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A Pair of Blue Eyes [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hardy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZC4R6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,054 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as some of his other works. 2 Nov 2012
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I'd been looking forward to reading this book and so when I sat down with Kindle in hand, I had high expectations. The further I read, though, the less entranced I became and it's fair to say that this is a long way from being my favourite Hardy novel. When the story was about Elfie and Stephen, I found it charming but when Stephen left the plot to be replaced by Knight, I found that I had little care for what happened to either of them. Elfie's behaviour began to feel unnatural and try as I might, I couldn't like the character of Knight. I rarely give up on a book so when, three months on, I found the half-finished novel on my Kindle, I decided to give it a second chance.

I suppose the reason for my disappointment is that the thing I love about Hardy's writing is how he evokes the countryside, the setting of each scene and the way that even the minor characters such as innkeepers and domestic servants are richly portrayed. A Pair of Blue Eyes feels to be much more about the twistings of the plot than some of his other tales, with the results that to my mind, some of the themes feel laboured. And after all the machinations, at the end, we are deprived of the treat of seeing how Elfie deals with her rejection by Knight, to be merely told of it third-hand and in a very rushed manner at that.

I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Hardy fan and thankfully there are still one or two of his lesser-known works that I have yet to read but when I have exhausted those, I don't think this will be one that I return to re-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version - excellent 13 Mar 2014
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Love this book in paper form - decided to re-read it on holiday, so bought for Kindle. Very enjoyable book if you like Hardy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TH initiation 7 Jan 2014
By Ms K
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This is the very first Thomas Hardy book I have ever read. Although not his most famous work (or his best some would say), it has definitely given me the taste to go on and read more. If this is not his best work, as suggested, I can't wait to read some more.

Once you get by the unusual diction and arrangement of a 19th century classic, the story unfolds. It's one of innocence, young love, and simple propriety, which would seem absurd in today's society. It proceeds at a leisurely pace, until the characters encounter misunderstandings, suspense, doubt, betrayal, heartbreak, jealousy, until a very unexpected twist in the tale.

An excellent piece of literature and one I would certainly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Hardy tragedy 29 Jun 2014
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Lots of similarities here with Tess: the innocent, trusting girl brought down by her inexperience; the intelligent, sensitive man denied happiness as a result of unrealistic expectations. It's beautifully written, of course, especially the descriptions of the Cornish countryside and the wonderful dialogue, but so frustrating. If only someone could have given them both a good shake!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a pair of blue eyes 10 May 2014
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not what I had expected but I found myself making more time to read this book and find out what was happening to the heroine. A different ending to what I had thought. really enjoyed it,
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment 20 Dec 2013
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Maybe I'm not a big Hardy fan, but the story was a bit too contrived for my liking, and I didn't particularly like any of the main characters very much. Or the ending. A good picture of Victorian life and morality though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dads Books 18 Nov 2013
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Added to my dads library of books on his Kindle. I noticed he had started reading this book from his library and he has difficulty whith the text size, no problem on his kindle though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 July 2013
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A Tale of the loves of a young girl . Lesser known of his stories a good read. Hardy makes you think about the consequences keeping secrets and if told how others may see them.
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