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Far from the Madding Crowd [Hardcover]

Thomas Hardy
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Book Description

Oct. 15 1991 Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics (Book 21)

Far From the Madding Crowd, published in 1874, is the book that made Hardy famous. 

Bathsheba Everdene is a prosperous farmer in Hardy’s fictional Wessex county whose strong-minded independence and vanity lead to disastrous consequences for her and the three very different men who pursue her: the obsessed farmer William Boldwood, dashing and seductive Sergeant Frank Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak.

Despite the violent ends of several of its major characters, Far from the Madding Crowd is the sunniest and least brooding of Hardy’s great novels, as Bathsheba and her suitors move through a beautifully realized late-nineteenth-century agrarian landscape that is still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life. With an introduction by Michael Slater


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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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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
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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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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 18 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
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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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