|TELOS - Middlemarch
George Eliot’s Middlemarch interweaves four plots set in a midlands city modeled on Coventry, giving us a spectrum of portraits of marriages. It is considered by many to be the finest English novel, and is said to be the only English novel that can stand up to a comparison to Anna Karenina. This is one of those Victorian giant novels that was serialized over months, so it might be wise to start reading it early. Any edition will do: note that some will be abridged.