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Under the Greenwood Tree (Penguin Classics) (original 1872; edition 1999)

by Thomas Hardy (Author)

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"Under the Greenwood Tree" (1872) preceded "The Return of the Native" and "Far from the Madding Crowd," as the first of Thomas Hardy's novels set in Wessex. A holiday tale of charm and appeal, "Under the Greenwood Tree" was Hardy's second novel. The book brought him his first taste of literary and public success. The warmly-remembered holiday and love story told in "Under the Greenwood Tree" is sure to please readers today. Full of nostalgia and evocative scenes, "Under the Greenwood Tree" evokes Hardy's sense of place, time, and human relationships, with little of the darkness found in Hardy's later, great works such as "Jude the Obscure" and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles."… (more)
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Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy (1872)

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Under the Greenwood Tree" is the story of the romantic entanglement between church musician, Dick Dewey, and the attractive new school mistress, Fancy Day. A pleasant romantic tale set in the Victorian era, "Under the Greenwood Tree" is one of Thomas Hardy's most gentle and pastoral novels.

Second book to be read in the local "Hardy Readers" bookgroup after Desperate Remedies.

This is a shorter, lighter book that is also easier to read that Desperate Remedies. It is about a small local community, and the story starts with description of the "choir" (singers and musicians) who are going round the houses (often isolated) one Christmas night. They briefly glimpse sight of the new school teacher - Miss Day - who becomes the centre of attention.

She and Dick Dewy fall in love, but their engagement faces obstacles from both her father and the fact that other men are vying for her hand. As a subplot the choir, who also accompany the mass, find that they will be ousted, to be replaced by a new organ, which the vicar has decided will be played by Miss Day, even though she has stated that she doesnt want to..

It is a much happier book than DR, has a more continuous flow in the narrative (although being split into 4 "seasons"). As I was not struggling with the narrative on this one, I was able to pay better attention to Hardy's descriptions of nature, and it was much more pleasing. ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
Fancy Day was the OG manic pixie dream girl ( )
  noramd | Dec 17, 2021 |
No deaths! Quite a simple but charming tale. ( )
  SarahKDunsbee | Aug 2, 2021 |
Lovely look at another time. I was surprised, it just flew by. Very engaging, lots of laughs. ( )
  njcur | Jun 15, 2021 |
Under the Greenwood Tree was the first of Hardy's Wessex novels, and his first commercially successful novel after his first novel Desperate Remedies flopped. First published in 1872, in the 20 years subsequent he updated the book several times when it was republished by different houses, mainly to bring it more in keeping with the topography and social networks of his subsequent and more popular Wessex novels. This Penguin edition was the original text (save for corrections of spelling and punctuation), and I appreciated reading it in its original intended form without the later polishing.

It's easy to spot this as an early Hardy novel; it bears none of his later hallmarks of tragedy or the country descriptions that envelop you so completely in novels such as Tess of the d'Urbervilles or The Return of the Native. I missed the prickle of the furze and the squelch of the turf which transport you back to a bygone era in his other novels. Moreover, I heartily missed the usual Hardy tragedy that cuts you like a knife.

Under the Greenwood Tree is a gentle pastoral novel that focuses on the day-to-day lives of regular country inhabitants. The plot typifies the inconsequential happenings in a rural parish - a new, attractive schoolmistress puts the noses of the men of the church quire out of joint as the entranced vicar allows the equally enchanted church warden to persuade him that the new schoolmistress should now lead the church music on the organ. Meanwhile, the tranter's son has also fallen head over heels for her charms, but can he win his heart given his lowly social position in comparison with the wealth of the churchwarden or vicar?

It's the shortest of Hardy's Wessex novels, and gratifyingly so as it meanders and weaves with no real plot surprises. Compared to his other Wessex novels it disappoints, but there's enough there to while away a few enjoyable hours on a rainy day.

3 stars - interesting enough, but I'm afraid Hardy has set the bar too high in his later novels for this to warrant much attention. ( )
  AlisonY | Feb 20, 2020 |
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Cameron, Julia MargaretCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dolin, TimEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golden, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, PercyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grigson, GeoffreyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardy, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hilton, MargaretNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Leighton, ClareIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, C. DayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Under the Greenwood Tree" (1872) preceded "The Return of the Native" and "Far from the Madding Crowd," as the first of Thomas Hardy's novels set in Wessex. A holiday tale of charm and appeal, "Under the Greenwood Tree" was Hardy's second novel. The book brought him his first taste of literary and public success. The warmly-remembered holiday and love story told in "Under the Greenwood Tree" is sure to please readers today. Full of nostalgia and evocative scenes, "Under the Greenwood Tree" evokes Hardy's sense of place, time, and human relationships, with little of the darkness found in Hardy's later, great works such as "Jude the Obscure" and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles."

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