FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD [NOOK Book]

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When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.

His Christian name was Gabriel, and on working days he was a young man of sound judgment, easy motions, proper dress, and general good character. On Sundays he was a ...
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When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.

His Christian name was Gabriel, and on working days he was a young man of sound judgment, easy motions, proper dress, and general good character. On Sundays he was a man of misty views, rather given to postponing, and hampered by his best clothes and umbrella: upon the whole, one who felt himself to occupy morally that vast middle space of Laodicean neutrality which lay between the Communion people of the parish and the drunken section, — that is, he went to church, but yawned privately by the time the con-gegation reached the Nicene creed,- and thought of what there would be for dinner when he meant to be listening to the sermon. Or, to state his character as it stood in the scale of public opinion, when his friends and critics were in tantrums, he was considered rather a bad man; when they were pleased, he was rather a good man; when they were neither, he was a man whose moral colour was a kind of pepper-and-salt mixture.

Since he lived six times as many working-days as Sundays, Oak's appearance in his old clothes was most peculiarly his own — the mental picture formed by his neighbours in imagining him being always dressed in that way. He wore a low-crowned felt hat, spread out at the base by tight jamming upon the head for security in high winds, and a coat like Dr. Johnson's; his lower extremities being encased in ordinary leather leggings and boots emphatically large, affording to each foot a roomy apartment so constructed that any wearer might stand in a river all day long and know nothing of damp — their maker being a conscientious man who endeavoured to compensate for any weakness in his cut by unstinted dimension and solidity.
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  • BN ID: 2940012199867
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 490 KB

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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 7 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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  • 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 December 11, 2011

    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 do get what you pay for¿

    2 out of 2 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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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    A typical classic

    This Hardy Novel is a typical classic. It has a place in the history of the novel but has little to offer otherwise. The story portrays the very realistic struggle of a young woman with her romantic relationships and does so admirably. But the story is rather predicable and the writing style is good but not particularly notable. I believe this novel would particularly resonant with young women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Sweet book.

    I really liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    :)

    Loving the Classics

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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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  • 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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