Felix Holt, The Radical

Letto da: Nadia May
Durata: 17 ore e 50 min
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Relinquishing thoughts of a materially rewarding life, the respectably educated Felix Holt returns to his native village in North Loamshire and becomes an artisan. He is a forceful young man of honor, integrity, and idealism, burning to participate in political life so that he may improve the lot of his fellow artisans.

Contrasted with Felix Holt is the intelligent, economically secure Harold Transome, just returned from the East to assume responsibility for Transome Court, his inherited manor home, and to take a seat in Parliament.

Both men vie for the hand of Esther, a young woman of charm and virtue, who must choose between a life of idealism and a life of refinement.

The narrative is enhanced by plot twists involving illegitimacy and lines of inheritances, as well as by Eliot's vivid character studies, including the corrupt political agent Johnson; Harold Transome's mother, with her fears of a secret being revealed; and the loyal servant Denner.

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"George Eliot's work places great importance on setting...much background is provided to make the 19th-century love triangle come alive. Narrator Nadia May fills the listener in with brisk, breathless cadences, breezing through the lengthy descriptions like a lovable neighborhood gossip. Her crisp accent, pauses between sentences, and mastery of tone help the listener understand the predicament of Esther Lyon....As she reads the text, May seems to be enjoying it herself, which enables the listener to do the same." (AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • connie
  • 02/01/2008

four and a half stars

Felix is not a five, but better than a four. I found Eliot's Middlemarsh, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede to be more satisfying reads all round. Like Adam Bede, Felix Holt starts with a great deal of exposition that might put off some listeners --but If you like 19th century British lit and/or social history - or even engaging characters and action in "historical fiction" this (once you are past the opening exposition), is very satisfying. I think it much stronger as a novel and more engaging than Bronte's Shirley, for ex.

If you are new to Eliot, then think Austen meets all the Bronte sisters with a touch of Dickens, and a good bit more implicit feminism.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Tad Davis
  • 14/04/2018

Rewarding

Although there’s an insanely complicated legal situation at the heart of this novel, I found it to be one of Eliot’s more agreeable and rewarding works. All characters (except the truly worst) are treated with a broad and humane sympathy, and there are touches of humor - something that her novels often lack. Despite the title, Felix Holt is not the most interesting character in the book. That would have to be Esther, daughter of the local curate, and someone who begins with a shallow love of appearances and ends with love and courage - and a delightful sense of flirtatiousness.

As always, Nadia May gives a sterling performance.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Claire
  • 30/08/2020

insight and depth; no gratuitous sex or violence

one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I wish I had discovered this amazing author earlier. I actually read some of her books some years ago. only now do I really appreciate her.

  • Generale
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  • Ross D McCauley
  • 31/12/2019

Worst!

I have other George Eliot titles in my library. I have been an audiobook fan for decades. But this book is horrible 😝.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • SmartShopper
  • 05/09/2019

Lots of politics of the time

I love George Eliot and always come away feeling a better person from having gotten to know her characters. This one is not as meaty as Middlemarch or Adan Bede or Daniel Deronda but enjoyable. The political details were probably more understanadable at the time and are somewhat dense.

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  • Generale
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  • Ian
  • 08/07/2013

Mixed feelings

I listened to this book after thoroughly enjoying Middlemarch and I am not so enthusiastic about this. There is still Eliot's enjoyable humour and her fantastic descriptions of nineteenth century life.
However, my main problem was that I did not like Felix Holt or Harold Transome. Part of me is glad about this but at other times I found it hard to engage with these characters. We were promised so much mystery surrounding Harold that was never delivered upon.
The story is set around the Reform Act of 1832 and the book is a great way of looking at social tensions around at that time however, some, like me, may find that there is a little too much detail on this front.

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 30/03/2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel

Felix Holt is a very enjoyable novel, bringing insights into 19th century elections, the non-conformist versus established church and small town life. The latter two being very popular subjects with George Eliot. This is not her finest or most gripping novel, but she writes so well, that it's still a joy, especially to listen to. Nadia May's reading is excellent and I will look out for other books narrated by her.