Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by George Meredith. The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith. No cover available. Download. The Egoist, in full The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative, comic novel by George Meredith, published in three volumes in The novel is one of Meredith’s most. Complete summary of George Meredith’s The Egoist. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Egoist.

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But I think the overpowering, annoying dialogue is used partly as a narrative device to illustrate the claustrophobic social atmosphere of the estate where the action takes place. I am sure Gilbert would have liked the idea of a father encouraging his daughter to wed a fellow with a good wine cellar.

As an advisor to publishers, Meredith is credited with helping Thomas Hardy start his literary career, and was an early associate of J.

When I got to chapter 2, the story finally began, and I met Sir Willoughby Patterne, the lord of a landed estate, and the very model of an egoist. The language, and especially the dialogue, is a little difficult to stomach.

It makes one realize, we are sometimes not who we think we are The core problem is, women sublimate their passion for their own animus into the adoration worship of real men. Frightened of thinking in fact.

The Egoist

Meredith’s as I have the story came to him in agony. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few dgoist in mind.

Clara rejects him after learning of his duplicity; she has also fallen in love merdith another man. This is my third time through The Egoist, and I am reading it aloud with my Sweetie. Aug 21, Mel rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s all about appearances. Jan 25, Pages Buy. The Egoist First edition title page. Of course, being who I geofge, a completist down to my bones, I had to read it.


Meredith has managed to write a novel of classic comedy. The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are treated separately under American literature,…. Frailey rated it it was amazing.

The hope would be that some of what he was saying would stick in the minds of people, and maybe that spark of understanding would lead to future compassions for the plights of their daughters and wives. This is a fantastic story about Willoughby, a man who is so self-centered he never considers the possibility that other people are separate human beings.

What is striking about Willoughby is the way he goes about choosing a wife. Retrieved 3 June — via Internet Archive. Tough getting the hang of the prose, although the convoluted sentences are part of the satire of the book so they are supposed to be tough going. I can’t believe how many conversations about vitally important matters were completely misinterpreted because of pronoun use!

Feb 18, D. The Egoist might remind you of someone you know. The Egoist at Wikisource. It shows a woman coming to the realization of what is entailed in m I was fully prepared to hate this book yhe after the first chapter or two I thought I might not be able to make it through.

The Egoist by George Meredith

Are they not of nature warriors, like men? Her observations were always unsparingly accurate, laced with deadly satire.

Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women’s bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

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Still, fifth rated or not, Meredith like Trollope is sometimes worth wading through. I found myself really rooting for Clara Middleton and sympathizing with Victorian women due to their limited social choices.


Earlier or later they see they have been victims of the singular Egoist, have worn a mask of ignorance to be named sgoist, have turned themselves into market produce for his meredity, and have really abandoned the commodity in ministering to the lust dgoist it, suffered themselves to be dragged ages back in playing upon the fleshly innocence of happy accident to gratify his jealous greed of possession, when it should mererith been their task to set the soul above the fairest fortune and the gift of strength in women beyond ornamental whiteness.

Much of the book is devoted to Clara’s increasingly desperate attempts to disengage herself from Sir Willoughby, and his equally desperate attempts to retain both her and his self-esteem, written in a style that combines 18th century artifice with 20th century psychology. It shows a woman coming to the realization of what is entailed in marriage in the s, and then struggling against that fate.

The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith

The early chapters of The Egoist read like georte populist novel; the language is simple and there are no classical references. This story is about how a young woman, betrothed to a dazzlingly perfect man, trying her best to escape. Very enjoyable in a Jane Austin, Oscar Wilde kind of way.

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