9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book!
This is my ultimate favourite book of all time. It was the first Hardy book I read and I absolutely loved his style of writing and his presentation of all the main characters. It is so finely written, and you can picture everything with Hardy's in-depth descriptions. The book was written in the latter half of the 19th century, but is still incredibly accessible. The...
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2.0 out of 5 stars We wanted to make a video review but this will have to do!
When we first opened the pages of this Thomas Hardy claasic, we immediately thought it was not a read for us. It was impossible to adjust our minds, so used to books such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Cat in the Hat, to something so long before our time. Barely halfway through, we were still unimpressed by the way it was written. While we could see how it...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book!,
This is my ultimate favourite book of all time. It was the first Hardy book I read and I absolutely loved his style of writing and his presentation of all the main characters. It is so finely written, and you can picture everything with Hardy's in-depth descriptions. The book was written in the latter half of the 19th century, but is still incredibly accessible. The emotions Hardy deals with and the way the characters interact is fantastic. All in all, the author's writing skills coupled with a very busy yet easy to follow story line make this novel truly brilliant and timeless.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Moving,
I have developed such an attactment to this book that I find it difficult to put into words just how precious it is. All I can say is, if you have a heart perhaps you'll love it to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nope,
I gave five stars because it's what I asked for: a book I needed to study for English at a cheap price. The novel itself I really didn't enjoy and it was a chore to get through; I would have to isolate myself from all things entertaining in order to force myself to read it. I could literally get distracted by my finger nails it was so incredibly dull. Hardy seems to have the same issues of distraction as he manages to describe everything and anything to do with nature for pages and pages, rather than actually get to the point and tell the story. But I can at least kinda/oughta appreciate the intelligent way in which he can describe things, but he may as well have described the texture of cat food for all I care. Yes, sheep are so fascinating, thank you for the three page reminder. The story only gets interesting when you reach the last 30 pages, but the events are so incredibly ridiculous, and part of the reason I'm using this book for my essay on 'love is a kind of madness', and also because I hate myself. If you want to be driven rather mad in spite of the title, go right ahead and buy this book, you maniac. I'm going to sit right here and stare at squirrels for a while, as my essay slowly shrivels and dies at the pain I have inflicted upon it. God I hate this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far From the Madding Crowd,
This book is wonderful. I don't think anyone writes more beautifully than Hardy, and this particularly descriptive and pastoral novel is so well written, and the language is so elegant. Even if there were no story lines at all in any of Hardy's books, I think they would still be awesome, since the writing is just fantastic. Though there are story lines of course, and though (in my taste) not matching the quality and depth of actual writing, there book is altogether alluring and incredible. Everybody should read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorset filiming,
I sent this book to my daughter who lives in Mapperton where parts of the new film were being screened - she loved the story and understood what was going on in her village regarding the film.
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic at an affordable price,
Maybe not the highest production values in terms of paper/print quality but absolutely more than good enough unless you plan on saving it and re-reading it 100 times over in as many years :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from the Madding Crowd (Wordsworth Classics),
Far from the Madding Crowd (Wordsworth Classics) wonderful you must also read his others too if you hven't done so already The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jude the Obscure especially
5.0 out of 5 stars Three suitors chase the heart of the beautiful Bathsheba. Who will she end up with?,
Generally considered to be one of the greatest romantic stories ever written, Thomas Hardy's fourth novel set in the fictional county of Wessex tells the story of a young female farmer, and three suitors who hope to win her hand in marriage. Two of those men's romantic feelings are not reciprocated: Gabriel Oak, a shepherd, and Farmer Boldwood spend most of the time forlornly chasing her affections, knowing that they don't stand much of a chance with the dashing soldier Sergent Troy on the scene.
But this being a Thomas Hardy story, nothing is straightforward as it seems, and as you can expect from this author renowned for pathos, not everybody makes it to the end of the book alive.
4.0 out of 5 stars Patience rewarded,
The rise and fall in Bathsheba's circumstances and the changing fortunes of her suitors make entertaining reading, though it takes a little time to adjust to the archaic language. The rustic characters are clichés, however. The number of notes in my copy demonstrate how obscure a lot of the references are, but I skipped many of these and some dialect to keep the flow going. It is one of the lighter Hardy novels and I enjoyed it.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A master story teller,
Author of Afinidad: A Novel of a Serial Killer
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A master story teller, July 4, 2009
Author of Afinidad: A novel of a serial killer
Aztec Dawn: A tale of sacrifical murder, from Manhattan to Mexico
After reading a Thomas Hardy novel, I always heave a sigh of deep satisfaction; his writing is just so enjoyable. I reread Far from the Madding Crowd recently, choosing that novel out of all of his because it has a happier ending than many of the others. This is a tale of unrequited love; love gone bad; love truimphing; the whole gamut of love actually. Bethsheba Everdene, the object of three men's attention, is a wilful, very beautiful girl. Hardy weaves a skilful story about the quality of those men's love. One man's is utterly selfless (the farmer fallen on hard times, Gabriel Oak); one's is wholly about his own needs (the farmer, Mr Boldwood); and the other, Sergeant Troy, doesn't love her at all but thinks it sport to capture the affections of such a desirable woman.
The novel is set in the mid 1800s, in a fictional rural part of England called Wessex, where Hardy sets most of his novels. There is no one better than Hardy for describing the everyday life of the labourers who worked the fields of England before the Industrial Revolution ended their world for ever. His lengthy descriptions of conversations between these people as they take their ease in the local pub may be too wordy for modern viewers but I adore them. They are very descriptive of the way they talked and, to our modern ear, they are very funny. An example:
'Yes, continued Joseph Poorgrass - his shyness, which was so painful as a defect, filling him with a mild complacency now that it was regarded as an interesting study. 'Twere blush, blush, blush, with me every minute of the time, when she was speaking to me.'
'I believe ye, Joseph Poorgrass, for we all know ye to be a very bashful man.'
'Tis a' awkward gift for a man, poor soul,' said the maltster. 'And ye have suffered from it a long time, we know.'
'Ay, ever since I was a boy. Yes - mother was concerned to her heart about it - yes. But twas all for nought.'
And so on, in that vein. Hardy revels in recording conversations of that nature throughout his novels. He is also a master of the English language. An example; 'She contracted a yawn to an inoffensive smallness, so that it was hardly ill mannered at all.'
And here's another phrase, used when describing Bethsheba's good looks;
'Let it be said that, here, criticism checked itself and looked at her proportions with a long consciousness of pleasure.'
So that's why I sigh with pleasure when reading his books. Because there is no one better at using words to convey a story.
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