One of the masterpieces of English fiction,
Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures.
Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. In order to restore their fortunes, she unwittingly traps herself in an oppressive marriage. Humbled, she turns for solace and guidance to Daniel Deronda, the high-minded adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman. But when Deronda, who is searching for his path in life, rescues a poor Jewish girl from drowning, he discovers a world of Jewish experience previously unknown to him, and to the Victorian novel. Dismayed by the anti-Semitism around him, the tragedy of the lovely Gwendolen begins to fade for Deronda. When he finally uncovers the long-hidden secret of his own parentage, he must confront his true identity and destiny.
"Nadia May meets the strenuous demands of Eliot's narration with easy assurance." (
" Daniel Deronda is a startling and unexpected novel....It is a cosmic myth, a world history, and a morality play." (A. S. Byatt)
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