The Woodlanders

The Woodlanders

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by Thomas Hardy, Rufus Sewell, Rufus Sewekk
     
 

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Grace Melbury, the only daughter of a timber-merchant, arrives home in Little Hintock after an expensive education and her father looks to find a husband for her. There are two rivals for her hand: Giles Winterborne, a good-hearted yeoman and her childhood sweetheart, and Edred Fitzpiers, an ambitious young doctor of good family. Fitzpiers wins her, but the mismatch

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Grace Melbury, the only daughter of a timber-merchant, arrives home in Little Hintock after an expensive education and her father looks to find a husband for her. There are two rivals for her hand: Giles Winterborne, a good-hearted yeoman and her childhood sweetheart, and Edred Fitzpiers, an ambitious young doctor of good family. Fitzpiers wins her, but the mismatch brings unhappiness not just to the young couple, but to a wider circle in the woodland community.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Samuel West gives a beautiful reading of Hardy's elegant novel about innocence lost and love tragically squandered. Grace Melbury has been educated much above her social station by a father who wanted her to have a better life than could be made in the woodland village of her birth. To assuage his own guilt about a past incident in his life, he had always intended for Grace to marry Giles Winterborne, an honest, reliable man. Grace and Giles had been dear friends since childhood, but when Grace returns to the village after her schooling, Giles seems beneath her in sophistication. Giles loses Grace to dashing doctor Edred Fitzpiers, a charming, unfaithful, weak man who is subsequently dazzled by the local aristocrat, a rather coquettish widow named Mrs. Felice Charmond. This story becomes much deeper through Hardy's elegiac prose and keen eye for detail. One never tires of West's dramatization. This quiet work won't appeal to all patrons, especially those who want only the latest best sellers. Although not one of Hardy's most well-known works (e.g., Jude the Obscure, Audio Reviews, LJ 4/1/98), this is a gem that deserves to be heard.--Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI
From the Publisher
“The finest English novel.”—Arnold Bennett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780001052017
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Series:
HarperCollinsAudioBooks Series
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 5.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hardy, whose writing immortalized the Wessex countryside and dramatized his sense of the inevitable tragedy of life, was born at Upper Bockhampton, near Stinsford in Dorset in 1840, the eldest child of a prosperous stonemason. As a youth he trained as an architect and in 1862 obtained a post in London. During his time he began seriously to write poetry, which remained his first literary love and his last. In 1867-68, his first novel was refused publication, butUnder the Greenwood Tree (1872), his first Wessex novel, did well enough to convince him to continue writing. In 1874, Far from the Madding Crowd, published serially and anonymously in the Cornhill Magazine, became a great success. Hardy married Emma Gifford in 1878, and in 1885 they settled at Max Gate in Dorchester, where he lived the rest of his life. There he had wrote The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895).

With Tess, Hardy clashed with the expectations of his audience; a storm of abuse broke over the “infidelity” and “obscenity” of this great novel he had subtitled “A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented.” Jude the Obscure aroused even greater indignation and was denounced as pornography. Hardy’s disgust at the reaction to Jude led him to announce in 1869 that he would never write fiction ever again. He published Wessex Poems in 1898, Poems of the Past and Present in 1901, and from 1903 to 1908, The Dynast, a huge drama in which Hardy’ s conception of the Immanent Will, implicit in the tragic novels, is most clearly stated.

In 1912 Hardy’s wife, Emma died. The marriage was childless and had been a troubled one, but in the years after her death, Hardy memorialized her in several poems. At seventy-four he married his longtime secretary, Florence Dugdale, herself a writer of children’s books and articles, with whom he live happily until his death in 1928. His heart was buried in the Wessex Countryside; his ashes were placed next to Charles Dickens’s in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 2, 1840
Date of Death:
January 11, 1928
Place of Birth:
Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England
Place of Death:
Max Gate, Dorchester, England
Education:
Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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The Woodlanders 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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This ebook is so poorly formatted it is nearly illegible. I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it and that's a shame because it seems like an interesting story.
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This book is a refreshing change from the books I've been reading. Definitely a classic.
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Trash!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt read any of !it has many errors dont get this book youll regret it!!!!!:(
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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