I began reading Middlemarch a few months ago, a novel written by the amazing British novelist George Elliot (for you non-literary types, George Eliot is a pen name for Mary Ann Evans who had to hide her gender). I was excited because I had read Mill on the Floss and had loved it.
I had started reading it a while ago, but had stopped due to work at school. However, I was taking a long train ride to Liana’s place, so I popped out the book and began reading.
Oddly, none of the characters mentioned on the back cover of the book appeared in the story. Instead of taking place in England, the story was taking place in Russia. Hmm, perhaps this is the back story of my characters! Then characters with the names of Oblonsky and Levin and other weird people emerged. What the… wow, didn’t know George Eliot was fascinated with Russians! Then I got to page 34. The book suddenly transitioned into a new font.
So the book apparently was misprinted with the first 30 pages being from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Luckily, Liana had a copy of it, so going to read Anna Karenina first before I get a new copy of Middlemarch. Sigh…