Far From the Madding Crowd

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Penguin UK, Apr 26, 2012 - Fiction - 496 pages
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With an essay by Ronald Blythe.

'I cannot allow any man to - to criticise my private conduct!' she exclaimed. 'Nor will I for a minute.'

Hardy's powerful novel of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men - respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel - making her the object of scandal and betrayal. Vividly portraying the superstitions and traditions of a small rural community, Far from the Madding Crowd shows the precarious position of a woman in a man's world.

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This is a love story, and there are five people who fall in love with someone. However, there were only two people who at last became happy, and others couldn’t be happy at all. I felt sorry for them, but anyway, it was good that Gabriel, a quite earnest became happy. Read full review

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Random's Modern Library is reproducing this Hardy standard as a tie-in to a Masterpiece Theater presentation and offering a quality hardcover for a reasonable price. Read full review

Contents

an Incident
the Flock an Interior another Interior
Conversation
the Visit the Mistake
a Pastoral Tragedy
the Journey the Fire
a Timid Girl
the Chat News
Snow a Meeting
a Rule an Exception
the Valentine
Sunrise
the Letter a Question
All Saints and All Souls
In the Marketplace
a Visit

a Visitor Halfconfidences
Inquiries
the Offer
Copyright

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Formerly a prize-winning architectural student, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) went on to become a prolific novelist and poet. Far From the Madding Crowd is the second of Hardy's great series of Wessex novels. The 'partly real, partly dream-country' of Wessex forms the compellingly beautiful and threatening background against which the struggles of passion so convincingly portrayed in Far From the Madding Crowd are illuminated.

Hardy's novels Under the Greenwood Tree, The Return of the Native, Two on a Tower, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure are also published in the Penguin English Library.

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