The Lifted Veil

The Lifted Veil Horror was my familiar Published the same year as her first novel Adam Bede this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous gritty realism psychological insight

  • Title: The Lifted Veil
  • Author: George Eliot
  • ISBN: 9780241251232
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Horror was my familiar Published the same year as her first novel, Adam Bede, this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous gritty realism, psychological insight, and idealistic moralizing It is unique from all her other writing, however, in that it represents the only time she ever used a first person narrator, and it is the only timHorror was my familiar Published the same year as her first novel, Adam Bede, this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous gritty realism, psychological insight, and idealistic moralizing It is unique from all her other writing, however, in that it represents the only time she ever used a first person narrator, and it is the only time she wrote about the supernatural The tale of a man who is incapacitated by visions of the future and the cacophony of overheard thoughts, and yet who can t help trying to subvert his vividly glimpsed destiny, it is easy to read The Lifted Veil as being autobiographically revealing of Eliot s sensitivity to public opinion and her awareness that her days concealed behind a pseudonym were doomed to a tragic unveiling as indeed came to pass soon after this novella s publication But it is easier still to read the story as the exciting and genuine precursor of a moody new form, as well as an absorbing early masterpiece of suspense.The Art of The Novella SeriesToo short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

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    1. And she made me believe that she loved me. Without every quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny. It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this way! George Eliot’s (born Mary Anne Evans) imagination cannot be faulted at all throughout this gem of a novella. It is a tour de force captured in a mere seventy-five pages.Thereâ [...]

    2. Quite an oddity for Eliot; a novella that can be read in one sitting and a first person narrator. It also has a distinct gothic edge and feels in the tradition of Mary Shelley and Poe. The themes are not so much supernatural as pseudo-scientific. It concerns the narrator Latimer who believes himself to have extra sensory powers; the ability to see the future and read the thoughts of others. There’s also a spot of mesmerism and the idea that a blood transfusion on death may temporarily raise so [...]

    3. Una novelita o nouvelle que se puede leer de una sentada, y mi primer contacto con la autora victoriana George Eliot. La he leído en traducción española, de la que existen al menos dos versiones con ligera variación en el título. El texto original inglés se puede obtener de forma gratuita, en formato Epub o Kindle, en The Project Gutenberg.La obra se deja leer y, en algún momento, me ha recordado vagamente a una obra maestra posterior en tres décadas: El retrato de Dorian Gray. Quizás, [...]

    4. This book won't be every reader's cup of tea. As the above description suggests, its subject matter was atypical for Eliot --though she wrote it in 1859, her publishers found it so different from her usual work that they delayed printing it until 1878. Premised as it is on psychic phenomena --flashes of telepathy and precognition, which in Eliot's day were just beginning to attract the attention of some intellectuals, and of the public (the titular "veil" is the one that hides the future)-- I wo [...]

    5. An unhappy man, who believes he knows exactly when and how he will die, tells his story. When I started this story it bored me. The main character, the narrator, seems lost in self pity. His life has been hard, right from the beginning, it's not his fault, and he's going to have an extended moan about it. He philosophises about life, death and fate, it's terribly depressing. However, as the story continued I became more caught up in it, more interested in how it would work out. In the end it was [...]

    6. I haven’t read much of George Eliot’s work at all, which I should probably be more ashamed of. Still, a friend passed this and Brother Jacob on to me after she was done with it back at university, and I finally got round to actually reading it. I was surprised to find that it’s a supernatural story, in a way, dealing with clairvoyance — and not just as a societal trend, but one character truly is clairvoyant. I didn’t think Eliot wrote anything speculative like that at all, which is pr [...]

    7. My favourite aspect of Eliot’s writing is the way in which she crafts places. She does so incredibly deftly, and she weaves her settings and scenes into beautiful views which come to life in front of your eyes. I also love her writing style. Despite this, I do not feel that novellas really suit her authorship. She is far better, in my opinion, when she is filling a novel and crafting her beautiful words without any kind of restriction upon them. It feels as though her creative spirit has been [...]

    8. Oh man. What an odd departure for Eliot. It's especially striking to me since I'm currently in the middle of Middlemarch. I like gothic fantasy, but this was almost impossible to enjoy because I imagined the narrator smelled of sour milk and had runny eyes even as a young man. Ugh. Anyway, he's a sickly, pale clairvoyant who falls for the only woman whose mind he cannot penetrate. Sound familiar? My head hurts. Librivox, thank you for making it possible for me to get through this kind of story i [...]

    9. A beautiful novella and a dark fantasy that reflects George Eliot’s interest in the contemporary science in her Victorian age, especially in physiology, mesmerism, and phrenology. It, also, shows Eliot’s attempt to the Victorian horror fiction, which is not similar to her other realistic fiction. However, the novella includes many important points and themes, such as the sympathy and lack of sympathy in human relationships, fear of the inevitable death (the unknown) and acceptance of the dif [...]

    10. Required reading for EN 345: The British Novel, this book was very short. I had a hard time getting through it because I had to keep pausing at the extensive colon use. Favourite Quotes:"I thirsted for the unknown: the thirst is gone. O God, let me stay with the known, and be weary of it: I am content."" is the living only who cannot be forgiven""Bertha was the only being who remained for me in the mysterious seclusion of soul.""That would give me another day's suspense-suspense, the only form i [...]

