The Woodlanders [NOOK Book]

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The novel was later classified by Hardy for the Wessex Edition of his works into the primary group of "Novels of Character and Environment", versus the other two lesser categories of his novels. The novel remained Hardy's personal favourite, and is widely acknowledged to be among his finest achievements.

The "woodland story" it narrates was evidently intended to be the ...
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Overview

The novel was later classified by Hardy for the Wessex Edition of his works into the primary group of "Novels of Character and Environment", versus the other two lesser categories of his novels. The novel remained Hardy's personal favourite, and is widely acknowledged to be among his finest achievements.

The "woodland story" it narrates was evidently intended to be the successor to his 1874 Far from the Madding Crowd, but he laid the concept of the novel aside to try other genres and works.

The Woodlanders marks the beginnings of controversy for Hardy's novels. At this point in his career he was established enough as a writer to take risks, especially in the areas of sex, sexual attraction, marriage, divorce, marital fidelity, unconventional plots and tones, and seemingly immoral conclusions.

The novel reflects common Hardyan themes: a rustic, evocative setting, poorly chosen marriage partners, unrequited love, social class mobility, and an unhappy ending to the plot. As with most all his other works, the reader is left feeling frustrated without a greater sense of finality to the romantic relationships, as opportunities for fulfillment and happiness are forsaken or delayed. None of the characters are left fulfilled by the end of the narrative.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014747288
  • Publisher: Philtre Libre
  • Publication date: 6/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 317 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. While his works typically belong to the Naturalism movement, several poems display elements of the previous Romantic and Enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. While he regarded himself primarily as a poet who composed novels mainly for financial gain, he became and continues to be widely regarded for his novels, such as Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    A saga of love : lost and found

    I picked the copy in our city book-fair for no specific reason , and once I started reading I had ..a tryst with myself, my whole existence shaken. I have never before experienced such a journey into alleys of love and passion , crossing the lanes of circumstances and crashing downat last, leaving you love-struck, whatever that may mean.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    Incredible Emotional Rollercoaster

    I can't believe no-one reviewed this book yet, I'd recommend it to all fellow romantics but as with all hardy novels don't expect a happy ending. I couldn't sleep after reading it, the beauty of description of the English landscape, the doomed love between Grace and Giles, the frustration you feel towards propriety and the social conventions at that time, how happiness for everyone seems just in reach and then is cruelly snatched away. If you don't fall in love with at least one character in this book then you must have a heart of stone!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Tap this !

    I couldnt read any of !it has many errors dont get this book youll regret it!!!!!:(

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    The small shadow

    Species: shadow~ Gender: female~ Personality: feels what her master feels. Does what her master wishes~ Description: a small cat-shaped shadow with gold eyes. Almost see-through and is untouchable to any but her master.~

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended.

    This book is a refreshing change from the books I've been reading. Definitely a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Fawn

    A young reddish brown griffin with black front legs a black beak silver eyes and white spots on her body.she is loyal brave and endearingly kind

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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