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Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
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Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)

by Thomas Hardy

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Gaffers and gamers gather around The Greenwood Tree to consider their musical fate, to ponder the past,
and to mull over both the present and the future.

Characters are lightly presented, with none that may draw readers close as in Thomas Hardy's other novels.
His usual compelling depictions of landscape and place are similarly missing.

No reason is ever given to resolve why the church could not have BOTH an organist and a choir. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 26, 2018 |
I liked this edition in my youth - the Greenwood edition - and having come across a copy with its black, red and white dust wrapper, I am going to reread this novel which is more joyous than some other Hardy stories.
  jon1lambert | Mar 16, 2018 |
This is considered Hardy's most gentle novel. The story of a poor boy and the school mistress he loves, Hardy does weave in questions about the conventional wisdom of honesty and the nature of romantic love. While the book ends (you knew it would) with a happy wedding, the questions about how well courting couples really know each other linger in the reader's mind, as Hardy is careful not to resolve every question raised. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Not as gloomy as his later novels ( )
  LauraM77 | Jun 28, 2016 |
Read during Spring 2006

I really enjoyed the recent adaption on Masterpiece Theatre but I suspected that they took a few liberties with the original. That, combined with forgetting a book for a long rehersal night (ACK!), lead me to a quick purchase and read. Although the overall plot was in the adaption, it was not really the same as the novel. I enjoyed reading this a great deal, and I can't recal smiling at all reading any other Hardy. Fancy is a bit of a flirt and Dick a bit bespotted with her but the other suitors don't make as big an impression and only in the rainy dreariness of Parson Maybold's proposal is there really any temptation. Farmer Shiner also comes out as far more likable in the adaption, he barely gets a chance to speak his own words in the novel. Really, it is the love story of Fancy and Dick, and the end of the Mellstock Quire, which dominates. A very satisfying read.
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Cameron, Julia MargaretCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dolin, TimEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140435530, Paperback)

Under the Greenwood Tree is Thomas Hardy’s one and only rural idyll, a startling contrast to his other Wessex tales. In Mellstock, its surrounding farms and woodlands, the story interweaves the lingering courtship of Dick Dewy and sweet Fancy Day with the battle for survival of the old Mellstock String Choir – the last in the county – against the mechanical church organ of the new vicar, the Reverend Maybold.

Under the Greenwood Tree appears to be pastoral romance at its most sunlit and good humoured, and has been called the ‘most nearly flawless of Hardy’s novels’. Yet, as Tim Dolin shows in his Introduction, there is a darker side to this paradise, seen particularly in the conflicts arising over anachronistic customs and rituals, and the ambiguities surrounding Fancy’s forthcoming marriage. For Hardy, who drew out the associations with his own childhood in later revisions, the novel came to epitomize a past that had been forever lost to him and to England.

This new Penguin Classics edition, based on the two-volume first edition of 1872, includes Appendices which reflect the unique textual history of the novel.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Tim Dolin

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A pastoral work telling of the struggle of the Mellstock Quire, a group of country church musicians, against the threat of their replacement by a single organist. It also tells of the love of Fancy Day and Dick Dewy.

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