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Under the greenwood tree: or, the Mellstock quire ; a rural painting of the Dutch school

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ISBN-13: 978-1172413027
ISBN-10: 1172413029
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Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1172413029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1172413027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,892,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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If you have seen my reviews on Hardy's works up to this point, you will know that I am a fan of his. One of my all time favorite classics is Far from the Madding Crowd. I have read most of his famous novels and really like all of them. I even very much enjoyed "A Pair of Blue Eyes" and "The Woodlanders." I was hoping for another great hit with this book. However, it was not meant to be. With that being said, I did enjoy this book. It is short and easy to understand.

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.

Enjoy.
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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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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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I have to admit I'm a little biased, but I just love Thomas Hardy. I feel transported back in time when I read his material. He also give a vivid account of what would appear to be a much simpler time, which really isn't. There's a patience in his characters that rarely exist in the real world, in modern times. Can't wait to read more of his work.
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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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Many of the things I liked in "Far from the Madding Crowd" are here -- the scenes, the descriptions of nature, the flavorful cast of characters, the turns of plot. But it is less well done, and the characters have a weaker sense of right and wrong. The idea of being "good enough for" or "too good for" (someone) is worth noticing.
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