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The World of Wessex,
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This review is from: Thomas Hardy: The World of his Novels (Kindle Edition)
Thomas Hardy described the Wessex he wrote so eloquently about, as a `partly real, partly dream-country'. In this excellent book Barrie Bullen explores this theme by looking at the landscapes and, particularly, the buildings which Hardy uses in his novels; but rather than simply describing them he looks at the way Hardy integrates them into his plots and transforms them to fit his themes and stories.
The research has been meticulous, and end result is one of the most readable books on Hardy that I have ever come across. A great read for anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy!