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Raven-haired hotty takes on Egdon Heath,
This review is from: The Return of the Native (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
Underneath the dense verbiage of the Hardy prose, lies a superb tale. The story of an exotic-looking maid, with the sort of mouth Hardy takes a page to describe. With her daddy coming from Corfu, she brings a raven-haired exotic beauty to the dower and sombre Egdon Heath. She's eaten up with a wanting and a yearning and she'll do anything and ruin any life to get what she wants. So this young vixen needs a man but she can't make her mind up. Her burning passion and love of drama fuel a self-destructive caprice. Blinded by her own narcissism and egotism. Karma? Nemesis? A deus ex machina dressed in red. A snake in the grass. She must escape. She must. Will she? Hardy's exquisitely constructed mechanism relentlessly ticks away, bringing her closer, closer to her fate. Amusing country yokels prividing comic relief.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2009 12:26:24 GMT
Gregory S. Buzwell says:
I'm not sure I entirely agree with all the comments above but describing Eustacia Vye as a 'raven-haired hotty' (which she absolutely is) is worth a tick in the 'helpful review' box in anyone's book. It's a fine novel - one of Hardy's best - and Eustacia is one of the most memorable women in Victorian fiction.
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