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This was a difficult read, not just due to some slower passages, but because the main character is so unsympathetic. Not only is he a opinionated and close-minded, but he sees himself as a victim, mainly of the class system and society. He goes on like this, despite contradictions to his worldview, never giving other people a chance to prove him wrong, and it's difficult to see this unfold. The other people he encounters are a little more sympathetic, but not by much.
As with other Gissing novels, this also deal with several heavier topics, like whether religion can survive in a science-oriented world, and whether women should be educated and "emancipated."
After all the drama, I sort of felt like the ending was almost deserved.