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Return of the Native


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ISBN13: 9780140431223
ISBN10: 0140431225
Condition: Standard
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One of Hardy's classic statements about modern love, courtship, and marriage, The Return of the Native is set in the pastoral village of Egdon Heath. The fiery Eustacia Vye, wishing only for passionate love, believes that her escape from Egdon lies in her marriage to Clym Yeobright, the returning "native, " home from Paris and discontented with his work there. Clym wishes to remain in Egdon, however — a desire that sets him in opposition to his wife and brings them both to despair. Behind the narrative of The Return of the Native lie the tragic fates of Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Oedipus, and in writing the novel Hardy endowed his ordinary characters with the status of tragic heroes, seen especially in the ill-fated lovers and Damon Wildeve, who spoil their chances to master their own destinies. The Introduction and Notes featured in this new edition incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship on Thomas Hardy.

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tikabelle, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by tikabelle)
A lovely and lyrical novel, full of interesting foils and dichotomies. Hardy's prose is still as powerful as they day it flowed out of his pen, and this one has an outcome that surprised me.
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bibliobethica, September 10, 2006 (view all comments by bibliobethica)
A tragedy originally written in five books, however, with pressure from Thomas Hardy's editor and public, he added a sixth book for a happy ending. This book is classic English literature written in the 1850's when Hardy was in his late 30's. The five main characters engage in a love triange. The characters are developed in the first four chapters as well as the setting, Egdon Heath, which is just as important as the people that live there. If you can get through the first four chapters, you will love this novel. Hardy spends a page describing Eustacia's lips . . . just keep reading and enjoy great literature!
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Product Details

Woodcock, George
Penguin Classics
Slade, Tony
Woodcock, George
Hardy, Thomas
Harmondsworth, Eng. :
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
British and irish
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Edition Number:
A limited ed.
Series Volume:
no. 1-21
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Grade Level:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb

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