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Two on a Tower (Penguin Classics) Paperback – July 1, 2000
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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About the Author
Patricia Ingham is a Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College, Oxford. She has written on the Victorian novel and on Hardy in particular. she is the General Editor of all of Hardy's fiction in the Penguin Classics and has edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.
Top Customer Reviews
Hardy had a gift of creating characters who are fascinating in their personalities and actions, and together with the environmental descriptions, reading his novels is just one step away from watching a really good movie of the story.
Of all Hardy's varied characters, I felt the most sympathy for the two on the tower. Viviette has a great need for love and is selfless in giving it. Swithin, a somewhat naive and literate scientist, is at the same time a tender and faithful lover. Of all Hardy's stories, I hoped that this one would somehow have that "happy ending", and I suffered uncounted times for both characters.
I highly recommend this book for emotional involvement, though it may tear you apart to read it!
I would also recommend another of Hardy's lesser known novels The Woodlanders, which I understand was his own favorite story, and remains mine also.
Hardy perhaps one of the better describers of setting of his time, shows once again, why books were so highly read back in his age.
Thomas once again delivered another great book of sadness, happiness, pregnancy and marriage. Although the story is mostly sad, it is still a great book, especially for those who have read previous Hardy books. A great read.
If I have one complaint, the characters apart from Constantine and Swithin aren't as well developed as a book like Far from the Madding crowd. Jan Coggan, the Maltster, and Laban Tall are one of the best parts of Far from the Madding Crowd, and that is missing from this book. The parson is developed, but he's not funny or lively. The bishop and Lady Constantine's brother play important parts in the book, but they have simple motivations and you never see inside them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much like "The Princess Bride", this novel has continuous mishaps and action when the lovers try to keep their marriage a secret. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John M. Smith
Yet another great Thomas Hardy novel, but less gloomy than usual for him. It has not the gravitas of Tess D'Uberville, The Mayor of Casterbridge, or Jude The Obscure, but is the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by bamboo
I can never miss with Thomas Hardy. His language stretches my brain. I had not read this one before. He also satisfies my romantic sensibilities. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen L.
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 on June 1, 2014 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 on May 19, 2014 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 on May 3, 2014 by Jamm253