If you are thinking of visiting some of the beautiful locations featured in the work of Thomas Hardy, this is the book for you! Focusing on the Casterbridge stories ('The Mayor of Casterbridge' and 'Far From the Madding Crowd'), the author, Barry J. Cade, takes you step by step through every extant location featured in the novels. The layout (juxtaposing text and photograph) is perfect, and crucially the book is also very user-friendly in that it's light to carry around. The writing is informative, succinct and apposite; and for so slim a volume there's a feast of photographs to enjoy. If you are a fan of Thomas Hardy and are planning a visit to Dorset, I would strongly recommend that you purchase this wonderful book. I am greatly looking forward to buying the sequel, which the author tells us will focus on the Mellstock stories. I hope this promises to be a long series!
Wish we had had this really useful and interesting guide when we did our last Hardy Trip! Do make sure you have a copy next time you visit Dorset....it'll bring the whole experience to life from a literary perspective. Equally valuable for casual readers and Hardy aficianados. Producing this unusual book was clearly a labour of love.
Barry Cade has produced a remarkable booklet on Hardy's locations in and around Dorchester (Casterbridge). Clearly a labour of love, it provides a knowledgeable text and appropriate photographs to enable the reader to gain a clear insight into Hardy's stories and characters. Barry Cade's future illustrated booklets on Hardy's works are keenly awaited.
I read this cover to cover in one sitting - a little gem! This from someone who's not read Hardy for many years. The book interweaves Hardy's stories with the present by showing the locations today. Barry's conversational style, expert knowledge and enthusiasm make the book very accessible and a real pleasure to read. The book finishes with suggested walks around the area with commentary for each walk. Makes you want to go and do it!
This book succeeds on a number of levels. Hardy devotees could use it to confirm what they know about the literary settings of these two novels. To that end they are well served by this generously illustrated book. All photographs are in colour and are of very good quality. Equally, the book will be an ideal companion to those visiting 'Wessex'. It has the authority to lure "Hardy tourists" to the many locations identified by the photographs and the accompanying explanations. The map of Dorchester with suggested walks is useful to both readers and visitors alike. Equally of value is the Index which helpfully includes Hardy's fictitious names. A fine little book.
A superb guide to Thomas Hardy's locations. Really detailed and insightful descriptions to accompany all the photographs with a user-friendly map at the back of the booklet to help literary enthusiasts track down some of the novels' key locations. A must buy for any Hardy readers!