First of all I would like to thank Hope at Pan Macmillan for being so kind and sending me a copy of this absolutely beauty in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot centres on (official blurb): “Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom enjoy a rural childhood on the banks of the river Floss. But the approach of adulthood created tension: intelligent and fiery Maggie tests the boundaries of nineteenth-century society in her search for love, while Tom embraces convention and accepts his father’s desire for him to become a businessman. Increasingly self-righteous, Tom disapproves of his sister’s suitors and when he discovers that she took a fateful boat trip with Stephen Guest, her cousin’s fiancé, he turns his back on her. Maggie is ostracized by her beloved brother and her own community, and only through tragic events are the siblings reunited . . .“
After buddy reading Middlemarch with Matt back in August we most definitely got the George Eliot bug so with the start of #Victober we decided to buddy read another George Eliot. Matt already had The Mill on the Floss on his #Victober TBR so it made perfect sense that this one would be our next George Eliot read.
I think with the fact that we had already read Middlemarch by George Eliot and absolutely adored it our hopes were just a tad bit high when it came to reading The Mill on the Floss. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the first part and absolutely loved Maggie as a main character, the Middle part was tough going and I found myself at many points contemplating whether to give up or not, but I decided to push through solely because I was rooting for Maggie and I am so glad I did. The last part of The Mill of the Floss was everything! I was not expecting the emotions that the last 150 pages or so brought and oh did it break my heart especially for poor Phillip.
We also decided to buddy watch the 1997 adaptation of The Mill on the Floss and it only confirmed our love for the character of Phillip. The character of Phillip was possibly one of the only redeeming factors of this adaptation whilst we enjoyed watching it there was some problems with this version too such as the fact many parts of the novel were cut out including some characters and also the ending was completely different to the novel. Overall, we came to the conclusion that this adaptation just provides that Phillip is the best character and perhaps even beating Maggie.
Have you read The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot?
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