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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May 21, John Fuller rated it it was amazing. Looking for More Great Reads? At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. You will be astonished when you come to re-read it; I had no idea of the matter–human red matter–he has contrived to plug and pack into that strange and admirable book. The precipitating event that awakens Clara to the pervasive self regard of Sir Willoughby is his treatment of a namesake whom he wishes to have visit then snubs because his appearance is too plebian.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is a difficult novel to read, but well worth the effort.

It is not a real human connection at all, and men do geroge just as much as women, the difference is that they have the power materially in the real world, and the ultimate expression of this mirror worship to them is to own its object.


But will she escape in time? On the other hand it was, after a couple of hundred pages of “I understood every word of that sentence, but not the sentence itself,” fun. The Woman Who Walked into Doors.

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The classic conception of comedy, which began with Aristotle in…. Contact our editors with your feedback. All are dead to Sir Willoughby who do not do him continuous honor as a beneficent being. It had nothing to do with the rest of the book.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Being one of the gentry, he uses the usual criteria: English geoist In English literature: Nov 05, Leonie rated it really liked it Shelves: That’s not a bad thing except for when it’s long because it’s repetitive. His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning”. That is Victorian speak for hubba hubba.

It’s all about appearances. Imagine Congreve crossed with Henry James.

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Sep 25, Issicratea rated it really liked it Shelves: Humbled at last, Patterne honestly courts Laetitia and convinces her to marry him.

Despite the seeming drawbacks, the George Meredith’s sentences are absolutely labyrinthine and took some getting used to although, even at the end of the book I was rereading some passages to discern meaning.

I found myself really rooting for Clara Middleton and sympathizing with Victorian women due to their limited social choices. Stay in Touch Sign up.

The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith

Patterne then pursues Clara Middleton, meanwhile encouraging the tender feelings of Laetitia Dale. I suppose if you were wanting a gritty treatment of social problems this would feel like a cop-out, but I feel Meredith did achieve his ultimate aim, which was to show how egoism is inevitably driven to deprive itself of what it wants most. Return to Book Page. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Spy of the First Person.


Did I like my broccoli then and suddenly lose a taste for it egoisst It is the story of Sir Willougby Patterne, a handsome and well-bred young man, and the women he courts, whose names belie their characters: The Egoist novel by Meredith.

Only the last few chapters are high drama, and like other Meredith pieces, it ends unexpectedly and, given Willoughby’s attraction to other Beautiful People, improbably.

The World According to Garp. The secret truth of the matter is that the whole of Capitalism is the Egoist writ large. The man she falls for instead He has his opinions, and people should hold the same ones.

The audio version is available mererith LibriVox. She is really the perfect candidate as a wife, but Willoughby already has her devotion. The biggest drawback of this book was that it was quite long.