This astonishingly beautiful tale of the importance of human relationships in the redemption of man is set in George Eliot's home county of Warwickshire and is filled with her own knowledge and affectionate dissection of the rural life she witnessed there.
The dissenting church that Silas rejects so totally following the failure of his god to prove his innocence can be seen to mirror the dogma that Eliot herself rejected so fiercely in her own life. Having been a devout follower of a highly evangelical Christianity gleaned from her school days, as Eliot matured she left the self-repression of her youth behind and adopted a firm agnosticism, which she maintained until her death.
Like her other novels, Silas Marner was not written until the writer was in her 40s (it was published in 1861), and the gentle rationalism that runs through the book and its belief in the remedial power of what Eliot called 'pure, natural human relations' create one of the most uplifting and positive of Eliot's works.
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By Alphaville on 03-05-17
A welcome return to George Eliot
Would you listen to Silas Marner again? Why?
George Eliot writes a gripping story which provides an acute social commentary of the time. The novel Silas Marner has a strong storyline which is beautifully narrated and vocally illustrated by Sian Philips.
What other book might you compare Silas Marner to, and why?
It might just be compared to a novel by Dickens - but Eliot does not deliver the overly sentimental endings or "hand of God" plot drivers often characteristic of Dickens novels.
Which character – as performed by Sian Phillips – was your favourite?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Although there was little "action" in the conventional sense beyond the first chapters the story kept me gripped throughout.