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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)

by Thomas Hardy

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  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
Very readable and enjoyable story about the varied character of Henchard and Farfrae his reflection. ( )
  brakketh | Jul 25, 2017 |
The Story of a Man's Character
  brendanus | Jul 24, 2017 |
Such a classic, had me in tears at the end ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
was this like 'Home and Away' in its day? Flawed characters and much drama in their relationships and business dealings.
Looking forward to visiting 'Hardy country' as this novel was certainly very evocative of place and time. ( )
  siri51 | Apr 11, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hardy, Thomasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, Walter ErnestAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caless, Brynsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chevallier Taylor, AlbertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gregor, IanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One evening of late summer, before the nineteenth century had reached one-third of its span, a young man and woman, the latter carrying a child, were approaching the large village of Weydon-Priors, in Upper Wessex, on foot.
There is a peculiar commerce in Hardy's novels between fact and fiction, idea and image, that makes them elusive to criticism. (Introduction)
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The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with an act of such heartlessness and cruelty that it still shocks today. Michael Henchard, an out-of-work hay-trusser, gets drunk at a fair and for five guineas sells his wife and child to a sailor. When the horror of his act finally sets in, Henchard swears he will not touch alcohol for twenty-one years. Through hard work and acumen, he becomes rich, respected, and eventually the mayor of Casterbridge. But eighteen years after his fateful oath, his wife and daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, return to Casterbridge, and his fortunes steadily decline.

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On a drunken impulse, Michael Henchard, a hay-trusser by trade, sells his wife Susan and their child to a sailor. Years later, Susan returns to Casterbridge a widow, to seek her legal husband who is, surprisingly, now the Mayor.

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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