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The Return of the Native Kindle Edition
|Length: 410 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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The title of the book comes from one of the main players 'Clym Yeobright' who has returned from Paris to Egdon Heath to live once more with his Mother and his cousin Thomasin.
The fly in the ointment and the ultimate doom of nearly all, is Eustacia Vye, a beautiful yet bored girl who lives with her Grandfather and hates Egdon Heath with a vengeance. Today I think she would probably be called a 'tart' and a 'man eater'.
This is a fairly long book but if you like Hardy's writing you won't be bored by it as it gives vivid descriptions of Egdon Heath, descriptions of the locals and all sorts of old fashioned customs. It is a bit like a social history of times gone by.
My favourite character is Diggory Venn the Reddleman who ultimately saves or tries to save everyone from themselves.
A true masterpiece of the writers art and highly recommended.
The real star of the book is the landscape. Hardy has wonderful powers of description, and Egdon Heath will probably live longer in my memory than the slightly underwhelming storyline. The heath is as lonely, unforgiving and impervious to change as the people who live there. Superstition thrives here, and dreams are smothered. The distance between the scattered cottages has a crucial bearing on how events unfold: it's a place where communication is difficult, so suspicion and misunderstanding grow like the furze.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a quite interesting book. The description of village life is quite interesting. The story is quite interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brainman60
This is one of Thomas Hardy's lesser known books. Although a good read, the story progresses slowly and needs a bit of perseverance to complete. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Kenneth Jones
I like Thomas Hardy and found this just a bit too descriptive at the start but stick with it, it's worth itPublished 8 months ago by Christine Adams