Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda

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Two members of the British upper class are drawn together-and torn asunder-by their search for self. As a true scion of the English gentry, Daniel Deronda has been raised with the expectation that he will take his rightful place in society-despite being possessed of a disquiet he cannot ignore. When he spies the beautiful Gwendolen Harleth, he senses a similarly dissatisfied soul in her. However, their shared discontent takes them in vastly different directions. Upon discovering some unsettling possibilities about his own ancestry, Daniel is drawn into the world of Judaism and the discipline and spiritual growth it entails while Gwendolen fiercely desires to be freed from her oppressive marriage to noble Henleigh Mallinger Grandcourt and rectify mistakes from her past in order to live on her own terms. The two find their paths intertwined as they seek life outside of their station. Set at the height of the British Empire, where racism, sexism, and the strict hierarchy of an absolutely uncompromising society held sway, Daniel Deronda is a jarring, emotional tale of a time and place often romanticized but rarely examined in all its facets, both glorious and grotesque.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
ISBN: 1504041771
9781504041775
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Ground-breaking classic that tackles anti-Semitism in 19th-century Britain. It's certainly dense reading, but the payoff is huge--fully fleshed out characters that provide great insights into issues of wealth, vanity, pride and power.

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KarenW
Nov 30, 2010

A critique on the acceptability of people in Victorian society at a time when certain factions were considered outside society. Daniel Daronda is a lost man - he has no real identity except as a love child of a noble man. However he must find his own way in such a time and place. How he discoveres his own identity and accepts it makes for a wonderful story that is ahead of its time.

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