Middlemarch by George Eliot: Dorothea Brooke can find no acceptable outlet for her talents or energy and few who share her ideals. As an upper middle-class woman in Victorian England she can't learn Greek or Latin simply for herself; she certainly can't become an architect or have a career; and thus, Dorothea finds herself "Saint Theresa of nothing." Believing she will be happy and fulfilled as "the lampholder" for his great scholarly work, she marries the self-centered intellectual Casaubon, twenty-seven years her senior. Dorothea is not the only character caught by the expectations of British society in this huge, sprawling book. Middlemarch stands above its large and varied fictional community, picking up and examining characters like a jeweler observing stones. There is Lydgate, a struggling young doctor in love with the beautiful but unsuitable Rosamond Vincy; Rosamond's gambling brother Fred and his love, the plain-speaking Mary Garth; Will Ladislaw, Casaubon's attractive cousin, and the ever-curious Mrs. Cadwallader.
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis: The second book in his classic space trilogy which begins with Out of the Silent Planet and ends with That Hideous Strength. Perelandra (Venus) has been invaded by the devil's agent in the shape of an English physicist Dr. Weston. Evil joins battle with good, represented bu Ramson the philologist, as Perelandra and its Queen face the choice between ascending to perfection or following an older world to corruption.
Read Since the Last WWW: Wednesday (click on titles for review):
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Arrow by Christopher Morley
The Name on the Bracelet by Margaret Sutton
Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L Sayers
DeKok & Murder on Blood Mountain by A C Baantjer
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L Sayers
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins
Lucky Jim by Kinglsey Amis
Parnassas on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford