- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reprint edition (March 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553212699
- ISBN-13: 978-0553212693
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 190 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Return of the Native (Bantam Classics) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1982
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"This is the quality Hardy shares with the great writers...this setting behind the small action the terrific action of unfathomed nature."—D. H. Lawrence
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This fine novel sets in opposition two of Thomas Hardy's most unforgettable creations: his heroine, the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye, and the solemn, majestic stretch of upland in Dorsetshire he called Egdon Heath. The famous opening reveals the haunting power of that dark, forbidding moon where proud Eustacia fervently awaits a clandestine meeting with her lover, Damon Wildeve. But Eustacia's dreams of escape are not to be realized--neither Wildeve nor the returning native Clym Yeobright can bring her salvation. Injured by forces beyond their control, Hardy's characters struggle vainly in the net of destiny. In the end, only the face of the lonely heath remains untouched by fate in this masterpiece of tragic passion, a tale that perfectly epitomizes the author's own unique and melancholy genius.
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A well-written story with some powerful messages. Hard for this version to stand out in such a crowded field including those both illustrated and as made part of compilations like , but does have an active table of contents going for it. Give it a read!
His most popular novels deal with matters of love, hard work and the forced honesty of the inhabitants of Hardy's world in South West England. Hardy is a master of plot and well defined characters, who for the most part are not from the English nobility, they are working people who nevertheless encounter many of the same problems in life as the rich, maybe even more because of their lower station. Usually, he depicts strong-willed women who battle the prejudices of their era, sometimes they triumph, others times they lose. All in all, it's hard to put down a novel one is reading because every page has an immediacy that pulls you on to the next page, and the next until you find yourself at the end of the book.
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Great story, terrible format.