The Return of the Native: Saint George Defeatedby Brian Thomas, Thomas Hardy
With its unity of time and setting, its careful patterning of visual motifs and almost choreographic groupings of characters, and its skillful use of repetition and variation, The Return of the Native established new standards of both craftsmanship and art. In this insightful study of Thomas Hardy's 1878 masterwork, Brian Thomas argues that the novel's unique power is related to its operatic quality: while often melodramatic and sometimes verging on the absurd, the sense of passion and pathos is always on the grand scale.
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