Rating: 7.8 (out of 10.0)
Author: George Eliot
Genre: Fiction [Classic Literature]
About: Silas Marner is a work of classic literature that is often used in high school and college literature/English courses. It is written by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) and was published in 1861. Since then, it has been sold in bookstores all over the world and has become a much-loved classic novel.
Likes: I enjoyed the simplicity of the short novel as well as the vivid displays of morality. Silas’ battle with greed and sorrow is something that many readers can identify with. Eliot uses characters such as Godfrey Cass to display all varieties of struggles with sin, making it an extremely relatable book. In addition to this, Eliot centers around themes of love, redemption, and forgiveness. Silas Marner clearly represents sin as sin and good as good with no wiggle room in between the two.
Dislikes: There weren’t many things to not like in this book, except perhaps that it can be a slightly difficult read for younger readers. It also has strong themes (of both sin and morality), which may be too intense for younger readers.
Summary: As a young man, Silas Marner shut himself off from the world after being wrongly accused of theft and losing the girl he loved. Much later in life, the lonely, embittered weaver experiences two jolting events: he is robbed of his meager hoard of gold and he becomes the guardian of Eppie, a little orphan girl who makes her way to his cottage one wintry night. Eppie grows into a charming young woman who cares for the alienated Silas, helping him find love and hope in his life.
Book length: 151 pages (Dover Thrift Edition)
Favorite Character: Eppie
Suggested age: 12+