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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♅ Brother Jacob ♬ Little known novel by the author of Middlemarch According to Wikipedia Mary Ann Marian Evans , better known by her pen name, George Eliot, was an English novelist She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously Female authors published freely under their own names, but Eliot wanted to ensure that she was not seen as merely a writer of romances An additional factor may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Virago Modern Classic 312Brother Jacob is George Eliot s shortest and most obscure work.I m pleased that Virago reissued it back in the day if they hadn t it probably would have passed me by.My edition runs to just 74 pages, but it contains a fable, a morality tale in four acts Act 1 On a visit to town young David Faux sees a high class confectioner s shop It leads him to believe that confectioners must be the happiest and most popular of tradesmen, and so when it comes to the time for him Virago Modern Classic 312Brother Jacob is George Eliot s shortest and most obscure work.I m pleased that Virago reissued it back in the day if they hadn t it probably would have passed me by.My edition runs to just 74 pages, but it contains a fable, a morality tale in four acts Act 1 On a visit to town young David Faux sees a high class confectioner s shop It leads him to believe that confectioners must be the happiest and most popular of tradesmen, and so when it comes to the time for him to take up a trade he becomes a confectionery But when David finds that the realitly of life as a confectioner haswork and less status than he imagined, he decides that his future lies elsewhere.The prose in this section is rich and lovely George Eliot must have had a sweet tooth But David s discontent stops things getting sickly and sets the real story in motion.Act 2 David decides that his future lies in the West Indies, But how does he get there Easy He tricks his slow witted brother Jacob so that he can steal his mother s life savings And then, of course, he vanishes.A swift change to a much darker style and tone Interesting, well executed and things play out well But not so easy to engage David is unpleasant and Jacob is dull No heroes here Act 3 Some years later and some miles away a new confectioner s shop opens The proprietor, Edward Freely, establishes himself in society and is clearly set to make a great match with the local squire s daughter.A lovely portrait of a community Of course, with the short format, it is reasonably clear who Edward Freely must be and what is likely to happen next After all, the title is Brother Jacob.Act 4 Sure enough, Jacob arrives He, quite disingenuously, identifies the confectioner as his brother David Faux Not a gentleman merchant, but a working class thief and cheat The confectioner disappears, never to be heard from again.A tidy ending, but a little downbeat.Brother Jacob has a few flaws common in short works There is little room for character development and the story quickly becomes predictable But it is engaging and very readable.The core idea wouldn t have been enough to sustain a novel, but does provide a sound basis for this little volume.Not essential, but very interesting A simple, but satisfying, story about retributive justice Davy Faux I found the name extremely well suited is a duplicitous character who thinks he has escaped answering for his crimes, but is brought to justice in an ironic and fitting way.Very quick read, with the obvious style that George Eliot brings to all her works A moral tale, without an ounce of preaching. Did I really like this book On the whole, not really Another one where its length works as an advantage, Brother Jacob is not, overall, particularly good Overall, it s a passable mostly predictable parable soup made with a generous helping of Nemesis and a dash of retard I can t even say I recommend the whole thing.But But There s just this one part that s so damn good just a few pages, nothing major about how opening a pastry shop single handedly caused a slow and steady demoraliz Did I really like this book On the whole, not really Another one where its length works as an advantage, Brother Jacob is not, overall, particularly good Overall, it s a passable mostly predictable parable soup made with a generous helping of Nemesis and a dash of retard I can t even say I recommend the whole thing.But But There s just this one part that s so damn good just a few pages, nothing major about how opening a pastry shop single handedly caused a slow and steady demoralization of the entire town No one can capture community psychology like Eliot the rumors, the imputation, the knowing nodsand getting to experience just a little bit of that again teeters the whole thing just barely into the like range Brother Jacob is mostly a slight and surprisingly inoffensive re telling of the whole coming back to haunt you thing that we ve seen everywhere But there s that one totally killer excerpt that would make