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Far from the Madding Crowd (Modern Library Classics)

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Pursued by three devoted suitors, Bathsheba Everdine, a beautiful farm owner, allows her passions to run wild. She chooses Seargeant Troy, a dashing and unscrupulous lout, and pays dearly for it. She drives poor Farmer Boldwood to the brink of insanity and beyond. And all along, patient and steady Gabriel Oak tends her sheep and manages her estate, scarcely dreaming that in the end, his friendship and loyalty will be amply rewarded.

As Virginia Woolf noted, "The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which, however fashion may chop and change, must hold its place among the great English novels."

About the Author

Margaret Drabble edited The Oxford Companion to English Literature and The Genius of Thomas Hardy. Her novels include The Waterfall and The Gates of Ivory, and, most recently, The Witch of Exmoor and The Peppered Moth. She lives in England.

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Unabridged Chick, October 13, 2011 (view all comments by Unabridged Chick)
I was pretty head-over-heels for this book after the first page but by the time our heroine Bathsheba Everdene appeared, my love was sealed. (How fabulous is that name?!)

There's a vaguely soap opera feel to the story, with the mix of rural drama (honestly, I had no idea there were so many ways sheep could die!) and a love pentagon (two women, three men) and yet, this isn't some fluffy pastoral farce. The romance in this book is hardly romantic: even the passionate points feel a bit grim, as we and the characters understand the implications of each overture and pass. Someone will be hurt, someone else buoyed, and one night makes all the difference in a life. The setting is described with poetic loveliness, but as we see with Farmer Oak's constantly imperiled sheep, rural life is hardly peaceful and bucolic. At times, it is nearly savage, and pretty, clever, fiery, passionate Bathsheba seems to be the personification of the lovely-yet-wild (and fickle!) landscape. She captivates, frightens, and mystifies the men around her, and despite her sometimes over-the-top emotional fits, she manages her own farm and her own courtships with savvy determination.

This book had it all: a heroine I loved, a story that captivated me, and writing that begs to be lingered over!
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bie, February 26, 2008 (view all comments by bie)
I was moved by both the simplicity and at the same time complexity of the plot. Most often, we look very far for things that we think will make us happy only to find out later on that it will not. We often ignore things that are familiar only to find out later on that said thing will make us not just happy but also fulfilled.

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glenda19, December 19, 2006 (view all comments by glenda19)
i like this novel
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375757976
Introduction:
Drabble, Margaret
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Drabble, Margaret
Introduction:
Drabble, Margaret
Author:
Hardy, Thomas, Defendant
Author:
Hardy, Thomas
Author:
Drabble, Margaret
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Women farmers
Subject:
Pastoral fiction.
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
Wessex
Subject:
Dorset
Subject:
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
2001
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
no. 29
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 1.1 in 0.95 lb

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