- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853260673
- ISBN-13: 978-1853260674
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 827 customer reviews
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Far from the Madding Crowd (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Aug 1993
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Far from the Madding Crowd is the first of Thomas Hardy's great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note for which his fiction is best remembered. --Margaret Drabble
With introduction and notes by Norman Vance, Professor of English, University of Sussex, "Far from the Madding Crowd" is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love. It tells of the dashing Sergeant Troy whose rakish philosophy of life was '...the past was yesterday; never, the day after'. And lastly, of the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love fills him with '...a fearful sense of exposure', when he first sets eyes on Bathsheba. The background of this tale is the Wessex countryside in all its moods.See all Product description
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The cover is, in my personal opinion, beautifully presented, as is also the case with 'Tess of the d' Urbervilles,' also a Wordsworth Classics edition, which was purchased at the same time. Both are compact editions and were reasonably priced.
These two books represent my personal favourites of Thomas Hardy's works and I have read them many times over the years. They were purchased as gifts for my father-in-law, who at ninety years of age is discovering Thomas Hardy for the first time and enjoying the experience.
With regard to the actual book itself, this edition has a beautiful cover design by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
A further contrast with Dickens lies in Hardy's liberal use of biblical and classical references which immediately give his writing a more scholarly tone and arguably a little more esoteric to the secular twenty first century reader. Many of the biblical references are used in an ironic context and in juxtaposition to the rural superstitions held and expressed by many of the central characters. This particular edition is furnished with excellent explanatory notes to assist the reader who is less familiar with the classics or the Bible.
Underneath the apparent serenity of bucolic life, Hardy brilliantly creates an undercurrent of unrest and danger represented by the self destructive temptation of clover to the sheep and that of the femme fatale figure of Bathsheba Everdene to the tranquility of the minds of three of the leading male figures in Weatherbury.
Through the competing attentions of Oak, Boldwood and Troy, Hardy brilliantly explores the theme of male pride, ego and rejection. Like Wuthering Heights, this is an equally powerful study of passion and desire and their ability to corrupt, corrode and mould the human condition.
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