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The Tragic Comedians   By: (1828-1909)

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George Meredith's novel, The Tragic Comedians, weaves a compelling tale of love, revolution, and the ever-present struggle between idealism and reality. Set in the backdrop of 19th century Europe, this remarkable piece of literature takes the readers on a mesmerizing journey through the lives of its diverse and vibrant characters.

Meredith's prose is eloquent and poetic, creating a vivid and immersive experience with his remarkable talent for description. From the bustling streets of Paris to the serene landscapes of Bavaria, each scene is meticulously painted, evoking a sense of time and place that transports the readers directly into the heart of the story.

At the center of this rich tapestry is the complex relationship between the two protagonists, Felix and Gower. The contrasting personalities of these individuals reflect the eternal struggle between idealism and pragmatism. Felix's unwavering belief in the power of revolution and his passionate pursuit of justice is juxtaposed with Gower's skepticism and his constant questioning of the feasibility of such lofty ideals. Through their interactions and dialogues, Meredith explores the nuances of human nature and the conflicts that arise from contrasting ideologies.

The supporting cast of characters adds depth and authenticity to the narrative. Clara, the woman torn between her love for Felix and her loyalty to her husband, brings a sense of complicated emotions and moral dilemmas to the forefront. Meanwhile, the enigmatic Harriet provides a sardonic commentary on the world around her, challenging societal norms and expectations with her unapologetic wit.

What sets The Tragic Comedians apart is its astute exploration of the political and social upheaval during the revolutionary era. Meredith skillfully captures the spirit of the time, delving into the intricate web of alliances, betrayals, and the weighty consequences of political decisions. In doing so, he highlights the universal themes of sacrifice, idealism, and the quest for personal freedom that remain relevant even in the present day.

Yet, despite its profound themes, The Tragic Comedians is not without its flaws. At times, Meredith's prose can be dense and complex, requiring patience and attention from the reader. This, however, does not detract from the overall impact of the story and may even enhance the experience for those willing to embrace the depth of his writing.

In conclusion, George Meredith's The Tragic Comedians is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of human nature, the struggle between idealism and realism, and the transformative power of love and revolution. With its compelling narrative and vivid descriptions, this book is a must-read for fans of historical dramas and those seeking thought-provoking literature.

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By George Meredith



The word 'fantastical' is accentuated in our tongue to so scornful an utterance that the constant good service it does would make it seem an appointed instrument for reviewers of books of imaginative matter distasteful to those expository pens. Upon examination, claimants to the epithet will be found outside of books and of poets, in many quarters, Nature being one of the prominent, if not the foremost. Wherever she can get to drink her fill of sunlight she pushes forth fantastically. As for that wandering ship of the drunken pilot, the mutinous crew and the angry captain, called Human Nature, 'fantastical' fits it no less completely than a continental baby's skull cap the stormy infant.

Our sympathies, one may fancy, will be broader, our critical acumen shrewder, if we at once accept the thing as a part of us and worthy of study.

The pair of tragic comedians of whom there will be question pass under this word as under their banner and motto. Their acts are incredible: they drank sunlight and drove their bark in a manner to eclipse historical couples upon our planet. Yet they do belong to history, they breathed the stouter air than fiction's, the last chapter of them is written in red blood, and the man pouring out that last chapter, was of a mighty nature not unheroical, a man of the active grappling modern brain which wrestles with facts, to keep the world alive, and can create them, to set it spinning... Continue reading book >>

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