    11. I like Gothic literature and I like George Eliot, but this novella fell flat for me. A true novelty for Eliot but in subject (supernatural) and style (1st person narrative). It's a fun little read for the purpose of seeing a great author exploring for her element, before she found her true calling.

    12. Un bellissimo racconto noir, che fa a meno delle tipiche tinte fosche e delle sceneforti .I personaggi della vicenda sono delineati magnificamente attraverso le loro sensazioni e emozioni. In particolare, apprezzo moltissimo Latimer, con la sua sensibilitĂ  fuori dal comune e il suo tono disilluso.

    13. What a strange story. Unreliable narrator, an experiment gone wrong, an exile both necessary and not. In the lead up to reading Middlemarch, I wanted a small sample, but The Lifted Veil may not be it.

    14. A rather dark novella told by Latimer, its central character, coming to the end of his life which has been interesting, if totally lacking in worldly success. The world saw him as a weedy man, frequently ill and possibly mentally unstable. But his light was well hidden under the bushel which he kept with him in his dark corner. The world belonged more to his successful father, Latimer's own wife, Bertha, and his sturdier and successful elder brother of whom he speaks (and of many others?) knowin [...]

    15. This is a short story of a person who is suddenly able to read the thoughts of those around him as well as occasionally see into the future. It was a decent read. Very easy and enjoyable enough that I look forward to reading more from Eliot.

    16. This is one of Eliot's early stories, and I suspect she was still finding her voice because it seems less the original work of a mature writer than an imitation of those that had gone before her. The plot is something right out the mind of Poe, and Poe could have done a better job of it by building up the tension with that hysterical style of his. But Eliot's heart just isn't misanthropic enough, and her brain is too sane. In the end she chickens out, veering away from the natural dark terror th [...]

    17. I read this book for a book club, whose meeting I ended up unable to attend. I wish that I had been able to attend because this book certainly invites discussion.The plot involves the narrator, Latimer, who suddenly develops selective foresight of future events, as well as being able to hear the inner thoughts of others. Bertha, the woman he is attracted to, is the one person whose thoughts he cannot read until he marries her. The entire tale is narrated as the author lies dying. It is not the p [...]

    18. Death is something that Victorian people were obsessed about. When this short story was written the Victorian people were in crisis about their faith after discoveries were made to contradict everything they believed. The story is very dark melodramatic and suited this time frame. Narrator foretells his own death, and his journey through life up to that point.

    19. I was surprised to come across this little known novella. I'd never heard of it. After reading it, I know why. It is very bleak. The main character is perpetually sad and unsympathetic. The premise was promising, but the book failed to reach the potential.

    20. I will now lower the veil on this novella, silently and most painfully. Not her usual style of writing, thankfully.

    21. This early Eliot novella is a curiosity, a surprising foray into Edgar Allan Poe territory. And it is both more readable than much of Poe's work and less inventive.

    22. Honestly, I have no clue why many people love this book because for me this book felt like an 18th century persons fever dream.

    23. La paura del veleno è niente in confronto al senso di seteIl velo strappato George Heliot ***Cerchiamo di convincerci che il nostro egoismo avrebbe potuto facilmente sciogliersi, e che è stato solo per via della nostra limitata conoscenza che la generosità, il rispetto, l'umana pietà non hanno prevalso sulla dura indifferenza ai sentimenti e alle emozioni altrui. La nostra tenerezza e abnegazione ci sembrano forti, una volta che il nostro egoismo ha avuto il suo trionfo, e quando, dopo dopo [...]

    24. (4 1/2*); (a reread)I did not find this to be a lovely book, but I do find that my opinion of this book remains drastically different from most L.T. readers of the book.I thought The Lifted Veil to be quite brilliant. As I read, I felt myself looking into the man's mind and found myself to be momentarily taking on his mental persona as well. I was not bored. I was not piqued. I was not grossed out. The book did not depress me nor did it make me nervous or anxious. I was nothing but a person with [...]

    25. I heard really mixed thing about this (very little) book. But I absolutely loved it. I am so used to Eliot's brilliant omniscient narrators that I wondered how a first person narrator would work, but because of the narrator's ability to read minds, you still get to wonderful sense of understanding other people. As the title suggests, this book questions what might happen if the veil is lifted, that invisible gauze that prevents us truly reading other people's minds and seeing into the future. In [...]

    26. This small volume contains both the titled novella and an essay entitled "Silly novels by lady novelists". The latter is a funny analysis of various styles of novels written by women which Eliot collectively labels the "mind-and-millinery" genre. She takes to tasks novels with pretentions to intellectualism which she sees as unrealistic and lacking literary merit. It had me laughing out loud. The Lifted Veil is a different kettle of fish. This is a horror story written in first person by a man h [...]

    27. This little Gothic novella is totally weird, but also totally representative of Elliot's trademark skill in the study of character. The main character, a man called Latimer, is sick with TB and plagued with an obsession for his brother's fiance and dark visions of the future. Eliot takes the stereotypical traits of a Gothic heroine - weakness, fainting, a paranoia bordering in madness that eventually becomes justified - and turns applies them to a man, which makes for a really interesting discus [...]

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