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Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Popular Classi&hellip by Thomas Hardy
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hardy's first major success starts out with a plethora of rich, evocative description of the landscape the shepherd, Gabriel Oak, inhabits, such as "the dry leaves simmered and boiled in the desolate winds, a tongue of air sending them spinning across the grass", the trees "wailing and chaunting to each other in the regular antiphonies of a cathedral choir". Hardy is an excellent (and in my opinion unsurpassed) creator of atmosphere.
Hardy evokes sympathy for Oak in his initial rejection by Bathsheba, giving the reader a sense of his vulnerability, with his initial description also describing how his face "had some relics of the boy", further suggesting vulnerability. However, Oak… Read more
The First Crossing of Greenland by Fridtjof Nansen
The First Crossing of Greenland by Fridtjof Nansen
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Crossing, 15 July 2002
This is a fascinating book. Not one second passes when the reader is not excited by the amazing adventure Nansen undertook. It also reads very well for a book written by an explorer as opposed to a proffesional writer, possibly even better, and the descriptions in it are vivid and enchanting. The incorporation of photos of the expedition is also very interesting.
However, it is let down slightly by the fact that there are so many spelling mistakes in the translation. But overall, an excellent read, and I would recommend anyone with a spirited sense of adventure to read it.