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Feb. 25 2003 0141439653 978-0141439655 Reissue
"Far from the Madding Crowd" was Thomas Hardy's first major literary success, and it edited with an introduction and notes by Rosemarie Morgan and Shannon Russell in "Penguin Classics". Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in the fictional county of Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships. This edition, based on Hardy's original 1874 manuscript, is the complete novel he never saw published, and restores its full candour and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan's introduction discusses the history of its publication, and the Biblical and Classical allusions that permeate the novel. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), born Higher Brockhampton, near Dorchester, originally trained as an architect before earning his living as a writer. Though he saw himself primarily as a poet, Hardy was the author of some of the late eighteenth century's major novels: "The Mayor of Casterbridge" (1886), "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1891), "Far from the Madding Crowd" (1874), and "Jude the Obscure" (1895). Amidst the controversy caused by "Jude the Obscure", he turned to the poetry he had been writing all his life. In the next thirty years he published over nine hundred poems and his epic drama in verse, "The Dynasts". If you enjoyed "Far from the Madding Crowd", you might also like Elizabeth Gaskell's "Mary Barton". "Wonderful...a landscape which satisfies every stir of the imagination and which ravishes the senses". (Ronald Blythe).

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"Vital, passionate, spirited -- from the moment Bathsheba appears she is beguiling. You can denounce her faults -- she's selfish and capricious -- but it's hard not to admire her determined independence."
--Independent

"Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd is the most romantic book I have ever read. I love the line where he says: 'Whenever you look up, there I shall be -- and whenever I look up there will be you.' It is very simple and understated, but also incredibly romantic."
--Liz Jensen, Independent --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread, till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to mere chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the infamous "love triangle"... March 3 2004
Format:Paperback
In Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy introduces us to the precarious "love square". At the core of all the turmoil is beautiful farm girl, Bathsheba Everdene - spirited, vain, intelligent and adept at toying with the hearts of men. Inevitably beguiled by her charms a humble and kind farmer, Gabriel Oak, fervently attempts to win Bathsheba's affections. Enter the competition: (suitor#2) Farmer Boldwood - a wealthy and temperate middle-aged man respected in the community, eventually plunges into maniacal obsession at the mere possibility of making the beloved Miss Everdene his wife; and (suitor#3) Sergeant Francis Troy - a dashing young philandering soldier, with his share of inner demons, ruthlessness and vanity, vies for Bathsheba's hand in marriage. Bathsheba's ultimate decision, and the cataclysm it evokes, lies at the epicenter of Hardy's unforgettable ambivalent story.
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy's fourth novel, saw publication in 1874 and earned him widespread popularity as a writer. A delicately woven tale of unrequited love and regret, set in the mid-19th century, Far From the Madding Crowd is a masterpiece of pure story-telling. Hardy's classic style is a pleasure to read as he masterfully brings his characters and their dealings to life. I would not hesitate to say it definitely captured my heart as another favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the infamous "love triangle"... March 3 2004
Format:Hardcover
In Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy introduces us to the precarious "love square". At the core of all the turmoil is beautiful farm girl, Bathsheba Everdene - spirited, vain, intelligent and adept at toying with the hearts of men. Inevitably beguiled by her charms a humble and kind farmer, Gabriel Oak, fervently attempts to win Bathsheba's affections. Enter the competition: (suitor#2) Farmer Boldwood - a wealthy and temperate middle-aged man respected in the community, eventually plunges into maniacal obsession at the mere possibility of making the beloved Miss Everdene his wife; and (suitor#3) Sergeant Francis Troy - a dashing young philandering soldier, with his share of inner demons, ruthlessness and vanity, vies for Bathsheba's hand in marriage. Bathsheba's ultimate decision, and the cataclysm it evokes, lies at the epicenter of Hardy's unforgettable ambivalent story.
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy's fourth novel, saw publication in 1874 and earned him widespread popularity as a writer. A delicately woven tale of unrequited love and regret, set in the mid-19th century, Far From the Madding Crowd is a masterpiece of pure story-telling. Hardy's classic style is a pleasure to read as he masterfully brings his characters and their dealings to life. I would not hesitate to say it definitely captured my heart as another favourite.
