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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 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 6 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    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 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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

    Brilliant

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    What a Wonderful Book!

    This is the story of a Bohemian farm girl in Nebraska who runs the family farm with her father from the time she is 12, and on her own after he dies. Her ideas make the family rich, but she isn't appreciated by her two dull-witted brothers.

    It's also two love stories, one between Alexandra and her childhood friend and another that involves her best friend Maria and...well...I don't want to give too much away. This is some of the finest writing I have ever experienced.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Great Read

    I read this my sophomore year, and it is a great story. Love is explored as the main theme.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    This one's a keeper!!!

    This book was truly an enjoyable read! the characters had such distint personality, and Hardy's writing always has a dry wit to it that makes each chapter entertaining and thoughtful!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    A smooth Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2015

    Loved it!

    Well wtitten, interesting, unusual happy ending for an English style novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    :)

    Loving the Classics

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