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    Middlemarch: A Monumental Undertaking

    Judging by its sheer size alone, it is little wonder that many people express intimidation upon viewing what is widely regarded as George Eliot’s greatest literary achievement: Middlemarch. Deemed by many as “the greatest English novel” Eliot’s classic social commentary on middle-class Britain is considered a premier example of Victorian fiction. Despite the seeming quaintness and self-containedness of its setting, the story is in no way hampered by myopia as some might expect; on the contrary, Eliot manages to sketch and portray a wide array of distinct characters. It is difficult to distill Middlemarch down to a basic summary. It is at once a critique of religion, politics and class,…