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Mayor of Casterbridge (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    One of the best books I've read all year!

    This is such a wonderful and engrossing story about a man who lives with the consequences of a reckless deed he committed when he was young. It is a tragic novel, but oh, so well written and so compelling! I couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved it!!! This Barnes and Noble edition is superb! The introduction is very informative and the notes are excellent, adding so much to the enjoyment of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    PERFECT!

    A beautiful touching tragedy. Hardy creates rich characters in all his works but Michael Henchard exceeds all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Not an easy read but well worth it

    I first read this book in middle school. It took me a while to finish but the questions it raises are universal and only more important as we age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

    A Book to Love and Hate

    This book is the synthesis of masterful writing, character development, and brilliant description. In itself, the book deserves the highest opinions amongst readers as one of the most enveloping reads Victorian England could have produced. However, the characters are so far from this beautiful perfection, that the contrast is angering and very frustrating, especially when we see the failings of the human heart, of the birth of weakness in the strong, of arrogant usurpation of the old by the new. It is a book you love to hate or hate to love.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Chocked with Suspense

    In the opening of this book, Michael Henchard, is introduced as a man who is focused solely on his shortcomings with wealth and his fate to be tied to his family whom he views as a hindrance to him.

    Very early on in the story Hardy creates a scene in which Henchard is coaxed into public drunkenness where he proceeds to sell his wife and child to anyone willing to partake in his auction. The spectacle, however, is shortlived and before long Henchard is dreaming in his chair. The following morning as he rises he finds his loved ones missing and much to his dismay he soon recognizes his error.

    This initial act continues to play a role in the character's conduct and motives throughout the events that follow. Because Henchard is never able to recover from his past wrongdoings, misfortune seems to shadow everything he happens upon.

    As Donald Farfrae comes into the story it becomes clear from his successes that he has been introduced to foil the obscure Michael Henchard. This overt contradiction only adds to the downward spiral; hence in every area that Henchard has failed Farfrae has flourished.

    With a handful of seemingly ordinary characters, Hardy has woven an intricate narration of scandal, revenge, and ultimately atonement. This book is an absolute classic!

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