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The Distracted Preacher

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  187 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From the master of Victorian tragedy, the surprisingly comic adventures of a man caught between romance and religion.

When young Mr. Stockdale arrives in a small village to fill in for the Methodist minister, he finds himself pining for his comely new landlady. But she leads a mysterious life, keeping odd hours and speaking in hushed tones. As his love for her grows, he’s...more
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Published September 18th 2012 by Melville House (first published 1979)
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Marieke
A really fun tale and like other readers, I wish Hardy had written more like this. It is humorous but not silly. It is a morality tale but not heavy. I thought it was perfectly paced with nice use of mystery and crime. I also enjoyed the socio-religious element. I wish I had managed to read it in one sitting, though. I have mixed feelings about the ending after getting acquainted with such a strong, independent female lead, but I don't think Hardy could have written any other ending. 4.5 stars,...more
Teo
It's true that Hardy's short stories are severely underrated. After I picked this book up I was wondering if I should continue reading it all, but my obsessive, blind worshipping of Thomas Hardy won out (not with much difficulty).

Well, to be fair, some of the stories were admittedly lacking (for my taste, at least) but others were enthralling. The difference in Hardy's short stories and novels can be a little jarring in some cases - his novels are bleak, realistic but beautiful; while his short...more
Violet
Who knew Hardy could write such good comedy, but even so there's a moral to the tale of rum doings in the village, aye, and the dilemma of the handsome preacher who falls for the mysterious Mrs Newberry.
Sara G
Moralistic and not much else. It's a shame because the edition I read (the Melville House bright pink edition) was beautiful. The annotations they provide might be the best part about this book.
Nicola Mansfield
I may or may not have read "The Mayor of Casterbridge" when I was young, but seeing as I can't remember we'll go with this being my first work by Hardy. I enjoyed it thoroughly. From the Victorian era this is my favourite period of literature to read from and I found Hardy very easy and pleasant to read. This is supposedly uncharacteristic of his usual work in that it is a comedic farce rather than a dark tragedy. I really enjoyed the characters, the play between the sexes, and the minister's fi...more
Gema
Primeiro livro que li de Thomas Hardy (autor que desconhecia). Este "Pregador Atormentado" conta-nos a história de Stockdale, um ministro que vai parar por uns tempos a uma terra onde conhece Lizzy (quem o hospeda) e acaba por se apaixonar por esta mulher (viuva) e que tem muitos segredos, entre os quais o contrabando. Estas escolhas dela acabam por os separar, pois ela quer continuar a manter este tipo de vida e ele não pode casar com uma mulher que pratica este tipo de actividade ilicita. Acab...more
Mark Schlatter
A good set up, but a very lacking ending.
Shaindel
Aug 02, 2008 Shaindel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the gothic, ghost stories, fans of Hardy.
Recommended to Shaindel by: grad school read...
I need to go back and read all of these short stories; I only read a few of them in graduate school, but what a lot of people don't realize is that Hardy was a master of the gothic, too. Definitely read "Barbara of the House of Grebe" and "The Withered Arm." Chilling tales! I love-love teaching "The Withered Arm" to college freshman!
Ana Rînceanu
This was a fun, quick read with a slow start and a bit predictable. It involves a preacher and a widow who fall in love, but mariage is not possible due to lifestyle differences. ‘You dissent from Church, and I dissent from State' has got to be my favorite line from this book. I look forward to reding more from this author.
Wendy
Just a comic romp with minister and a young lass, and all the hijinks that ensue when there's a clash between the religious and the worldly. Basically, it's like any scene from Robin Hood that has Friar Tuck in it with his honey mead.
Eliana
-Plot: 4
-Characters Development: 5
-Writing Style: 4
-Consistency/realism: 4
-Entertaining: 5
-Creativity/predictability: 3
-Emotional Impact: 2
-Intellectual Impact: 2
April Reints
A nice collection of short stories by Thomas Hardy. Especially enjoyed the Distracted Preacher, Barabara of the House of Grebe, and the Grave by the Handpost.
Paul
I bought this for one story I heard read on a NPR program, and it was wonderful! A bit dated, but aren't all the classics?
Elaine
Some of these can sometimes remind a reader of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Steve
Better than when I read for A Level - The Only Way is Wessex...
Raquel
Curtinho, mas com potencialidade.
J.
A campy romp.
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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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