't get five stars is that it should of been longer because I would love to know more about silas marner and his relationship with Eppie. It is a good short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a classic for all time. Kids today don't get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book club choice as our classic of the year. Thought something from the 1800's would be difficult to follow but the language is interesting and not too wordy as some of the classics can be. I have not finished this but am still interested and enjoying it 2/3 of the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an English teacher I love re-reading novels each year. What I didn't expect this year was a new-found appreciation for Silas Marner. The theme of redemption and the colliding of parallel plots moved me this year like no year before. It just makes you feel good to read a story based in love, honor and just reward in a time like ours. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a feel-good story for spring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the language is 'old,' this book is a fabulous read. I encourage readers to 'plow through' the beginning even if it seems a little long on description. Once the story begins to unfold, it is engaging. Eliot's ability to weave a story out of small vingettes is amazing. The language may be old, the but the themes in the book are timeless: love, dishonesty, redemtion, and celebration. If the text is too difficult to read, let me suggest that you get the book on tape (or CD), take it on a long trip and listen to it. I think that by the end of the first CD, you will be fascinated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u like old books the you'll love it an early verson of a simple twist of fate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Poor Marner went out with that despair in his soul- that shaken trust in God and man, which is little short of madness to a loving nature." (Eliot P 9) It was Silas's night to watch the sick and old Senior Deacon in the Church of Lantern Yard; the home in which Silas had become so fond of. Then something horrific happened that night. "The lots declared that Silas Marner was guilty." (Eliot P 9) Silas had lost everything. But he would not leave until he cleared his conscience of the false accusation. "The last time I remember using my knife, was when I took it out to cut a strap for you. I don't remember putting it in my pocket again. You stole the money, and you have woven a plot to lay the sin at my door. But you may prosper, for all that; there is no just God that governs the Earth righteously, but a God of lies, that bears witness against the innocent." (Marner P 9) And with that, Silas set off as far away from the town of Lantern Yard, hoping that God would justify him and show him refuge. To inflict more damage to the already broken Silas Marner, late in the wintery night in Raveloe, to his astonishment he looks down to what appears to be a baby sitting at his chair looking at him. Bewildered by this sight, Silas grabs the baby and goes outside to see where she had come from. In the snow, he sees fresh made footsteps by this mysterious baby, which leads him to a furze bush, and behind it lay the baby's mother dead. "You won't be giving me away father, she had said before they went to the church; you'll only be taking Aaron to be a son to you." (E. Marner P 150) In the light of all Silas's misfortune and peculiar incidents involving him, it is clear that will all sacrifices comes goodness, and in the end, all ends well and restoration is made to the broken hearts of all that seek love again whether be in gold guineas, another woman, or in the heart of a toddler brought to your doorstep by the all mighty himself. Although a rather average novel at two-hundred-fifty pages, Silas Marner goes in depth and there are multiple outlooks and perspectives to take on the novel. Readers will also face up to a novel written in majority of classic English, which is often confusing and will lead readers off track constantly. One who reads will find that the book begins slowly and is jumpy throughout. Some chapters revolve all around one character and at the end, readers will be left with cliffhangers to think about. However, the novel begins to interest towards chapter five when readers actually get a feel for what each character represents and symbolizes. This novel provides historical fiction as it is based in England, and shows a complexion that many books may seem just too simple. As the headline states, for those who are only intrigued by the Harry Potters and Twilights of literature who look for action around every corner, unfortunately this book does not deliver. However, a person who is looking for a decent intellectual book that goes deep into the culture of a century ago will find the plot and storyline rather graceful. One book that although does not portray the same historical connection as Silas Marner, but does force the reader to think is Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Silas Marner delivers a spin and a twist which takes any reader for a rollercoaster ride, and in the end delivers a thought provoking insight to love, friendship, betrayal, societal hierarchy, religion, and hope earning "9" out of
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this story, it is one of the best classic novels. It makes me sad to learn that it has become highschool english fodder. It is the perfect book for reading by the fire on a cold winter day. Silas's tale of loss and gain, love and and selflessness, and the many ways to have wealth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first half of this book is hard to get into, and quite boring, but after that, it becomes an unforgettable heart warming story of a child's love changing an old man's life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding!! George Eliot has to be one of the greatest writers ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of love, gold, and redemption. I highly recommend it. Go out and buy it or rent it!!
