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The critically established text, the first to be based on detailed study of all revised texts, presents manuscript readings which have never before appeared in print.
The stories include The Three Strangers; A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four; The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion; The Withered Arm; Fellow-Townsmen; Interlopers at the Knap; The Distracted Preacher
Posted July 10, 2013
Nothing brings to life the trials and passions of the common people in late 17th century rural England like Thomas Hardy's books. This book is a collection of little gems. I like "The Three Strangers" the best because of the element of suspense - everything isn't what it seems at first sight - and because of the beautifully drawn description of the scenery and the scene inside the house. Each tale vividly draws an aspect of English society, life and the landscape in the countryside at the time. I did not like his preoccupation with lost love and sad endings in other tales, but I can understand that love had to struggle against the class structure of the time, and many times lost.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2012
A great collection of tales from Hardy. He really knows how to write wonderful characters, and his writing shines in this collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.