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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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Having read Fellow-Townsmen, I have read all of Hardy's major fiction save The Return of the Native. (I have also read almost all of his poetry.) To my mind Hardy is surpassed only by Charles Dickens as the greatest 19th century English novelist, and I don't make that statement lightly, being a huge fan of Austen and Trollope as well.
Hardy's fiction, so atmospheric, haunted, and tragic, is at the same time vital, rich, beautiful, and profound.
It is always a deep pleasure to pick up a Hardy nove
Tim Caines
Wonderful, as is Hardy always!
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?
What a magnificent little book! I am actually quite disappointed that it is so short, as I would have loved to immerse myself a little more in the story and the characters' lives! Oh, well.
Stacie Lindsey
Classic. Never judge in a hasty fashion, you may not be extended the opportunity to change your opinion.
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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 ...more
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