Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

eBook - 2010
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Publisher: To be supplied : Project Gutenberg, 2010.
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wyenotgo
Jun 14, 2017

Anyone stepping into a classic 19th century novel such as this needs to leave 21st century ideas of literary style behind and immerse oneself in an entirely different world. Having once made that shift, a feast awaits. Hardy's craft and inventiveness in presenting the personality, appearance, demeanor and habits of of his characters is unmatched in English literature. He often employs what in a lesser writer might be considered a trick, that of introducing a seemingly trivial event or action that sets in motion an often cataclysmic sequence of events (in this case the ill-advised sending of a somewhat juvenile valentine). His stories begin slowly and gain momentum, often with tragic consequences. Most of his main characters are flawed or are prone to make unwise decisions; in this, they are intensely human. Hardy's turn of phrase is often exquisite, emerging clear and shining despite the archaic and (to our ears) overly complex Victorian era syntax. e.g. "That night Gabriel Oak, beneath the screen of closed eyelids, was busy with fancies and full of movement, like a river flowing rapidly under its ice."
A thoroughly satisfying novel.

GSPLjodie Aug 18, 2016

Classic story of a love triangle - except with four players. An exceptional read - well worth the time and effort. Looking forward to watching the movie.

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Eosos
Jun 07, 2016

'Read Hardy' my sister said 5 years ago, 'I think you'll like him.' 862 books later, I finally took that advise and read my first Hardy.

This was a wonderfully well written and evocative story. Hardy transports you to a time and a place, he writes the landscape and the people so you can see them, envision them.

It's pretty hard not to like the character of Gabriel Oak; the steady, though unlucky, sheep farmer. His love is pure and he doesn't let either his emotions or circumstances change his opinions or alter his attitude.
It's equally hard to like either Boldwood or Troy. Men both ruled by passions they can't or won't control.
And Bathsheba lies somewhere in the middle, a very human character, endearing and maddening in turns. Admirable for the way she moves and works in what was (and probably still is) very much a man's world.

I can't say I actually really liked any of the characters. Gabriel was plodding, Troy a creep, Boldwood pushy and Bathsheba flighty; but altogether, they made for a fantastic story.

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julia_sedai
Aug 03, 2015

This is the second book by Thomas Hardy that I've read and I love his style of writing. It was written in 1876 but it's easy to see that people have not changed all that much. The relationships between Bathsheba and her three suitors are so real. I especially liked how Gabriel and Bathsheba interact in the story. They become even closer than friends and coworkers. Hardy's description of the fictional "Wessex" is so realistic, it will make you want to go there. It was interesting learning about how they farmed and their daily and seasonal tasks. Also, I found most of the characters very amusing. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys English lit and older romance stories.

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janwishart
Jul 15, 2015

The story of Gabriel and Bathsheba's relationship. Beautiful language and sentence structure.

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IV27HUjg
May 20, 2015

I love Hardy writing, but the language of the time is tedious & sometimes hard to follow now days. I tried rereading it after the 2015 movie just to remind myself of the story.

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1aa
May 16, 2015

The plot is rather too similar to cookie-cutter saccharine romances, but the other parts, the reflective essay-istic parts redeem the novel.
This edition is not a Penguin Classic, and so lacks notes and glossary for regionalisms and obsolescent terms and phrases.

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marthabwaters
May 10, 2015

I love Hardy, and thought it was high time I got around to reading this one since there's a new movie adaptation, but I don't think it was his absolute best--chock full of interesting, complicated characters, as always, but I thought the love story in this one was frustrating, and I got fed up with the heroine at times. Worth reading, because I think everything Hardy wrote was pretty great, but it's not at the top of my list of favorites of his.

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Mum_of_2
Dec 16, 2011

I really loved the idea of reading about the Victorian working class. I was not inthralled with the love story, which was the crux of the book.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

Notable classic title.

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Eosos
Jun 07, 2016

No, Shepherd Oak, no! Listen to reason, shepherd. All that's the matter with me is the affliction called a multiplying eye, and that's how it is I look double to you-I mean, you look double to me.

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Eosos
Jun 07, 2016

When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.

M_ALCOTT Sep 21, 2015

[Bathsheba Everdene, our 19th century Bachelorette. Just who will she give the final rose to? Will it be...]

Gabriel Oak: "I shall do one thing in this life--one thing certain--that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die."

William Boldwood: "My life is a burden without you. I want you--I want you to let me say I love you again and again!"

Francis "Frank" Troy: "Upon my heart, women will be the death of me!"

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

Bathsheba Everdene decides that the best way to improve her station in life is to marry well. Her three suitors - the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, the lonely widower Farmer Boldwood, and the dashing but faithless Sergeant Troy vie for her affections.

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