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had been put off George Eliot by my English teacher at school, who had a strong dislike of 'Middlemarch' that soon communicated itself to me. In a way this was a good thing, as I soon found myself enjoying 'Silas Marner' much more than I had expected, having expected to hate it. It is a convincing illustration of parochial English country life, with the short-sightedness and inherent distrust in all things 'foreign' typical of society at that time. Eliot is easier to read than I thought she would be, and she is also a fine storyteller. Maybe it's time to take another look at 'Middlemarch.'
bkinetic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being horribly wronged is compensated by the creation of new lives as father and child. A wonderful story that stays with you.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silas Marner is a reclusive weaver whose greatest pleasure in life is to count his gold in the evening. Then one night a rascally neighbour steals his gold and Marner is bereft. On the night of a ball at the squire's a woman carries her daughter through the cold to confront the squire's son who married and then abandoned her. She collapses from the cold and drugs and her young daughter manages to crawl into Marner's cottage. From then on his life is transformed as he raises the girl. Wonderful story of transformation and consequences.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Still considered as a stranger in the village in which he has lived and worked as a weaver for the last fifteen years, Silas is further treated with suspicion and dislike for his solitary life, as well as the well-founded rumour that his greatest pleasure is counting his gold coins every night. When a thief finds his way to the treasure, Silas' world seemingly falls apart, until one winter night, when a small child appears by his fireside, seemingly out of nowhere. Silas at first mistakes the toddler's golden hair for his lost fortune in gold, but instantly becomes attached and decides to keep and raise her as his daughter, and he comes to see that she has taken the place of the gold and brought many greater riches to his life. A beautiful and poignant story of redemption, this short novel (around 200 pages) is also an astute social commentary by the author of Middlemarch, which I intend to tackle in future eventually.
SirRoger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet little book about how one person's life is changed after he loses everything he cherished in his life. After losing all that he thought was most important, he has an opportunity to devote his life to serving and loving someone else, and then his soul is enlarged and he learns what is truly important.I do recommend this book. The story is a bit sad, but it ends very sweetly, and it deals with such timeless questions as honesty, family responsibility, & love. I found the Victorian language overly flowery, at least in the first half, and it made it difficult to stay connected with the story. If one recognizes the ornate language and is prepared for it, however, there should be no problem. There are also several colloquial speech spellings which may confuse at first, but make perfect sense if you just say them out loud.
theeccentriclady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I choose to read this book by George Eliot because I was interested in her life story and was curious to see if I would like her writing. This was a small book and seemed like a good start. I did enjoy this story. The old writing is hard at times but I found the story still timely.
quoddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book overall; though definitely not in the period of Eliot's ripe penmanship. The descriptions are beautiful, and the emotions are very real.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a real-life Book Circle read that, well, got mixed reviews. Some people thought the writing was brilliant and others found it dated; some people thought it was too short, others too long for the short story they felt it truly was and not the novel it's pretending to be.I think it's a lovely book. I think Silas is about as honestly drawn and cannily observed a character as fiction offers. I think the village of Raveloe is as real as my own village of Hempstead. It's a delight to read about real people, presented without editorial snark, in a book from the 19th century.And therein the book's real achievement. When it was published in 1861, it was a revolutionary tract! The hoi polloi were not to be represented in Art, and novels were then most definitely considered Art, unless they were romanticized, made into prettier or uglier or in some way extreme examples of a Point of View. Simple, honest, direct portrayal of people that novel-readers employed but never conversed with?! Shocking!A book of great importance, then, for its groundbreaking treatment of The People. But also...and this is the reason it helped wreak the revolution whose Robespierres and Dantons were Hemingway and is a simple story of a man's journey down an ever-widening path that leads to enlightenment, told without A Message or A Moral, in prose that remains graceful 150 years later.If you read it in high school, don't blame IT for the hatred your English teacher left you feeling...blame the teacher. It's not fairly presented in English courses. Read it as an adult, and judge it for itself. Maybe it'll be to your personal taste, maybe not, but I think a grown-up read of a book this seminal to all the others we read today, never thinking about how improbable their existence is, isn't too much to ask.
andreacarole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is the story about fate or the fairness of a god who sees what is hidden and rewards or punishes accordingly? Maybe it's just a comment on the human condition.
herschelian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solitary simple-hearted weaver Silas Marner has lived alone for 15 years amassing a hoard of money. One New Year's Eve he finds a baby girl left abandoned by his cottage; for the next 9 years he fosters her and she becomes all in all to him. It transpires that she is connected with the son of the village Squire. A novel of rural England before the Industrial Revolution. Filmed several times.
gercmbyrne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cult member, Silas Marner placaes his entire faith, literally and figuratively in the hands of his fellow sect members. They betray him in two ways - one his best friend frames him and persaudes his girlfriend to jilt him and two the other members of the sect believe the lies about him and expell him.Sials turns against human kind becoming a hermit and a miser; until he accidentally becoems the adoptive father of an abandoned baby. Through the child he returns to life, and society and he loves her deeply.However the child is not what she seems, eing in fact the legitimate heir of the local landlord. When this secret is discovered the issue arises - will she choose gold and social status over the plain love of her adoptive father and his fellows?More sentimental and less profound than Middlemarch, and occasionally straying into hyperbole and didactic moral fable-telling Silas Marner is nevertheless one of the classics of English literature. Its plot reveals hidden pockets of 19th century life including their very own version of what modern society calls cults, the class divide, the lure of greed over humanity and much mroe, under a deceptively simple disguise.