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on 30 July 2017
Thomas Hardy as usual presents the reader with a terrific mix of deliciously flawed and complicated characters. While his prose can be on the weighty side, this is a cracking plot with more twists than a dance floor in Chubby Checker night. This was a free edition, so I shouldn't moan too much, but Chapter 20 notably ends mid-sentence and then Chapter 21 commences, requiring the reader to seek a chapter synopsis before continuing. This is a real shame and the reader loses some crucial plot development within the absent text, not to mention it is the first time two important characters meet, so we miss all the fun of their first interaction. I hope this can be ratified and a full version is available on Kindle because those four stars above this writing seen like they need a fifth so as to not leave them wanting.
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on 11 April 2017
Was a very compact, small print edition so I gave it to a younger friend with the eyesight required to read it - but you pay your money etc etc and I have had other great value deals for second hand books on here !
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on 17 August 2017
I've read this 4 times over the years. It would make a great film.
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on 17 June 2017
Thomas Hardy at his best.
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on 28 August 2017
Glad I read it
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on 23 July 2017
True classic and Hardy at his atmospheric peak. Characters sparklingly clear, and landscapes vivid. Tough reality of rural life laid bare.
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on 29 April 2016
Good to read something in the original 19c prose. A better dictionary i.e. English rather than American, than provided on by kindle would have helped with some of the forgotten words and phrases
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on 27 April 2017
A great novel that has unexpected twists and turns. Not as dark as some of Hardy's other novels. A good one to start with if you have not read any Hardy.
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on 19 July 2017
Good yarn.
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on 18 June 2012
The story is classic. The author is unparalleled. This edition is neat, pocket-size and tasteful, with gold edging to the pages. A nice present for the discerning.
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