Top critical review
LONG. PEOPLE MAKING BAD CHOICES. BUT WORTH A READ.
on 14 May 2016
I chose this book to read to somebody who is older than myself, knowing that it would not have any over descriptive adult themes which would have been embarrassing - and I was correct. My first Thomas Hardy. I am trying an odd alleged classic book of all time every few months or so. If you are interested in reading what all the supposedly marvellous critics put forward as the great novels try Emma by Jane Austen before reading The Return of the Native. I am sure you will see what I mean. Emma is far superior, and an easier read, I always enjoy reading Emma. The Return of the Native is a bit long but I suppose once you get used to his style they get easier. Some people say his descriptions actually place you in the location, but I felt it was a bit blurred and long winded. Gosh am sounding a bit long winded myself now. To me it was pretty obvious who would end up with who at the beginning. Don't be put off though. I will try more Hardy - but would not read this again. A lot of people making silly mistakes and silly choices. Like an upmarket TV soap opera. But well written. And of course the download was free, which helped.