No one can read Daniel Deronda without perceiving and regretting the singular way in which the characters are incessantly pushed back in order that the author may talk about them and about everything in heaven and earth while the action stands still.
--George Saintsbury, The Academy, September 9, 1876
Oh, I don't know about that. One of the things that I'm finding so pleasing about this book is in fact the narrator's sensibility and willingness to tell the reader her thoughts about the story and the characters therein.
A shout out to those of you reading Daniel Deronda--how are you doing? Are you as crazy over this book as I am? How far along are you? I've read the first 20 chapters and I'm wondering if I should take something else with me to the polls on Tuesday (if I'm too far ahead) or is I should start scrambling to catch up.