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Under the greenwood tree: or, the Mellstock quire ; a rural painting of the Dutch school
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Beautiful language, beautiful scenic descriptions, and excellent characterizations. In these respects, it is exactly what one expects from Thomas Hardy.
This book starts out slowing but does pick up in pace in the second part of the story. The first part of the book really just introduces you to the major players for the rest of the book. I found several parts of this book humorous - which is not like Hardy. This book is really a love story. Mr. Dewey is in love with Ms. Day but Mr. Day believes that Mr. Dewey is not good enough for his daughter. In fact, it is the other way around. Ms. Day likes to flirt and gets herself into a bind but only for a moment. As with most of Hardy's novels, fate plays a part in the outcome.
I found the writing to be very good. I do like the way that Hardy writes. I find that I read him slower than most authors because I like to savor the writing style. This book is not for those that like much action or tension. There is little of both but this really is a good story. However, with that being said, this book is for the die-hard Hardy fan. If you have not read Hardy, please start with his other major works - Far from the Madding Crowd is by far my favorite. If you have read Hardy's major novels and love his style of writing, then this book is worth the price - $0.00 on kindle.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this book! I've read it many times. It's one of Hardy's lighthearted novels.Published 1 month ago by SUSAN A
If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will enjoy this short, sweet novel. It is one of the few I have read by Hardy that ends happily. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AmazonCustomer
A lighter Hardy love story. It was made into an excellent movie.Published 15 months ago by Sandra Bennett
I thoroughly enjoyed this happy little romance. Not at all typically Thomas Hardy, this is light and fun. Read morePublished 23 months ago by sagebrushandsneezes
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.Published on April 20, 2014 by Marion L. Moore