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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martina | 12/11/2013

    " George Eliot bliss at its beginnings. Excellent characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 12/7/2013

    " Not a lot of action, but the novels contain some excellent sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MaryAnn | 1/8/2013

    " Broken up into three short novellas. The beginning of each new story lost my interest, but by the end of each I was totally riveted. This was especially true of the last story about Janet Dempster, which was a hope filled story about overcoming domestic violence and substance abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Lichtenberg | 11/10/2012

    " A wonderful book, full of humanity, vivid characters and exquisite writing. "

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