Romola

Romola

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Romola by George Eliot

George Eliot’s Romola, writes Robert Kiely in his Introduction, embodies the author’s “wrestling with her own best theories of history and human nature as a creative experiment of the highest order.” 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. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1878 Cabinet Edition.

Author Biography: Robert Kiely is Loker Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard. Among his publications are Reverse Tradition: Postmodern Fictions and the Nineteenth Century Novel, and Still Learning: Spiritual Sketches from a Professor’s Life.

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ISBN-13: 9780192835680
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/28/1998
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)

About the Author

Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Anne" or "Marian"), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

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ROMOLA (15th CENTURY FLORENCE) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Corner_of_the_Library More than 1 year ago
Romola (pronounced RO-ma-la) is set in Florence beginning in the year 1492. On one level it is a love story, telling of the relationship between Romola, who has spent all her life in Florence, and Tito, a Greek who arrives in Florence on the day Lorenzo de' Medici has died. For those going to Florence, this is a book to be read in the city, if one is there long enough. Chapters read at night can be visualized as one walks in the city the next day. The history of Florence of 500 plus years ago comes alive in this marvelous book. Savonarola and his influence are central to the plot. Romola witnesses his Bonfire of the Vanities as she struggles with the changes being manifest in her beloved city. If read on returning from a visit to Florence, Romola will bring back to the reader the marvel of the city and its art treasures. A book for all who love the city of Florence.
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I am a huge George Eliot Fan and this was a very nice cheap digital edition of Romola. The difference between this Barnes & Noble Digital Library Edition and the regular Barnes & Noble classics edition (which also come in paperback) is that these Digital Library Edition versions do not come with the extra essays and literary criticism/interpretations that the other classics/paperback editions contain. If you're just looking for the text of the book itself, this is an excellent cheaper option from Barnes & Noble, and also has the LendMe function. (While Middlemarch is my favorite George Eliot novel, I still would give any of her novels a 5 star).
lit-in-the-last-frontier More than 1 year ago
Let me first say that there is much to love here. Truly! The first fifty or so pages felt interminable, but once past that point the book becomes a veritable page turner. Eliot crafts a fascinating, first-rate historical fiction plot based in Florence, Italy, from the death of Lorenzo de' Medici (in 1492), through the time of Savonarola's influence, and culminating in an epilogue placed in 1509. In the midst of this tumultuous social situation is placed our heroine, Romola. The daughter of a scholar, Romola herself is very well educated for a woman of her time. This novel follows Romola through six complex post-de'Medici years of Florentine politics, further inflamed by the preachings of Savonarola, a Dominican friar. As the plot swells in complexity, the gentle woman transitions from being her father's daughter, to her husband's wife, to a woman meeting life head on with a dignity of her own merit. Possessed of a fast moving, labyrinthine plot, this novel, despite its length of just over 600 pages, keeps up a taut pace until the very end. As might be expected in a novel named after a character, this one, despite the enticing plot, is very rooted in its performers. Romola is a central figure, but by no means the only one. Eliot pulls some of her players direct from the history books and some from her imagination, but each and every one of them feels so genuine that it is difficult to know which really lived and breathed and which only ever lived within her pages. This is the type of book that has you googling purely imaginative personages-because they are portrayed with such authenticity. Florence of the late fifteenth century is very well depicted: the pageantry of her holidays (including a fantastic description of Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities); the dress, habits, and occupations of her various classes; and the architectural details of her stone edifices. As you wander the streets with the novel's inhabitants you are drawn into her neighborhoods, with their chaos, aromas, and idiosyncrasies. So why a relatively low three star rating? Because the prose is so dense that it left me wallowing somewhere between philosophy text and nineteenth century history tome. For some reason, I had to work exceptionally hard to remain focused on reading the words themselves and concentrate with that little bit of extra grey matter to wrap my mind around what exactly was being expressed. Was it worth it? Well, yes, as my clear admiration for the book's merits shows; however, I can not say that I "really liked" (four stars) or "loved" (five stars) a book which required so much effort. So, three stars, a simple "liked" verdict, it is for this work. This is definitely not a book for someone unused to literature of the Victorian era, as, in my opinion, this novel is some of the least accessible writing from that time frame.
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