Penguin Classics presents George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actress Eleanor Bron.
"What can I do.... I must get up in the morning and do what everyone else does. It is all like a dance set beforehand. I seem to see all that can be - and I am tired and sick of it. And the world is all confusion to me." George Eliot's last, most controversial novel opens as the spoiled Gwendolen Harleth, poised at a roulette table about to throw away a small fortune, captivates Daniel Deronda. As their lives become intertwined, they are also transformed by suffering, misfortune, revelations and Daniel's fascination with the Jewish singer Mirah.
Daniel Deronda shocked Victorian readers with its portrayal of the Jewish experience in British society, and remains a moving and epic portrayal of human passions. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.
©2012 George Eliot (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
This audiobook suffers from being abridged- at least as it has been here. Developments unprepared for and a bit disconnnected.
Eleanor Bron is a great reader and her voice suits the text. The depiction of Jewry in 19th Century London is an unusual and fascinating aspect of the book.
My own fault for not noticing it was abridged. I was so keen to avoid the Nadia May narration I clicked too quickly.
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