Guest More than 1 year ago Far From the Madding crowd is an excellent novel by Thomas Hardy, and is yet quite different from much of the author's later works. Hardy seems to possess less of a sadistic god-complex, and there are fewer ironic coincidences in Madding Crowd than later books. The action is propelled forth more by the characters than by Hardy himself, but despite these differences, it is very much a Hardy work - full of bleak humor, deft wit, and engrossing characterizations.
It's also one of the few Hardy works that could be said to have a 'happy ending' though, to be sure, there is still a great deal of misery and difficulty that besets the protagonists.
A great work that truly helps to broaden one's perceptions of Hardy, and excellent book in its own right. Anonymous More than 1 year ago Of all the books in my library, this one gets read over and over. The book is stimulating and intriguing from the opening page to the end and the characters are unforgettable. And the story has an underlying message that is true even today. She becomes one through the book and the three men she is involved with. As is often the case in a Hardy novel the landscape is part of the story and the shaping of the people.
I read this book years ago in highschool. Life has taught me too which qualities to value. Her beauty misleads herself and the people around her, but she finds her true worth later on.
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Hardy is nothing if not a steady student of life. Love is explored as the main theme.
Guest More than 1 year ago This book was truly an enjoyable read! Guest More than 1 year ago It is a flawless novel by Hardy and is to be counted among his best ones. It clearly expresses how people behave according to their environment. The story of full of different men falling in love with Bathseba, the main character. It also consists of the real devotion of a lover to his loved one.
Its a smooth, flawless story.
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The tone of "Far From the Madding Crowd" is pleasant, moving from descriptive narrative to humor to tragedy seamlessly. As a general summary, the book follows the lives of Gabriel Oak ostensibly the main character , Bathsheba Everdene, a young woman of stolid character coming of age; Mr. Blackwood, a farmer who becomes insanely in love with Bathsheba; and Sergeant Troy, a young soldier who woos, and wins, Bathsheba's hand in marriage.
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That is where the action kicks in. What impresses me most is Hardy's ability to instill dry wit into his description of an event, construct characters who come across as real, and create for us a world one can believe in. Clearly written, coherently structured, well paced, we can clearly see in Hardy the transition from "old, classical, English literature" to a more modern English classic. Well worth the reading - one would be the better for having read it.
This was my introduction to Hardy, and I expected certain aspects of his work, and didn't expect others. For one, I didn't expect the humor that I encountered in early character descriptions, but I was not surprised by the power and depth of the story. Hardy's reputation had preceded him to that extent. Or the two men who loved her, and the rake who married her, or perhaps most accurately, the rake who married her, the inexperienced man who loved her to distraction, and the one faithful stalwart who stood by her through all.
For Bathsheba is the most beautiful of women, and men become entranced with her and offer marriage pretty regularly here. The force of the story flows from Bathsheba's initial vanity, her tragic and ill-advised coquetry and first marriage, and how her self-absorption leads to mental breakdown and manslaughter. Hardy presents the plot in a straightforward way, and handles Bathsheba's evolution very skilfully and realistically. The chief characters are fully-realized, memorable creatures. Oak, her constant and ultimate protector, middle-aged Boldwood, driven to distraction by latecoming first love, and the reprobate Sergeant Troy, the tragic first husband, all ring truly; we believe them and understand their motivations.
I found the rabble of farm workers to bear no such distinction. I'm going to reserve judgment on whether this is where to start with Hardy. Plot-wise and resolution-wise, I was gratified by how this book ends. There is a tragic force in this narrative, and I understand it's something Hardy produced regularly. This book ends on a hopeful, life-affirming note, which by reputation, Hardy does not always employ. I'm glad I completed the exercise, but a little sorry that's what it felt like.
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