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The Return of the Native by [Hardy, Thomas]
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About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Dorchester, Dorset. He enrolled as a student in King s College, London, but never felt at ease there, seeing himself as socially inferior. This preoccupation with society, particularly the declining rural society, featured heavily in Hardy s novels, with many of his stories set in the fictional county of Wessex. Since his death in 1928, Hardy has been recognised as a significant poet, influencing The Movement poets in the 1950s and 1960s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1535091592
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084AS9TM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,344 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 July 2012
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Nobody knows how to write a love story quite like Hardy did.

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.
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This was a book the like of which I had not read before. Whilst I did find it quite hard to read because of the language, by the time I had read halfway through the book I did find it difficult to put down. The final thought was that it was worth the effort.
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Compared with The Mayor of Casterbridge and Far from the Madding Crowd The Return of the Native wasn't as compelling a read. But it portrays Miss Eustacia Vye as unbelievably snobbish, conceited and self centred. The author of her own misfortune, she sees it all as the fault or malign intent of others. All the Thomas Hardy flair for ill-fortune, suffering and tragedy is present.
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Having read all of Hardy's most popular books before this, it was on the list. However it takes a while to get going and the early part of the book is heavy on Hardys attempts (although successful) to describe in often laborious detail the scene of the countryside surrounding the plot. Once you stick with it, the main players are introduced and the twists and turns are woven, and not surprisingly untangled again. Well worth it to add to the fuller collection of his work but falls a little short of the brilliance of Mayor of Casterbridge or Far From The Madding Crowd.
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I was recommended this book by a work colleague. At first I was going to stop reading as this book is a long burner, meaning that the first half of the book is setting the seen and introducing the characters to the reader. The second half is where the action starts and then the story unfolds. I can say I enjoyed this book, but I did not love it. Far from the maddening crowd was much better.
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I chose this book to read to somebody who is older than myself, knowing that it would not have any over descriptive adult themes which would have been embarrassing - and I was correct. My first Thomas Hardy. I am trying an odd alleged classic book of all time every few months or so. If you are interested in reading what all the supposedly marvellous critics put forward as the great novels try Emma by Jane Austen before reading The Return of the Native. I am sure you will see what I mean. Emma is far superior, and an easier read, I always enjoy reading Emma. The Return of the Native is a bit long but I suppose once you get used to his style they get easier. Some people say his descriptions actually place you in the location, but I felt it was a bit blurred and long winded. Gosh am sounding a bit long winded myself now. To me it was pretty obvious who would end up with who at the beginning. Don't be put off though. I will try more Hardy - but would not read this again. A lot of people making silly mistakes and silly choices. Like an upmarket TV soap opera. But well written. And of course the download was free, which helped.
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A tale of doomed lovers set in brooding heathland, though fans of Wuthering Heights may find this a little underheated. The characters are often quite hesitant, and never actually betray each other as much as expected. Instead, their fate is governed by the corrosive power of suspicion.

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.
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You have to be a 'Hardy' fan to appreciate his rather archaic writing style. He always manages to take the reader back to a time that has long gone. However, with books such as this one they will never be forgotten.
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