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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2012
This collection of 6 short stories is a great introduction to the major works of Thomas Hardy. It eases you into his way of writing so when you come to read his novels you'll undertand more of what he is about.

Two of the stories are somewhat alike in that they both contain a person who has a horrid job (can't say anymore otherwise it could be a spoiler). My favourite however, was The Withered Arm which is a bit like a horror story and is really quite frightening.........it certainly would have been thought of as such in Hardy's time I am sure.

A great book and I recommend it.
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on 12 December 2016
This is great illustration of Hardy's versatility even though only a few of the tales were memorable. It would make a great stocking filler as the stories are short and you can therefore pick it up and put it down again when you haven't got much time.
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on 28 April 2017
Never read any Thomas Hardy before but really enjoyed these short stories. Very old fashioned language of course but you get used to it after a bit. Very descriptive and a good history of country life.
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on 17 August 2017
Thomas Hardy can't be beaten for a good tale.
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on 31 August 2017
Excellent
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on 11 October 2017
He certainly earned his reputation with this one
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on 21 September 2017
Relaxing and intriguing. Loved it.
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on 10 April 2017
Thomas Hardy paints his usual detailed pictures of rural English life, with some interesting twists and turns in these short stories.
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on 22 December 2015
A great English writer.
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on 14 March 2012
Wessex Tales is a beautifully crafted series of short stories, typically not of the most joyful outcomes, but the grammar and vocabulary leaves modern novels shallow and simple. All the stories draw the reader into the heart of Hardy country and tells of small domestic incidents but also gives great insite into psychology and how this effects the characters so exquisitely woven by Hardy.

A good starter book for readers who have not been able to read Hardy in the past.
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