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Of all Hardy's varied characters, I felt the most sympathy for the two on the tower.
Fans inevitably come to terms with this, but he arguably simply goes too far here, especially as he does not take as much trouble to justify it as usual.
I personally can never get enough of Hardy and highly recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed his better known works.
Thomas Hardy's writing is always evocative of atmosphere and filled with meaningful symbolism. This tragic novel is no exception and once again fictional rural Wessex and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. J. Marsella
I just love anything Thomas Hardy writes. This book is not of the caliber of Tess or Jude, yet still better than most literature of the period. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Harmony
This was definitely not one of Hardy's best. One of Hardy's favorite themes was exploring the social roles of women. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adriana in Los Angeles
Hardy captures the angst of the social constraints of the time period and how far people had to go to make their lives look right to others. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jamm253
I enjoyed this book very much, but was a bit disappointed with the ending. One of my favorite Hardy books.Published 14 months ago by James E. Helm
This just wasn't up to Hardy's standards in my mind. Boring and trite, but still readable. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.Published 18 months ago by Judy Adams
Very different plot. So Victorian in nature with all that politeness and following rules to the T. A again....sad ending.Published 21 months ago by Anne G. Wynkoop