Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Go me! Who else?

I just finished Middlemarch. I don't have anything coherent to say about it at the moment because it's all still swirling around in my head and frankly, it hasn't quite sunk in yet that I really did this. I know that I wouldn't have gotten through this lunker of a book without this blog and you all. I have many times started a Big, Serious Classic and then faltered because life got in the way, other, easier-to-read books got in the way, and sometimes even other Big, Serious Classics would lead me astray (only to repeat the cycle).

So, I just wanted to say thank you, Isabella especially, for being here and for keeping me going.

How many have finished? How many are close? How many are seriously flagging? To anyone who hasn't finished yet - stay with it! When I turned that 799th page, I felt invincible!

And now I want to read it again...


Anonymous Danielle said...

Yay! Good for you! I am nearing book 7. I plan on sticking with it--it is getting really good again! This is definitely one that needs to be reread!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I finished it too! And my thoughts are also still a bit murky and confused as to what I think of the rather abrupt ending-- it's almost like she got tired out, or had a new compelling idea for another novel, and wanted to tie this one up as quickly as possible. Or maybe it was yet another slap in the face to the Silly Women Writers she has complained about.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

But I did like the update at the end. It's hard to just walk away from characters after having spent so much time with them while wondering whatever happens with them "after." I know; they're pretend and I could simply make up my own pretend scenarios but that never satisfies me.

3:19 PM  
Blogger gina c said...

I finished a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad that we had this group, otherwise I know I would not have finished. I started it probably about 4 times before and fell out around when the Vincys appeared. Thanks so much Isabella for making this group happen!

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Lol, Gina - I stalled when the Vincys arrived, too. I was really getting invested in the Dorothea story and her marriage and the sudden switch to lazy Fred just didn't work for me!

10:06 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

I finished it a few weeks ago and have been impatiently waiting until I could say all I had to say without spewing my inadvertent spoilers everywhere.

But I just looked at the schedule and realized something -- today's May 5th! We can talk about the ending out loud now! Can, and will! Er. As soon as I have an hour to myself, that is...

11:03 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

My 4th. Whatever. I live in the future.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Isabella said...

Really, we can talk about it now all the way through the end? Already? (The schedule actually reads May 3, so maybe we should do yesterday over again.) I've been meaning to bring up some points for the last couple books, but I've been really busy, sorry, and now I've forgotten my points, and I think I should probably reread the whole thing already (or at least watch Rufus Sewell this weekend) to formulate some coherent thoughts.

Me too, I really liked the epilogue, though I didn't think it necessary. I only wish we heard more of what happened to Farebrother. Who wants to write a spin-off book about Farebrother's wife?

I happen to know that Rachel a couple months ago was unhappy with the ending (or her memory of it), but I will wait for her to tell you why, or to provide a new and improved ending, while I go review all the asterisks, underlinings, and dogears in my copy.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Having reread it, I am no longer unhappy with it. I understand my friend's dissatisfaction, but remember why it made sense to me the first time through -- and think it fits the themes of rest of the book, whether it satisfies the reader or not.

Ggggugggh. Now I'm going to have to write this up and I don't have time...

1:00 PM  
Blogger Ella said...

I am done - I loved it, but it's all still percolating in my head.

I keep trying to write a post on how Rosamond's passive-aggressive meekness during arguments really hits home for me - I argue like that - but it's just too depressing.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Oh, Ella - I know what you mean. What hits me a little too hard is her immaturity, how she wants what she wants and when and how she wants it and her patient, patient husband who reconciles himself to this about her the best he can. Me, I'm in love with Lydgate. I think I'm married to him, actually.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Raehan said...

I finished it a few weeks ago and am looking forward to getting my head back into it.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Gaelicgrl said...

I am straggling far behind but it's incredibly absorbing...just so many things on the go at once. I actually don't mind spoilers at the moment so I'll be reading everyone's thoughts with great interest.

11:25 AM  
Blogger piksea said...

I finished a couple of weeks ago, then I was so worried about spoiling the story for others, I sort of dropped the ball around here.

I preferred the update at the end to a Dickensian finish that follows every character through to his/her last breath.

I'm sure I will reread this, but the TBR pile is getting scary and I must work my way through it.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I just got back from 3 weeks in Spain. I took Middlemarch with me, but there were too many distractions to make much headway. I've still got the last 2 books to go, so I have some catching up to do.

1:30 PM  

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