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3.0 out of 5 stars far from the madding crowd March 4 2004
By josh
Format:Paperback
This book "Far from the Madding Crowd" starts off pretty slow with a girl "Bathsheba Everdene" that is described to be a fairly goodlooking lady that meets a man who was Gabrial oak. The whole thing starts when Miss. Everdene saves Gabrial's life one night. Then Gabrial asks Everdene to marry him, but of course she says no because why does she want to get married. Everdene doesn't love Gabrial and that was her main reason why she wasn't going to get married to him. Gabriel continues on and shortly after on his farm loses his sheep. This caused him to be forced out of farming. Gabrial not knowing what else to do he goes and looks for another job and winds up in Weatherbury. There he is hired as a shepherd to Bathsheba.
From here on out to almost the end of the story is pretty much where i noticed that it seems like there could of been alot cut out to kind of get right to the point but i guese some of it was needed. I though this cause the next major event didnt happen till like the near end. Then it goes it where Gabrial helps Bathsheba out wit the farm different sorts of things on the farm and she begins to notice her neighbor. Her neighbor is Mr. Boldwood. She starts to get so interested into him that she sends him a valentines card and he gets so excited but he is a guy that was chased after by many of the ladies becuase of his wealth. Mr. Boldwood soon later asks if she will marry him and just like before she refuses because she says she doesn't love him. Then later on the same day that she was asked to be married she meets a man named Troy. What she doesnt know about him though is that he had just got a girl pregnant and was just about to marrie her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the infamous "love triangle"... March 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
In Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy introduces us to the precarious "love square". At the core of all the turmoil is beautiful farm girl, Bathsheba Everdene - spirited, vain, intelligent and adept at toying with the hearts of men. Inevitably beguiled by her charms a humble and kind farmer, Gabriel Oak, fervently attempts to win Bathsheba's affections. Enter the competition: (suitor#2) Farmer Boldwood - a wealthy and temperate middle-aged man respected in the community, eventually plunges into maniacal obsession at the mere possibility of making the beloved Miss Everdene his wife; and (suitor#3) Sergeant Francis Troy - a dashing young philandering soldier, with his share of inner demons, ruthlessness and vanity, vies for Bathsheba's hand in marriage. Bathsheba's ultimate decision, and the cataclysm it evokes, lies at the epicenter of Hardy's unforgettable ambivalent story.
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy's fourth novel, saw publication in 1874 and earned him widespread popularity as a writer. A delicately woven tale of unrequited love and regret, set in the mid-19th century, Far From the Madding Crowd is a masterpiece of pure story-telling. Hardy's classic style is a pleasure to read as he masterfully brings his characters and their dealings to life. I would not hesitate to say it definitely captured my heart as another favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
A great old Victorian Gothic romance well worth the read with all the tradgedy and triumph of that period in time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jackie Livedotte Ohlsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Far From the Madding Crowd read by Nathaniel Parker
I have listened to this audiobook and highly, highly recommend it! Mr. Parker is an amazing and prodigiously talented voice artist, and it's almost unbelievable how he creates the... Read more
Published on March 19 2010 by A. Swnb
5.0 out of 5 stars a very readable classic
While I was reading this book I forgot about the modern world and was totally immersed in a world of farming in the early 19th century. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2009 by L. L. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Far From Ordinary
Hardy is not my favorite author by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a work of beauty. Unlike other Victorian works (like those of Jane), "Far From the Madding... Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by NorthofCB
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the infamous "love triangle"...
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Published on March 3 2004 by book yeti
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and wooly in Wessex
Few literary settings are more distinctive than Thomas Hardy's Wessex, a hilly, chalky, bucolic quilt of pastures and villages occupying the southwest of England, its residents... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by A.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic treasure
Forget the infamous "love triangle". In Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy introduces us to the precarious "love square". Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by bookyeti
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but rewarding
This book was a required read for Academic Decathalon but I was handed the cliff notes and told to study them if I didn't have time to read the book. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by Megan McKinney
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely language but long
I read this novel when I was living in Japan. There were no English books avaliable where I was living but a motley collection of classics in the local library. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by A. J. Bennet
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