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Sep 10, 2012 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Once more I need to remind myself to go back to the classic writers. I had such a good time reading each of the short stories about women. The prose is beautiful and fulfilling. I read between hours of time spent with grandchildren, and could pick up right where I left off. Hardy had such a wonderful way of expressing his countryside and the upper gentry class of people, although often tongue in cheek. The drama exceeds any that could be found in modern true-tale or romance novels or movies. I'l...more
Thomas Hardy's collection of stories about the lives and unique qualities of these women is very intriguing and reminds modern audiences of an earlier time where the nuances of life and love were different. It is easy to engage with and, notwithstanding a potential tendency to dismiss the social worries of an earlier generation, the heart of navigating identity and relationship is evident in each case.
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. Though 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, delineat...moreMore about Thomas Hardy...