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This attractive book looks at the best of Hardy's novels in relation to people and place. Reading it makes you want to reach for the Ordnance Survey maps and get out into the countryside and enjoy not just the writings but discover how they relate to Hardy's Wessex both at the time that Hardy was writing, and now. Bullen's book makes you notice things that might never have occured to you in ordinary readings of Hardy's books. Thus we have immense contasts between the light when Tess is working in the fields with the sun shining on the machinery and the dark of Stonehenge when she and Angel are trying to avoid the police.
Hardy's characters are often homeless and none more so than… Read more