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Under the greenwood tree or The mellstock quire: a rural painting of the dutch school Hardcover – April 4, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1117955049 ISBN-10: 1117955044

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (April 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1117955044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1117955049
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,180,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adriana in Los Angeles on October 25, 2011
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This was a fun, lighthearted story, not at all what one expects from Thomas Hardy! There is very little in the way of tension or drama, which is probably the main reason this is not listed among his great works. If you're looking for a good, clean romance, look no further.

Beautiful language, beautiful scenic descriptions, and excellent characterizations. In these respects, it is exactly what one expects from Thomas Hardy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on January 17, 2013
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For me this is one of the best of Hardy.
i love this short book. It's a great quick read about a girl who longs for the young and handsome boy, but sometimes gets lost in her own wishes. If I were Dick, i wouldn't tolerate her behavior, but the poor boy was so much in love.
Even thinking about this book makes me smile.
A sweet, cute little story. Definitely deserves the time.
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Under the Greenwood Tree came to my attention via Netflix. Because I watched a certain period film (can't remember which), Netflix conveniently listed some related titles, and I chose one with little conscious direction.
Under the Greenwood Tree as a movie turned out to be mostly slow-paced, but cute, quaint, and romantic. Dickens, Bronte, and Eliot it is not; I'd venture to say it's even more fluffy than Austen. Still, it piqued my curiosity to discover that it was originally a classic novel by Thomas Hardy, known more for his tragedies than his pastoral romances. I borrowed the book from my local library to see how closely the film followed the original story (as I am wont to do).

With regard to the church choir story arch, it holds quite close. There are a few details left out, and one or two misadventures added, which I've come to expect from adaptations, that, had they been left it, would have turned a casual stroll of a movie into a dragging miniseries.
Short version: The Millstock country choir is being replaced by a harmonium (mini organ) at the behest of the new parson, Mr. Arthur Maybold. Some of the older members seem to acquiesce to the transition, but the younger members view it as an intrusion on their personal rights. In the movie, a plot unfolds to subvert the harmonium's installation, which has unfortunate consequences, while in the book, the transition progresses without a hitch.

The Richard (Dick) Dewy and Fancy Day romance story arch, however, has vast discrepancies, most notably in both character development and plot events.
Dick Dewy (played by James Murray) is portrayed accurately enough, being both handsome and often silly, but Fancy in the movie (played by Keeley Hawes) is given much more credit than her novel counterpart.
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By Marion L. Moore on April 20, 2014
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But hardly up to Hardy. It wasn't the best from Hardy, but once you get past the first book, it picks up speed in interest.
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If you've been ready "heavy" works lately, try this one for some gentle mental relief. Try to step back in time and love the village elders' dialogue written in vernacular and who could be the cast of any PBS British comedy set in rural Victorian times. The plot not close to complex as to be incomprehensible, suspense is not missing, and the conclusion...well, try Hardy; you'll like him.
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By KHJB on November 14, 2013
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Thomas Hardy had the skill to exemplify and illustrate a life long gone but fascinating to us in the present. UPS is the tranter to us all!
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By John on August 4, 2013
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This isn't Hardy's masterpiece but it's a very good introduction before diving into his more complex works. Great bucolic setting, colorful characters and country dialogue. Give it a read before moving on to Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess, Return of the Native.
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