Silas Marner - George Eliot I’ll try to do this without spoilers. Just when I thought the story was leading to a dramatic conflict, it didn’t. Then when the climactic point of the book finally arrived, it was built up to a confrontation consisting of a mildly impolite conversation. Those Victorians. However, I don’t mean to overly minimize the drama... one of the characters did get “heated” during the argument. He even left without saying good-bye.

Plot aside, Silas Marner is surprisingly enjoyable. The first half of the book is a bit of a slog but the second half, specifically the last several chapters, are filled with well-written character studies. Eliot (AKA Evans) provides nuanced characters as they struggle with the choices and circumstance of the first half of the book. It’s all done in a rather cookie-cutter karmic “what goes around comes around” world, but the character’s reaction to that world is much more subtle.