Review – Brother Jacob

Posted 11 August, 2016 by Nikki in Reviews / 2 Comments

Cover of Brother Jacob by George EliotBrother Jacob, George Eliot

I think this is only my second work by George Eliot (the first being The Lifted Veil), and I didn’t find it as compelling as that novella. It’s basically a bit of a morality tale, as far as I can see: don’t be like this guy who pretended to be someone he wasn’t, because it will come back to you. And don’t fuck around with your family’s affections.

Overall, it’s more a little character sketch than a story, with predictable consequences. George Eliot’s writing doesn’t particularly shine here, and I can’t say I’m encouraged to read other books by Eliot.

Rating: 1/5

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2 Responses to “Review – Brother Jacob”

  1. How’s that for a piece of synchronicity, Nikki. I’ve just finished reading this myself. I read the Virago afterword because I just couldn’t make my mind up about it. I personally didn’t like it, as I find a tale of someone who is wholly selfish dismal. I like the possibility of reform; perhaps that’s sentimentality. Overall, I’d say I don’t like George Eliot’s characters overall, whether virtuous or the opposite, except Maggie in ‘The Mill on the Floss’. I did feel sorry for Hetty in ‘Adam Bede’.

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