- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 9513 KB
- Publisher: Delphi Classics; 8 edition (5 April 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VBHAF2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Delphi Complete Works of Thomas Hardy (Illustrated) Kindle Edition
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The volumes of short stories are also navigable down to individual tales so it is somewhat surprising that when it comes to the meat of Hardy's output, the great novels, the publisher here has not made them navigable other than to the start of each novel. There is no table of contents for each novel to take you to individual chapters.
The illustrations, mainly of Hardy himself and of people and places connected with him are a pleasing addition but could be better captioned. For example, it would be useful to know Hardy's age when the various pictures of him were made.
This is well worth getting just to have the complete poems but if you're studying Hardy you probably also need an edition that has his novels in a more navigable format. Fortunately these editions are so cheap that's not a problem.
UPDATE JUNE 20th, 2011. The publishers have now updated this file. The novels are now navigable to individual chapters; captions have been added to the illustrations and stanza divisions have been incorporated into the poems. What more can one say? For any sixth form or college student studying Hardy or simply for anyone who loves his work this file has it all. The poems especially are beautifully formatted now; a joy to read.
Great value if you want all the Hardy novels in one place!
Delphi then took the trouble to add a comment that they had updated the file to add a table of chapters to each of the novels.
Based on that, I bought the book. Having downloaded it (June 2013), it seems somehow to have reverted to an even worse position than the the original, with all of the great novels just appearing as a single book. I tried the update page - doesn't exist anymore, and regardless I don't quite see how that would have ever worked.
With the sheer volume of novels, this renders the inclusion of the novels absolutely useless. You can't even search in the book to at least go to a book title.
I'm giving 2 stars for sheer volume, else, it's useless to me.
If I'm proven wrong, or there is an updated version that at least separates the great novels by title, then I'll re-appraise.
Update: OK, with more searching, I'm wrong - to get to the list of novels, do this: GoTo Page 1 (not "Beginning", as this just takes you to the "The Novels", which is the unindexed point that I was complaining about).
A minor change would make this better: "Beginning" should actually take you to the table of contents for the Novels, not the novels themselves, which are unindexed.
Upgrading to 4 stars...
The illustration was a bonus. I enjoyed dwelling on the picture of Hardy accompanied by his bicycle, as I tried to imagine from his inscrutable face some hint of the person who was driven to produce characters as unforgettably distinct as Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the D'Urbevilles.
I've read only a few of the poems so far but would, for a start, certainly recommend any from Time's Laughingstocks.
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