George Eliot’s final novel is an extraordinary, keen and yet tender examination of two very different lives. George Eliot’s final novel is an extraordinary, keen and yet tender examination of two very different lives. A beautiful young woman stands poised over the gambling tables in an expensive hotel. She is aware of, and resents, the gaze of an unusual young man, a stranger, who seems to judge her, and find her wanting. The encounter will change her life. The strange young man is Daniel Deronda, brought up with his own origins shrouded in mystery, searching for a compelling outlet for his singular talents and remarkable capacity for empathy. Deronda’s destiny will change the lives of many. ‘There is not a page of Daniel Deronda that is not marked with intelligence, and a few are as queer and perceptive as any I’ve read’ Sunday Times
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