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Far From The Madding Crowd [Paperback]

Thomas Hardy
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June 17, 2004 1419119281 978-1419119286
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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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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"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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419119281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419119286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far From the Madding Crowd - An Honestly Good Story December 2, 1999
Format:Paperback
Far From the Madding Crowd is a wonderful story about an honest and good man. This man is Gabriel Oak, a small time shepherd trying to gain his independance as a farmer. In his quest for independance he meets Bathsheba Everdene, a very pretty young woman, and falls instantly in love. On a whim he goes and askes Miss Everdene for her hand in marriage, eventhough he has barely known her for a week. She rejects farmer Oak's proposal. The next week Batsheba moves away to a far away town. Eventhough he is rejected by Miss Everdene he vows that he will always love her, and being the honest man that he is Oak did exactly that. Not long after Miss Everdene's rejection Oak finds himself in financial ruin. A young, inexperienced sheep dog that farmer Oak owns, carelessly chases all two hundred of Oak's sheep off of a cliff killing them. After this devestating blow Oak sells everything that he owns and moves away in search of new work. On the road to finding new work Oak happenes upon a small structure that is on fire. Oak immeaditly jumps into action to help save the surrounding structures from also burning to the ground. After he has accomplished this good deed Oak Finds out that the owner of the buildings he has just saved is no other than Miss Bathsheba Everdene. He also finds out that she is now the mistress of a large estate on which these buildings are located. In his desperate situation he askes Miss Everdene if she would like to hire a shepherd and out of her thankfulness she gives Oak a job. Oak continues to work for Miss Everdene through good times and bad, he is very faithful to her. Even after Miss Everdene marries a man that is less than good Oak's good nature and love for Miss Everdene forces him to stay by her side. Read more ›
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forces of Nature July 9, 2006
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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, the first of Thomas Hardy's 'Wessex' novels, tells the story of a small troupe of farmers and their workers in a sheep-farming community in the fictitious county of 'Wessex'.

Gabriel Oak has been a shepherd since his teenage years, as his father was before him, but he's moved up and purchased, on credit, his own farm. The work is hard, but he is confident that he will succeed, and takes pride in being his own man. Then one day, a new woman arrives in town. Bathsheeba Everdene is beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, but incurably vain; Farmer Oak falls in love with her immediately. A few months later, he proposes, and is utterly rejected. Bathsheeba moves on to care for her dying uncle, and take over his farm. Gabriel continues farming - until tragedy strikes.

He and Bathsheeba will cross paths again, this time not as lovers, but as mistress and servant. Bathsheeba's beauty, vanity and impetuousness leave a trail of carnage in her wake, and Gabriel can only watch on as lives are destroyed, farms are ruined, and his own heart is crushed repeatedly.

Hardy is famous for his fatalism, and this is displayed no more than in the character of Bathsheba Everdene. She is not an evil person, as the above summary would suggest - but her stunning beauty and fierce intelligence combine with her vanity and impulsivity to create something like a force of nature, and though she means only good she seems to be able to do nothing but wrong by those who care for her. She has no more control over her nature than she does over the weather.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and wooly in Wessex October 30, 2003
By A.J.
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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 sworn to the immutable cultural traditions of centuries long past. But it is not the goal of "Far from the Madding Crowd" to be merely a sentimental portrait of a region for which Hardy has a great affection, but a grandiose drama about the eventual union of a man and the woman he loves. In summary, Hardy does accede to a Happily Ever After ending, but how he gets to this point is why his novel deserves to be read.
It's not surprising that the novel was originally attributed to George Eliot because the protagonist, Gabriel Oak, as the novel's moral anchor, is very similar in character to Eliot's Adam Bede. Oak is trying to make a living on his own as a farmer, but a stroke of bad luck compels him to take a job as a shepherd for a beautiful young woman named Bathsheba Everdene who has recently inherited her uncle's farm and commands a large number of workers and servants. Oak iconically personifies the rustic setting, not only because of his surname but because of the intimacy with which he communes with nature, and his fondness for playing the flute seems designed to evoke an image of Pan.
Oak has an awkward history with Bathsheba -- he had known her before her windfall, but in her independent spirit she spurned his love. As the head of Weatherbury farm, however, she can't get by on her independence alone, and she needs Oak's expertise in ensuring her sheep are healthy and fit for wool production. Her romantic attention turns toward a profligate soldier named Francis Troy who, through an unlikely error, has just barely avoided wedding Fanny Robin, one of the Weatherbury servants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love Thomas Hardy.
I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Thomas Hardy. His writing is so thought provoking, and I found myself pondering over many of the passages in this novel. Read more
Published 11 days ago by K. Spangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Agrarian Britain at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution
There are number of very good reviews of this `classic' novel. I believe the other reviewers have given a good plot overview. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sussman
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hardy
This story completely transforms you back to the 1800's. The language used is fascinating. A good read for a first time reader of Hardy.
Published 1 month ago by BARBARA CRAWFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous:
One of Thomas Hardy's plucky heroines, a Miss Everdene, does that sound familiar? But he wrote this a long time ago, and Bathsheba has stumbled into a drama of quite another kind,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic text plus references and literary materials
All the literary references explained (religious, mythological, quotation from other writers) plus critical materials dating from the novel's publication in 1874 to the present in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara L. Leuthner
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless old love story set in beautiful English countryside
I gave it 4 stars because the intricacies of interactions and feelings between people were layered like fascinating tapestries. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy McHopper
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE AND HEAT
A GREAT READ. A LESSON IN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEAT AND REAL LOVE.

Beautifully written - once of the best English Classics I've had the pleasure to read.
Published 2 months ago by CHARLES TOLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be intimidated by Hardy!
I admit I was intimidated by Thomas Hardy for years and so I never bothered to read any of his books until now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story; great edition.
One of the best of Thomas Hardy. This edition does it justice. And, of course, you cannot beat the price.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Meeker
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hardy -- what more can be said?
Portrait of an era, a social environment, rustic rural life. Characters true to their milieu yet unique in their personalities and choices.
Published 5 months ago by Cantautori M.
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