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Far From the Madding Crowd (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Excellent early work from Hardy!

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 a...
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.

posted by Anonymous on June 13, 2005

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Bad Scan

Bad Scan

Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this book is very poorly scanned. Pagination and printing is off. I love Thomas Hardy ¿ but this is not the way to read him.

It is not worth the trouble, and I am deleting it.

I guess you really ...
Bad Scan

Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this book is very poorly scanned. Pagination and printing is off. I love Thomas Hardy ¿ but this is not the way to read him.

It is not worth the trouble, and I am deleting it.

I guess you really do get what you pay for¿

posted by Tigonus on December 11, 2011

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    The Evolution of a Heroine

    Bathsheba does not start out as a heroine in this lovely rendering of
    Hardy's fictional world of Dorset. 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. Hardy is nothing if not a steady student of life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Sweet book.

    I really liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Definately grows on you

    For Academic Decathlon this year, our book of study was Far From the Madding Crowd. Though I didn't particularly enjoy it my first time reading it through, I have to come to really appreciate it for what it is. Hardy's characters come alive, and you feel as though you are sometimes at one with the characters in the story. An excellent read for anyone with some patience.

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