Romola / George Eliot ; edited with an introduction by Dorothea Barrett.
Publication year: 1996
Publisher: London : Penguin,
ISBN: 9780140434705 (pbk.) : 0140434704 (pbk.) :
This novel argues George Eliot's most profound and utopian vision of the position of women. Romola's patient subservience to her scholar-father, her unhappy marriage and her spiritual awakening take place in Renaissance Florence.
Series: Penguin classics
688 p. ; 20 cm.
It's true that the opening chapters of this novel are very hard to read, but don't give up on it. Once all the setting up and historical background is over, this develops into a riveting tale of political shenanigans with the added bonus of medieval Florence as a backdrop. The characters are so very real, and you will find yourself genuinely caring about what happens to them. A masterpiece.
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