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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (April 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141439653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439655
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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“Far from the Madding Crowd is the first of Thomas Hardy’s great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note
for which his fiction is best remembered.”
-Margaret Drabble

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By book yeti on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book yeti on March 3 2004
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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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By Brett H HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 5 2013
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I thought this reading of Thomas Hardy's classic by Nathaniel Parker was extremely well delivered and quite rivetting. This is, perhaps, one of Hardy's `lighter' novels. The young Bathsheba Everdene has some luck in inheriting an estate from a distant relative - not just any old estate, but the largest in the area of Wetherby. Being young, fair and rich she soon finds herself being pursued by three would be suitors - a handsome sergeant, another local landowner and her former admirer, Gabriel Oak whom, when he was a man of means and she penniless, she refused. Mayhem ensues and some sad tragedies befall Wetherby before Bathsheba becomes older and wiser.

It is never just the main story line with a Hardy novel. It is really all about the fascinating rural life of the area he styles `Wessex' which was already beginning to change and vanish as he was writing this novel. There is always the underlying hardship which accompanies the seasons and the idyll.

All of this Nathaniel Parker captures and encapsulates beautifully in his reading. He has a soft, undulating voice which is well suited to the text and he is able to adapt so that it is like listening to a play as he is able to intone to suit the words of Bathsheba, Gabriel or even a stammering peasant! As a narrator he really captures and holds your interest and you quickly find yourself mentally in nineteenth century Wessex. Highly recommended!
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By josh on March 4 2004
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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