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Far from the Madding Crowd [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hardy
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Book Description

Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels.” Introducing the fictional name of “Wessex” to describe Hardy’s legendary countryside, this early masterpiece draws a vivid picture of rural life in southwest England.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1912 Wessex edition and features Hardy’s map of Wessex.


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Review

“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


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553213318
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 26, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EUGCU2
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A towering achievement of English literature May 24, 2002
Format:Paperback
This has to be my favorite of all Thomas Hardy's many classic works. "Far from the Madding Crowd" was published in 1874 when the novelist was 34 years old. It is one of the earliest works of English literature I can think of which has a fully rounded, fully independent, fully human female protagonist. Bathsheba Everdene runs a farm, is only semi-aware of her own extraordinary beauty, and is pursued by three very different men throughout the course of the book.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" may, in some sense, be the model for every cheapo drugstore romance novel ever written, but it is a classic for the very simple and very good reason that it transcends the genre it may have helped to start. Bathsheba's trials, in love and elsewhere, are completely realized, with terrific detail. Hardy has a powerful understanding of human nature and makes each of the characters both deep and broad, both simple and complex, both good and filled with fault. The result is a story with many characters, each of whom is as full-blooded and human as a reader could hope. It's a book which bears reading again and again, as each new reading shows the reader new detail and new depth not previously seen. A more three-dimensional character study may not exist in novel form--and the beauty of it is that all this terrific character examination is done against the backdrop of a wonderful plot as well. You really couldn't ask for a more richly satisfying novel.
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69 of 73 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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic treasure September 13, 2003
Format:Paperback
Forget the infamous "love triangle". 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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful story of the vagaries of human nature
In addition to Hardy's rich descriptions of his semi-fictional Wessex, with its traditional farm life and age-old social customs, he weaves a story of misplaced passions, impulsive... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! It was great to be challenged with ...
Loved it! It was great to be challenged with old English vocabulary! Descriptions were rich. The story line was fun! Read more
Published 3 days ago by crafty
3.0 out of 5 stars Just what you would expect
Classic but very slow read.
Published 4 days ago by MRS. M. GAIL ROMINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hardy never wrote a bad book. This simple
Thomas Hardy never wrote a bad book. This simple, heart warming, hugely amusing and occasionally sad love story asks to be read aloud to someone - or just to yourself.
Published 5 days ago by Cj Baehr
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
could never get interested in the book
Published 6 days ago by Sara Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Begin with this novel if you are new to Hardy!
I had not read this novel for 50 years! I enjoyed getting to know Bethsheba and her suitors. Far From the Madding Crowd is not as critical of society as are Hardy's other novels... Read more
Published 7 days ago by PW
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this classic work
I really enjoyed this classic work! Very descriptive so I could picture the setting. Now I'm going to watch two movie versions and look forward to the May 2015 release. Read more
Published 7 days ago by KES
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Classic
The choice of words, descriptions of the sky and the weather are extraordinary. It is no wondeer that this classic is so durable. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Susanne H. Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read.
Wonderfully written. Great love story.
Published 7 days ago by Barbara A Voth
3.0 out of 5 stars "Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness." Thomas Hardy
Bathsheba Everdene is a self-willed and independent young woman who inherits her uncle's farm. An assertive and confident nature in a woman is a novelty in the rural parish of... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Reader2307
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