me feel guilty had I not thrown an extra star at it The first passage I ever highlighted on a Kindle Take that, technology This short story is a lesson in morality, a cautionary tale that tells you that can t hide from your past, and if you try it will probably catch up to you in the end It s not exceptional or anything of that sort I think I wouldn t recommend it unless you re looking for something that can be read in an hour.There was however one section where Eliot captures human behaviour in a perfect way, where the contradictory nature of society gets torn between self serving comfort and gossip.I wish Eliot This short story is a lesson in morality, a cautionary tale that tells you that can t hide from your past, and if you try it will probably catch up to you in the end It s not exceptional or anything of that sort I think I wouldn t recommend it unless you re looking for something that can be read in an hour.There was however one section where Eliot captures human behaviour in a perfect way, where the contradictory nature of society gets torn between self serving comfort and gossip.I wish Eliot could have had the chance to flesh this out and finish it completely but it is what it is and solely because of her sharp eye for baseness, I have afforded it three stars I ve been looking forward to reading this short story for two reasons I am not familiar with the works of George Elliott and found the books in the Art of the Novella series a good way to ease into the works of a brilliant writer Brother Elliott is a lovely short story Given that the central character Elliott is a small time schnook, the tone of the book could have been preachy or downbeat Instead, one can almost see the author smiling as she Mary Ann Evans a.k.a George Elliott uses a lig I ve been looking forward to reading this short story for two reasons I am not familiar with the works of George Elliott and found the books in the Art of the Novella series a good way to ease into the works of a brilliant writer Brother Elliott is a lovely short story Given that the central character Elliott is a small time schnook, the tone of the book could have been preachy or downbeat Instead, one can almost see the author smiling as she Mary Ann Evans a.k.a George Elliott uses a light style to tell a small scale dark story The contrast between her storytelling in the plot is critical to keeping us interested as we await the comeuppance we know is due the main character.For those of you who wish a plot summary Brother Elliott is story of a man who has the skills to be a successful confectioner, but engages in a variety of small scale and unnecessary cheats hoping to push himself beyond what could ve been a money making tradesman s station So simple is the story line, that this could be a children s book It certainly teaches a life lesson and does so without being either didactic or utilizing some grand scale tragedy.This is barely a novella, about a morning s read Besides readers who are looking for a brief introduction to George Elliott, this is good selection for anyone who enjoys good writing or for someone looking for an appropriate, inoffensive book for a young reader George Eliot s two novellas are odd The Lifted Veil being an attempt at supernatural suspense and Brother Jacob at a lighthearted moral tale Her consciously overserious examination of the confectionary business and its adverse affect on the mind of the confectioner and soul of the community is actually pretty funny I wouldn t call this a Great novella but it was enjoyable to read, at least for her tone. Not much of a plot, not much character devlopment, and overtly moralizing Jacob is an incredibly frustrating character and his brother, arguably the main character rather than Jacob, is hardly a hero. I think this is only my second work by George Eliot the first being The Lifted Veil , and I didn t find it as compelling as that novella It s basically a bit of a morality tale, as far as I can see don t be like this guy who pretended to be someone he wasn t, because it will come back to you And don t fuck around with your family s affections.Overall, it sa little character sketch than a story, with predictable consequences George Eliot s writing doesn t particularly shine here, and I I think this is only my second work by George Eliot the first being The Lifted Veil , and I didn t find it as compelling as that novella It s basically a bit of a morality tale, as far as I can see don t be like this guy who pretended to be someone he wasn t, because it will come back to you And don t fuck around with your family s affections.Overall, it sa little character sketch than a story, with predictable consequences George Eliot s writing doesn t particularly shine here, and I can t say I m encouraged to read other books by Eliot.Originally posted here George Eliot s Brother Jacob is a small gem of a book The anti hero, David Faux, is deftly drawn, and his brother Jacob embodies the self destruction of little minds and weak characters The book is funny, and the ending satisfying.