Review: Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy (1874)

Hardy’s tale of the beautiful and tragically independent young woman who alters the lives of three men threatens to veer into the realm of straight-up melodrama were it not for the beautiful way the story is told. Set in the English countryside, the book is rich in details of rural 19th-century life, characters are striking and memorable, and for this reader, it was a satisfying second foray into the world of Hardy’s literature.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Far From the Madding Crowd

  1. I was crazy about that book when I was in high school. Such a bookworm I was back then. I need to reread it. I remember a movie with Julie Christie in it that at the time I thought was so romantic. Wonder what I’d think of it now?!!

  2. This past year I reread two books I loved in college and was surprised by how much my opinion of them had changed. It made me realize how much experience and context play into how much I like or dislike a book, or a movie for that matter.

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