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A tale of rural tragedy and redemption, George Eliot's first novel

It may seem like an old tale: the beautiful village girl, her faithful admirer, a country squire's seduction. But seen through the eyes of any of its players, the old tale becomes one of fresh heartbreak, innocent hopes, best intentions gone awry, and better selves lost and restored. George Eliot's first novel shows all her humane intelligence and intimate knowledge of the richness and complexity of ordinary life.

Reviews

A first-rate novel

The Times

From Adam Bede to Daniel Deronda, she questioned her times. She plumbed ideas, politics, religion, race, and above all the vagaries of the heart

Guardian

A disconcerting mixture of High Victorian and snappily contemporary. The sentences tend to be massive, slow-moving but deadly accurate: the characters' motivations are dissected, the moral puzzles presented with great clarity

Independent

The whole country life that the story is set in, is so real, and so droll and genuine, and yet so selected and polished by art, that I cannot praise it enough to you

Charles Dickens

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  • Paperback

    9780099577287

    January 3, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    624 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140436648

    June 13, 2008

    Penguin Classics

    704 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9781857150599

    May 29, 1992

    Everyman

    598 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Adam Bede
    George Eliot, George Eliot

    EBook

    9780141917856

    June 13, 2008

    Penguin eBooks

    608 pages

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  • EBook

    9781473545281

    November 3, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    624 pages

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