George Eliot's final novel is an extraordinary, keen and yet tender examination of two very different lives.
A beautiful young woman stands poised over the gambling tables in an expensive hotel. She is aware of, and resents, the gaze of an unusual young man, a stranger, who seems to judge her, and find her wanting. The encounter will change her life.
The strange young man is Daniel Deronda, brought up with his own origins shrouded in mystery, searching for a compelling outlet for his singular talents and remarkable capacity for empathy. Deronda's destiny will change the lives of many.
“Daniel Deronda...is written with an understanding of egoism that no one except Proust has ever matched, and a calm assurance of style that sends a shiver of terrified sympathy down my spine.”
Laurence Lerner, Independent
“The foremost woman novelist of her day”
“From Adam Bede to Daniel Deronda, she questioned her times. She plumbed ideas, politics, religion, race, and above all the vagaries of the heart”
“700 pages of intellectual thrills. Watch out for the amazing women: Lydia Glasher, the abandoned mistress baying for revenge, and Alcharisi, the singer who gives up her son to pursue her career”
Patricia Duncker, Daily Telegraph
“There is not a page of Daniel Deronda that is not marked with intelligence, and a few are as queer and perceptive as any I've read”
Edmund White, Sunday Times
“Daniel Deronda must surely rank high among works of literature that (excluding the Bible and other religious texts) have had the greatest effect on the world”