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Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda - George Eliot, Edmund White Dear God, but this is good.

Update: Overall, four stars, but it really breaks down into two different ratings for the two major plotlines. The Grandcourt marriage? Oh, that is five stars of brutal marital misery. Daniel and the Jewish people? More like three. Interesting, overall, but Mirah and Mordecai/Ezra never seemed quite so alive and 3-dimensional as the Gwendolyn group. And sadly, I did start to zone out occasionally when Mordecai would really get fired up in his theological/philosophical rhapsodies.
There was one especially poignant passage where a (Jewish) character is talking about how the Jews fit into German cultural life. And then you realize this was published a mere 6 decades before Hitler came to power.