I have been doing the Back to the Classics Challenge this year and have really enjoyed it. I have read a few books that I hardly knew about but turned out to really enjoy like The Scarlet Pimpernel. I have also learned that I in no way enjoy Steinbeck or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I tried reading a novel from each of them and had to put them aside. I just finished reading Silas Marner, and I have to say that this is my new favorite! I knew very little about the book, but as soon as I picked it up I was enthralled by the plot line.
Silas is the protagonist, victim, and hero of the novel. I could really identify with his lot in life and came to admire his courage to take on a task that seemed to hard for a man in his situation. The book is an easy read. I particularly enjoyed how the two main plot lines intersected. Like the main character who was a weaver, the author of Silas Marner (who is really a woman named Mary Anne Evans) weaves these two plot lines in and out to create a wonderful story of wronged man who reaches out to a little girl. Two families collide in more way than one. The writing is easy to read and poetic at the same time.
I am surprised that this novel isn't talked about and read more. It was so worth the read!