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The Ordeal of Richard Feverel
Doris Lessing says that Meredith is terribly underrated, and that, more than Eliot, Trollope, or Hardy, he came closer to doing what Tolstoy and Stendhal did for Russia and France: capture the economic and social realities of his nation and age. In this first novel, he tells the story of a baronet who tries to raise his son according to a System, based on Science and Reason, and how that System fails in the face of the complexities of life and human des...