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For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and unjustly in exile, cut off from faith and human love, he cares only for his hoard of golden guineas. But two events occur that will change his life forever; his gold disappears and a golden-haired baby girl appears. But where did she come from and who really stole the gold? This moving tale sees Silas eventually redeemed and restored to life by the unlikely means of his love for the orphan child Eppie.
One of Eliot's most admired and loved works, Silas Marner is a tender and moving tale of betrayal, greed, loss, and redemption, with a finely drawn picture of early 19th-century England before the loss of the simple rural way of life. This moral tale shows the importance of valuing what really matters in life and that the hand we are dealt may ultimately lead to our happiness. Though it is Eliot's shortest book it still retains all the elements which are most recognisable and admirable about her work.
George Eliot was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological insight.
Narrator Biography
Beginning his career in repertory theatre, Andrew Sachs made his screen debut in 1959 in the film The Night We Dropped a Clanger. After numerous television appearances, he finally made his name in the 1970s with his role as Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, for which he was BAFTA nominated. A long career in acting and voiceover work followed, including narrating all five series of the BBC's BAFTA award winning series Troubleshooter (1990-1993), ITV's ...from Hell series (1997-2010) and the spoof documentary series That Peter Kay Thing (2000).
Andrew Sachs radio work includes playing Dr John Watson in four series of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2002-2010) for BBC Radio 4 as well as appearing in their adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in 2007. In 2009 he starred as Norris' brother, Ramsay Clegg, in Coronation Street. Andrew Sachs audiobook career is extensive and includes many children's titles, such as Judith Kerr's Mog series.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Isolde on 04-11-13

More extraordinary insight from George Eliot

Every George Eliot book is a joy and a revelation, and Silas Marner is no exception. It seems like a deliberate reversal of classic motifs - the Prodigal Son, the Lost Princess, the Wicked Hunchback. She deals with her recurring themes of gender and disability / difference with astounding subtlety and complexity. Her radical ideas about the role of religion in society and the upbringing of children are straightforwardly described, yet natural and believable in how they affect the lives of her characters.
Sachs does a good job in the narration, although some of the more peripheral characters can become caricatured, which can belie the integrity of every actor in Eliot's human dramas.
And her description is simply sublime! I particularly like this vignette from Chapter 16:
"The sharp bark was the sign of an excited welcome that was awaiting them from a knowing brown terrier; who, after dancing at their legs in a hysterical manner, rushed with a worrying noise at a tortoiseshell kitten under the loom, and then rushed back with a sharp bark again, as much as to say, 'I have done my duty by this feeble creature you perceive'; while the lady mother of the kitten sat sunning her white bosom in the window, and looked around with a sleepy air of expecting caresses, though she was not going to take any trouble for them."
The observations and loving humour that underlie such passages are, to my mind, part of what makes Eliot a writer for all time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By charles on 23-07-15

Finest British short story

Would you listen to Silas Marner again? Why?

The language and characterisation is so wonderful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silas Marner?

The confrontation between Silas and Godfrey Cass.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. It was very fine I will look out for more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Moral cowardice and moral strength

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this joyful book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ramon on 04-06-12


Would you listen to Silas Marner again? Why?

The story is simply beautiful. Andrew Sachs is perfect, not only in reading it, but in actual playing the different characters, with different voices and even accents.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silas Marner?

With no doubt, the moment Silas finds the child in the very spot where he had last seen his stolen money.

What does Andrew Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the subtle ironies in many of the villagers tones, which, English not being my mother tongue, I would not have guessed by reading it myself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not quite, but It made me think a lot about human relations. Or rather, about how relations make us human. Silas the weaver is a total stranger in Raveloe (despite having been there for a good fifteen years) until the moment he weaves himself into the community thanks to the child he has adopted, his daughter.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By K. Gould on 07-09-12

Wonderful Reading of a Memorable Classic

Silas Marner is a story that continues to resonate, and narrator Andrew Sachs does a wonderful job of bringing the voices to life. I listened to the entire book in one day. Couldn't turn it off.

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