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The Mayor of Casterbridge (Enriched Classics (Pocket)) (original 1886; edition 2008)

by Thomas Hardy

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Title:The Mayor of Casterbridge (Enriched Classics (Pocket))
Authors:Thomas Hardy
Info:Simon & Schuster (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (1886)

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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 |
Well. It was a little depressing. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
(6) I haven't read a Hardy in a while. My last foray was 'Tess' which I very much enjoyed and I have read 'Jude the Obscure' which I also thought was quite good. This was not quite as good as either of those. All the turns of fate and secrets revealed in the life of one 'man of character,' Michael Henchard, -- he goes from rags to riches and back again in Hardy's fictional town of Wessex based on the English town of Dorchester.

The writing is fairly typical Victorian i.e. flowery, though less melodramatic than a Bronte, less comedic than a Dickens, and less complex than a Eliot - there are still lots of cultural, Biblical references which are (for me at least) fairly obscure. And of course with Hardy - tragedy abounds. However, I did not feel as sad or shocked by the tragedies in this novel as I felt for the characters in 'Tess' and 'Jude.' The characters frustrated me and I couldn't particularly make myself appreciate Henchard as a 'man of character.' - Does Hardy mean of good character or bad? I thought he was quite changeable which also doesn't go along with one might think of when someone is referred to as having 'character.' Anyway, I could not muster up much empathy for him. But the story is fairly enjoyable and there are some memorable scenes - 'the skimminton,' the effigy in the water, the starved goldfinch found later in the discarded cage, the return of the 'furmity' woman, when Henchard spies Newsome in his spyglass come back to Casterbridge again.

Overall, a worthy read but I have liked his others better. I will still stand by Eliot as my favorite Victorian novelist. For me, nothing compares to 'Middlemarch,' and Dickens' 'Bleak House,' my other Victorian fave. I think Ms. Elizabeth Jane should have washed her hands of the whole lot of 'em and gone off on her own. ( )
  jhowell | Jan 24, 2017 |
I haven't been this angry at book characters for a long, long time. I guess that would mean that Hardy can write some fleshed out characters if they make one so angry.. ( )
  avalinah | Sep 11, 2016 |
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Allen, Walter ErnestAfterwordsecondary 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.
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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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