Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth-century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements. In The Trumpet Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors during the Napoleonic wars, he explores the subversive effects of ordinary human desire and conflicting loyalties on systematized versions of history. This edition...more
I would agree with the fact that Anne, the heroine of the book is the least likeable of Hardy's. I couldn't sympathize with her actions and her course left me angry and frustrated.
Because of this, I don't know that I would ever re-read this book.
However, The Trumpet Major has some of the most lively and interesting characters of Hardy's creation as well. I absolutely loved Uncle Benji who almost seemed to have stepped out of a Dic...more
historical fic (believe this is the only foray into hist-fic that Mr Hardy made)
Unabridged; 10.7 hours; read by Simon Vance.
blurb - Anne Garland, who lives with her widowed mother in a mill owned by Miller Loveday, has three suitors: the local squire's nephew Festus and the miller's two sons, Robert and John. While Festus' aggressive pursuit deters the young woman from considering him as a husband, the indecisive Anne wavers between light-hearted Bob and gentle,...more
There are 3 sides to the book all of which take prominence at various times and result in the disjointed or uneasy feel.
The part that most readers would focus on is the romance 'quadr...more
Anne is unlike other 'Hardy Girls' and Hardy is unlike himself in this story. He more interested in the military maneuvers during the Napoleonic wars than he is...more
Suffice to say that 'The Trumpet Major' occupies an almost unique slot in the Hardy 'repertoire' in that, unlike many of his works (such as 'Jude', Far From The Madding Crowd and 'Te...more
Incidently, the French, (led by an Irish American called Tate but not including Bony) did invade Britain at this time - further round the coast...more
The conversion seemed fine to me. There were no new pages between chapters but it made no difference to my reading experience and I didn't notice any significant typos.
The story is based in a tiny village in Hardy's imaginary county of Wessex on the South coast of England. It centres around three men, all from the village, returning home to discover Anne - recently blossomed into womanhood and without a suitor. Clearly (and especia...more
Yes, there are lots of misunderstandings but these could have taken place beween any four characters. The hero and heroine are sugar sweet, and the two v...more
-7 words summery:three boys/love/woman/war/victry/give up/goodbye
1.If you have a boyfriend(girlfriend) and he(she) decided to go to dangerous country for our country, what would you do?
;I think I stop him because we may not come back!!
2.How do you stay in touch, when contacting someone? Why do you use it?
;I always use e-mail because it is easy to contact with my firends and family:)
This book is love story, so i...more
But, of course, this is a story of heartbreak. It has a happier ending than most of his books - perhaps all of his books. There is very little treachery in this one. So you can enjoy his splendid writing without the anguish of witnessing so much folly, terrib...more
There is a philosophical tone to this book and the idea one can do better. After all, this is Hardy and he can't help himself. But The Trumpet-Major carries a hopeful tone.
The main character, Anne Garland, is in the midst of a quadrangle of romance an...more
The residents of Overcombe are thrilled when a troop of soldiers sets up camp on the outskirts of their village. Among the especially excited are a local miller who lives nearby, as well as his tenants, the widow Mrs. Garland and her daughter Anne. The miller's son, John Loveday, serves as able and celebrated trumpet-major of the dragoon, and his contentment at returning home for a time increases when he is reintroduced to young Miss Garland, no...more
That is exactly what I got from this novel. The story is as good as...more
A pair of brothers fight of the love of a girl with great dignity and decorum. The older brother losses out completely and dies in battle.
یکی از چیزهایی که باعث می شود این اثر هاردی متفاوت جلوه کند، زمینه ی رمان است، دوره ی جنگ های ناپلئون، جنگ اما حضوری کم رنگ تر از عشق دارد، صحنه ی وقایع یک آسیاب است دور از میدان های جنگ، سربازها و کارگران جنگ هستند، حتی شیپورچی، جنگ اما در زمینه...more
Well, the language was wonderful, but the characters seemed a little dense. I kept waiting for them to realize what was really going on. A light Hardy, as Hardys go.