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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy

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    The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (Porua)
    Porua: I would like to recommend another Thomas Hardy novel, The Return of the Native. When I first read The Return of the Native it kind of surprised me to see how very similar it is to Far from the Madding Crowd. They are very similar in their story lines, characterization and narrative style.… (more)
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    Middlemarch by George Eliot (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These 19th-century classics portray complex romantic relationships with vivid descriptions and a strong sense of place. With intricate, twisting plots, both offer their protagonists bleak outlooks that end in satisfying resolutions.
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    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Lapsus_Linguae)
    Lapsus_Linguae: Both main heroines are strong-willed independent women who take up entrepreneurship.
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    Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (Booksloth)
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    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (Lapsus_Linguae)
    Lapsus_Linguae: Both novels feature a strong female protagonist trapped in an abusive marriage. Endings are also pretty similar.
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    York Notes: Far from the Madding Crowd by Barbara Murray (Sylak)
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Nothing special. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 18, 2018 |
A good, well written book, as to be expected from a literary figure, but it's not something I would read again for entertainment. It's sometimes hard to review a book read for school purposes, as there was no reason of my own to draw me to it, and therefore no expectations. I have heard though, that this is Hardy's most "positive" work, which makes me leery of the rest of his stuff.

The strong point in this book would have to be the characters. Things happen day to day, as the characters go about their lives. Sometimes there is an event of some significance, and there are definitely moments that steer the course of the story and the character's lives, but everything does to a point. We see what these character's personalities and actions get them into, and what comes of it. It's a book to read when you want to read about people rather than plot. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Dec 16, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Jun 2009):
- Unrequited love is the theme, and it applies to the overtures of all three suitors in this Victorian novel. ..Hardy published this in serial form in Cornhill Magazine in 1874, revising the text in 1895..
- Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd, who meets and falls for Bathsheba Everdene, who spurns him. Oak continues his farming, but is financially devastated when a foolish apprentice accidentally herds his sheep over a cliff. Down and in need of a living, he seeks employment at a neighboring farm, and is surprised to find Bathsheba as manager.. He joins up, but doesn't pursue his now overseer.
- Bathsheba passes a childish valentine to a Mr Boldwood, stone faced proprietor of his own neighboring farm, who takes it as genuine and falls hard for her. Later, a charming Sergeant Frank Troy returns to Weatherbury (the local town), and through arrogance and impressive swordsmanship, wins a promise of marriage.. Gabriel, who is wise to the shady character of Troy, advises Bathsheba to resist his overtures and marry poor Mr Boldwood, whose love never dies.
- All through these melodramas, Oak is a loyal and enterprising worker, who single handedly saves the hay from a devastating fire, and helps rescue some of her sheep.. An unavoidable impasse comes between Boldwood and Troy, the latter haughtily playing with the former when he offers a virtual bribe to "back off". Alas, Troy has already eloped, and Boldwood is made the fool again. Later, Troy apparently is lost at sea, ..setting the stage for some shocking turns at the end.
- Despite all the intrigue, Hardy has sprinkled in a good deal of folksy humor in this entertaining novel. The local, mainly older farmhands engage in some lively banter, and..exchanges between Bathsheba and her servants, esp. Liddy Smallbury, reveal the girlish side of the farm bailey she has become. I read this for a classic lit club, and was pleased that the story kept me going. This was made into a movie in 1967 I believe. [indeed it was, and starred Julie Christie; a British remake came in 2015, with Carey Mulligan in the lead. I've raised my rating from 3 to 3 1/2 stars, in reconsidering its comparative quality] ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Nov 28, 2018 |
Which would you rather have? Burning passion or constant loyalty? ( )
  nittnut | Sep 5, 2018 |
After reading many contemporary novels, Clock Dance the most recent,
it is so good to be in the hands of a master again!

Everything - plot, character, moods, tone, point of view, and so gloriously, the settings - is finely tuned and precisely and beautifully delivered.

The only development that, to me, never got fully resolved was Boldwood (now, there's a name to live up to!) capitulating so quickly to Falling In Love.
It would have seemed more in tune with his character to stay distant for a little longer until he could comprehend the nature of both his own
feelings and Bathsheba's responses.

Hard to read how gentle Gabirel Oak was with the newborn lambs, then killing the pets to eat.

Far From The Madding Crowd certainly stands as a testimonial for caution equally to lovers of both sexes for Love at First Sight! ( )
  m.belljackson | Aug 13, 2018 |
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Thomas Hardyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Allingham, Helen PatersonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dickerson, GeorgeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drabble, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Toole, TessNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, NormanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From wikipedia 19 Dec 2011 - Hardy took the title from Thomas Gray's poem 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' (1751):
Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
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When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.
On 30 November 1872 a letter arrived at Thomas Hardy's isolated cottage in Dorset that must by any standards be considered astonishing. (Introduction)
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It appears that ordinary men take wives because possession is not possible without marriage, and that ordinary women accept husbands because marriage is not possible without possession; with totally differing aims the method is the same on both sides.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439653, Paperback)

Set in his fictional Wessex countryside in southwest England, Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's breakthrough work. Though it was first published anonymously in 1874, the quick and tremendous success of Far from the Madding Crowd persuaded Hardy to give up his first profession, architecture, to concentrate on writing fiction. The story of the ill-fated passions of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors offers a spectacle of country life brimming with an energy and charm not customarily associated with Hardy.

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This updated authoritative edition of the classic Hardy novel, which was published anonymously and first attributed to George Eliot, is set from Hardy's revised, unedited final draft of 1912 and features a new Introduction and Afterword. There is in England no more real or typical district than Thomas Hardy's imaginary Wessex, the scattered fields and farms of which were first discovered in Far from the Madding Crowd. It is here that Gabriel Oak observes Bathsheba, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, fall victim to her amorous caprices. He stands by her through one marriage to a handsome, corruptly sentimental sergeant. Selflessly altruistic, he sees her through another betrothal to her compulsive, puritanical neighbor-as unaware as she of the stroke of Fate that will effect their ultimate union. Published anonymously and first attributed to George Eliot, Far from the Madding Crowd won Hardy immediate success; it combines an architecturally perfect plot with the philosophical overtones that were to set the theme for all his later works. The text of this Signet Classic is set from Hardy's revised final version of Far from the Madding Crowd , published in 1912 in the authoritative Wessex edition.… (more)

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