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A tragic love story.
on 26 July 2012
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.