Title: Silas Marner
Author: George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons
Publication Date: July 1, 2005
My Rating: 5⭐
George Eliot’s (pen name of Mary Ann Evans) novels are celebrated for their realism and psychological insights.
This book is about a weaver ‘Silas Marner’ in English Countryside village of Raveloe. He is an object of suspicion and superstition because he suffers cataleptic fits. He came to Raveloe because the members of his religious sect in Lantern Yard falsely accused him of theft. His best friend and his fiancée ditched him. Shaken by the betrayal and injustice, he lost his faith in God.
The book is about the life of Silas Marner in Raveloe. How he becomes materialistic and is obsessed with the gold he earns from weaving.
The story reveals various aspects of human nature. Several layers of society can be seen in the novel. We see various dimensions of religion and faith. Silas’ transforming journey from the narrow views of Lantern Yard, through loss of faith, to the renewal of his faith in Human Beings and God.
Eliot writes the plot neatly, leaving no loose ends. Each event fits into other to form a complete picture. Even petty characters serve a purpose.
“In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little child’s.”
― George Eliot,
The story tells how love can change a person. Sometimes we have to lose things in order to find more important things.
This novel is an example of “What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.”
I loved the innocence of the plot. The simple human emotions are expressed very beautifully in the entire novel.