Adam Bede

Posted on May 27, 2011


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I finished Adam Bede, the first book in my 10 book project!  Previously, I had read The Mill and the Floss and Middlemarch by George Eliot.  I enjoy her writing a lot and I'm glad I finally got around to reading Adam Bede.  I must admit that this was a hard book to get into.  About 200 pages in, I was thinking that this book project might have been a big mistake because it was taking me ages to plow through the book.  Adam Bede was boring!  Really boring and the dialect was hard to read at times.  But I pushed on through and about halfway in, it got really good.  So good that I was having trouble putting it down. I started to care for the characters and wanted to know what was to become of them.  Although, I have to admit.  I pretty much hated Hetty. :)  I won't give any spoilers here, but I was glad when she pretty much left the story.  

 

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You could tell that the country and characters were dear to George Eliot's heart.  A few times she, as the author, popped into the story to give perspective on characters and to state why she was writing them in a certain light.  At one point, she is sitting down with Adam Bede asking him his take on certain characters.  What a modern concept!

 

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This book was printed in 1956 and I love the straight forward, no nonsense way the publisher lets the reader know that they are holding a well designed book.

 

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50 cents is definitely inexpensive for this 868 page book.  I don't remember how much I paid for it.  There is no price tag on it (I usually keep prices on my books), so I probably picked this up for about 50 cents at a garage sale.

 

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I tried doing research on this Cooper's Cave label, but I couldn't find anything on the web.  I'm intrigued by the limited pressing of this edition.  I was surprised to see the J in the bottom corner of the book.  This means I've owned this book since I was at least 18 years old and moving in with my first roommate.  I labeled all of my books in pencil this way to easily deduce my books from a shared bookcase.  

Next book: Anna Karenina

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