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on 7 January 2014
This is the very first Thomas Hardy book I have ever read. Although not his most famous work (or his best some would say), it has definitely given me the taste to go on and read more. If this is not his best work, as suggested, I can't wait to read some more.
Once you get by the unusual diction and arrangement of a 19th century classic, the story unfolds. It's one of innocence, young love, and simple propriety, which would seem absurd in today's society. It proceeds at a leisurely pace, until the characters encounter misunderstandings, suspense, doubt, betrayal, heartbreak, jealousy, until a very unexpected twist in the tale.
An excellent piece of literature and one I would certainly recommend.