George Eliot

Daniel Deronda


The great English writer and friend of Israel


There may seem to be a lack of painting and excess of moralizing in regards to the characters, but those are no faults: Eliot writes so well, and tells us what is inside people so well, that we care nothing for what they look like, how they dress, or whether the sky was clear that day or cloudy. We get to live under the same skin as the characters', and that's the most difficult thing to achieve in a book. And what if the improbable moral perfection of the Jewish characters contrasts against the more interesting, however vain, English ones? Well, of course it does, and that was the purpose. If we don't like it that way: if we prefer the Gentile characters, the unchristian Christians, against the Jewish Jews, we are only making a statement about ourselves.


Eliot made her statement about the Jewish question in this novel. She made it beautifully. I think there's no doubt this is a great book -not as great as Middlemarch, of course, but a great novel.


The author's undaunted intent on bringing the Jewish element to the foreground of the story may cause unsympathetic reactions from the readers, especially those prejudiced against the Jewish predicament and those easily charmed by the tempting naughtiness of Gwendolen: the Jewish element is there, nonetheless, and one must take in one with the other.


If there is a political statement within this novel, a prophetic Zionism, which by and by proved true, one can only be amazed at how prescient this eloquent lady was. I am more than ever interested in knowing about George Eliot's life, and I have now finished reading “The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot”, which -though not a biography, I do recommend to George Eliot fans, since it throws more light on the character and the times of this courageous English woman who died in 1880.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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