Far From The Madding Crowd

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
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She was the young woman of the night before. Gabriel instantly thought of the hat she had mentioned as having lost in the wind; possibly she had come to look for it. He hastily scanned the ditch and after walking about ten yards along it found the hat among the leaves. Gabriel took it in his hand and returned to his hut. Here he ensconced himself, and peeped through the loophole in the direction of the rider's approach.

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Exquisite love story. - Goodreads
The plot is, of course, absurd. - Goodreads
This is actually a happy ending! - Goodreads
Thomas Hardy is such an amazing writer. - Goodreads
The ending most abrupt. - Goodreads
Hardy has great character development. - Goodreads

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Wow! A book I had a hard time putting down. The narrative was compelling, centering on ideas of love, guilt, foolishness, sins and the sorrow they bring upon us. "When a rake gambles away his ... Read full review

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I listened to this on audio, and wow, was it a LONG listen. Not because the book was long so much as because so much of it was just plain boring. The author is very, very descriptive about everything ... Read full review

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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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