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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    Not for the average modern reader

    I picked up Far From the Madding Crowd in my quest to read more classic literature. It took quite awhile for me to work my way through this book. I almost quit reading it several times. The writing style definitely takes some concentration. I felt more comfortable with the 'prose' after about ten chapters of reading. Some of the sentences stretch on for an entire paragraph (which takes some getting used to). The next sentence is a typical example of the sentence structure: "For dreariness nothing could surpass a prospect in the outskirts of the city of Melchester at a later hour on this same snowy evening - if that may be called a prospect of which the chief constituent was darkness." This book is not for the average modern reader.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    What a great story

    When I started reading this book, many people commented that they made a movie from it. I was starting the book at the time and thought, "Really?", because the first chapters are rather slow with few interesting parts.

    Thank goodness I don't give up on books I start because this tale of a sheep herder, a girl whom he falls in love, and their interwoven lives within a rural English farming town (including a classic English gentlemen) was superbly captivating.

    I also liked the overarching theme that failures in life, though dark and fearful, can be the commencement of something greater and better for someone in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    A TRUE CLASSIC

    I stumbled on this book in a small public library. After reading several chapters, I ordered it as I knew I would want a copy permanently on my bookshelf. This book is superb. The descriptions of the 19th century country side are crafted as only a master could. I savoured this novel and the tale has continued to haunt me. I probably would not have enjoyed it in my younger days but now relished the impressions Hardy paints for us of time and place. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    It was alright...

    The plot was kind of slow, and the character relationships got confusing as the book went on. But overall it was just alright, nothing I would reccomend for other teens such as myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    Excellent 19th Century Literary Masterpiece

    I greatly enjoyed this novel, not so much for its stark stoicism, but rather for the array of characters who make the book one to remember. Hardy does an excellent job of building his characters, making them dynamic in many respects, while retaining a certain sense of humaness and realism. 'Far from the Madding Crowd' is a novel that you can read time and time again; I highly recommend it for readers who love 19th century British lit, the works of Emily and Charlotte Bronte, or Dickens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    This book was about ME!

    This book although boring for me at the first chapter, it became like my diary. I could really relate to this book in the sense that I was living Batshebas life while i was reading this book. I recommend it to all my girlfriends. This book doesn't teach you morals or anything but it has this message that you have to figure it after you read the book!Trust me it's worth your time!

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