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On a totally irrelevant aside....

Daniel Deronda is brilliant! If you haven't read it yet, go buy it or borrow it. It's not your typical Victorian novel (although it pretends to be. The book is fat.), since many of the themes seem quite romantic, in a sense. There's a lot about the discovery of identity, and the role of religion, or the sacred, and the finding of a people which in turn helps define identity. One of the most interesting parts is seeing the counterbalance between the development of the stories of the two main characters -- which go in totally opposite directions, and yet keep bringing them back together! 

Don't want to give away the plot, though.

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