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Delphi Complete Works of Thomas Hardy (Illustrated) by [Hardy, Thomas]
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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This is the latest (May 2011) edition of Thomas Hardy's writing and has the great advantage of including his complete poems. The poems are navigable in a number of ways being listed individually under each volume that Hardy published but also having searchable chronological and alphabetical lists. Actually the alphabetical list has some oddness in its set up but it is useable. The poems are well formatted except for not having any stanza divisions.
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.
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well set out and very complete
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The Delphi series is excellent
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This complete works collection has a fully navigable and sortable table of contents. It contains all the poems, short stories and novels written by Hardy, some of which have introductory notes from the author himself.

Great value if you want all the Hardy novels in one place!
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This is, of course, a huge collection that would take up a few shelves of your bookcase if you had it in print form, so I can't testify to every page but I am impressed with the overall package. I have looked up a few favourite passages in the novels and many of the poems and all were fine. Here are all the novels, all the short stories and all the poems each with their own contents list which makes it easy to navigate. And in addition several books of criticism and biographies. I also love the many illustrations which really make this such an attractive collection and shows a level of care in the production from Delphi Classics which you don't always get with an ebook. It's a nice surprise to click on a poetry collection and meet a photo of Thomas Hardy posing with his bicycle and his trousers tucked in his socks as if he had been waiting for you all along! Nice touch. Highly recommended.
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I. Proctor reviewed this a couple of years back with the complaint (I'm paraphrasing - please check his/her review ) that there was no table of chapters for individual novels (the "great" novels), and therefore you couldn't navigate to individual chapters.
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.
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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...
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It was interesting to find in this collection that Hardy's perception of character is still - if not more - penetrating than it was in his Far From the Madding Crowd which was among my first acquaintances with his work. Although the style is, sometimes, as florid as his period reflects, it is still candid and never gives way to false sentiment; so that it can be said to be uniquely Hardian/Hardyesque ( according to which of the two attempted murders of his surname can be forgiven).

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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