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Subtly chronicling the cruel twists and turns of human fate, Fellow-Townsmen exemplifies Hardy’s enduring perfection of his literary craft—and the artistic brilliance of his passionate portrayal of the trials of the human heart. Barnet and Downe are old and good friends in the Wessex town of Port Bredy—yet fate has treated them differently. Barnet, a prosperous man, has be ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Hesperus Press
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Found this in the clearance area & scooped it up at once. I've only listened to a BBC radio version of Tess of the d'Urbervilles and after seeing how long that book is, I figured I could start with something a little shorter to make sure I like Hardy. Though it's short, this story is quickly engrossing. Plus, the main character is Barnet. So, really, how could I pass this up?
Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his facination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates char ...moreMore about Thomas Hardy...