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Historically interesting and well written
on 18 August 2001
While this is not a great novel, it is an interesting and well written one. I found myself not caring too much about the love triangle that is the main part of the novel. This is quite a serious flaw, especially when you compare it to Far From The Madding Crowd, with which The Trumpet-Major has something in common. If the main plot is weak, the characters are not. They are as interesting and as fully realised as any character in Hardy. But the real strength lies in his description of England as it awaited Napoleon's invasion: The local colour, the patriotism mingled with fear of war, and the empathy with rural people as they live out their lives. If it is not one of Hardy's great tragic masterpieces, it is still a fine book, beautifully written, and one that I would recommend to anyone who wanted a good read.