Well Beloved: 13 (Works of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse, Vol 13)
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Jocelyn Pierston is a renowned sculptor, on a quest to find his flawless muse to sculpt and his ideal soulmate and partner in life. This proves to be a lifetime search and both tales follow him at ages 20, 40 and 60 (59 in the 1892 series) in Dorset, London and Rome as his dream leads him into unsuccessful relationships with three generations of women from the Caro family, amongst others and to return more than once to his West Country roots. Without giving too much away, both novels are similar and have unexpected twists at the end.
I like this book because it's an unusual way of discussing a familiar theme. It also reveals that Hardy is more liberal in his thinking than you might have suspected and is one of several of his works that shocked the establishment when first printed. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to grapple with thought-provoking and stimulating literature. It's also good value at £1.89 if you buy it on Amazon.
I don't suppose I'll be taking Amazon to court for my 90p, but, if you want to see the text of the 1892 serialised version, this seems not to be the right edition to buy -- I don't know about the printed editions, but I don't intend to spend any more money finding out.)
I found it to be an easy read; the locations are kept to a minimum, the characters are always core to the plot and the aging and development of Jocelyn Pierston is credible. The fact that the women in the tale are also very well-drawn adds to the appeal.
It's not Hardy in classic territory - even though the landscape plays a considerable role - and the plot doesn't have any of the author's (often contrived, to my mind) endless twists and turns and strokes of misfortune but it is a lovely sketch of one man's unrealistic quest and the effect it has on both himself and the women around him. If you like Thomas Hardy, then I'd recommend this relatively short tale.