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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The audio version is available at LibriVox. Jul 30, Elizabeth LaPrelle rated it liked it. His work is less highly praised today than it was when this novel first came out, but, bottom line, he was more heorge a modern writer than a Victorian one.

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That’s not a bad thing except for when it’s long because it’s repetitive. Glimpses of mereduth Moon. However, as I stuck with it, the book began to reveal its charms. Please try again later. Earlier or later they see they have been victims georgs the singular Egoist, have worn a mask of ignorance to be named innocent, have turned themselves into market produce for his delight, and have really abandoned the commodity in ministering to the lust for it, suffered themselves to be dragged ages back in playing upon the fleshly innocence meredlth happy accident to gratify his jealous greed of possession, when it should have been their task to set the soul above the fairest fortune and the gift of strength in women beyond ornamental whiteness.


The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith

Her opinions are interesting during the courtship phase, but once he slips the ring on her finger, he knows he can wear her down into the model wife he pictures in his mind. The center of the story is the egoistic life of our non-hero, who stationed himself at the altar of esteem and consideration.

It’s all quite depressing and it seemed almost inevitable that Willoughby was going to hoover Clara up regardless. Meredith was exposing this system of complicity where fathers handed their daughters off to husbands and rarely was a woman given much of a choice in whom she married or even had a egoish not to marry. I was fully prepared to hate this book and after the merexith chapter or two I thought I might not be able to make it through.

The Egoist by George Meredith

He maybe an exemplar egoit excellence of our modern age! Meredith takes a scalpel to the thoughts and motives of all concerned so effectively that we can feel compassion for Sir Willoughby even as he plots revenge on his bride-to-be. Meredith was one of the authors on my guilt list. Spy of the First Person.

The characterization is mainly strong, with some attractive and distinctive female characters in particular; and Sir Willoughby is a splendid and subtly realised comic creation—a highly original and quite memorable satirical take on the traditional gentlemanly romantic lead.

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The book can be seen as a giant mea culpa, a reparation of sorts. And the hero of the story?

The Egoist

This made for a VERY slow read. Retrieved from ” https: If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Meredith deliberately exasperates us, by providing readers with the full picture and letting us see how easy it is to deceive even the cleverest characters if they never see the whole man as we do. English literature In English literature: The omniscient authorial commentaries are often wearily long, prolix and even obscure.


Being one of the gentry, he uses the usual criteria: 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 meredity a style that combines 18th century artifice with 20th century psychology. Meredlth believe Stevenson was trying to look for insight into not only his father, but also given his struggles with women, maybe some insight into their motivations as well.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I loved this book. The biggest drawback of this book was that it was quite long. But it was still like an episode of Friends. The constraints of her condition — Victorian strict mores and conducts — is still rather lame stuff compared to Mereduth Eyre. The Egoist at Geoorge. This was a fascinating love story where the main character has to discern what love really means as she attempts to get out an engagement with a man who thinks he knows all about love.

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