One of the advantages (or from a different perspective disadvantages) of reading books on a Kindle is that the reader does not really get a sense as to how long a book is.
For reasons I am not sure I can explain I decided to download and then read Middlemarch, considered the greatest of George Elliott’s novels. Whether I would have done so if I had realized at the time that it was over 800 pages long is not clear to me. However, I am glad I did, it is a wonderful book, well worth the time to visit Dorothea Brooke, the idealistic center of the book, and the other characters living in the early 1800’s in small-town England.
Ellen in her blog points out that good books take us to locations, both in geography and time, and to learn about people, we would otherwise not know and understand, Middlemarch certainly did that for me. Reading the epilogue earlier this morning as I finished the book, I felt regret after finishing all of those pages to leave these characters whom I had gotten to know so well and care so much about.
I highly recommend the book for anyone. The often funny, always wise commentary on the winding lives of the large number of interconnected characters create a rich picture of a society so different from today yet with such recognizable human emotions, strong and weak, good and bad; it is well worth the trip. In the end, you will find the book ends too soon, you will leave Middlemarch reluctantly.