I finally read Moby Dick. I had tried years before, but it was so amazingly tedious and boring that I gave it up. And I’m a HUGE reader. Going back to it 25 years later, it was still unbelievably tedious and boring. But I slogged through it. So I figured I would read “Middlemarch” next. I mean, it’s a classic and it is well-known. And besides, it can’t be as bad as Moby Dick. That book (Moby Dick) is truly the high water mark for tedious and boring, and I figured that Middlemarch had to be better.
I was wrong. I’m not even going to finish Middlemarch. Yeah, it’s not as bad as Moby Dick, but that’s not exactly high praise. I guess tedious and boring really sold back then, because of that is “Middlemarch” all over. I even had the BBC video production and I could not make it through that, either. I just didn’t care after a little while, and life is just too short to waste it slogging through crap. And it didn’t take me very long to get there.
I know some people say that this is a great option instead of reading Jane Austen. I disagree. Jane Austen is palatable, even entertaining most of the time. The other female writer of that era (pen name George Eliot, nee Mary Ann Evans) is neither. She is a scold and a bore. If she were one of her characters, she would be Dorothea, not Dorothea’s little sister, Celia. There is a reason Jane Austen has (again) become wildly popular while Middlemarch has been a dud. It’s not just the blatantly Leftist themes. It’s that the writing itself is terrible. Even the BBC could not salvage it.
Do yourself a favor and don’t read it. If you were forced to read it for a class, please accept my condolences.