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This review is from: Far from the Madding Crowd (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
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.