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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
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Aug 27, 10

bookshelves: classics, for-blog-giveaways
Read in August, 2010

** spoiler alert ** I saw the movie for this long before I ever read the book. It’s not one of the more common Hadry books that you come across and therefore I had just never gotten my hands on a copy of it. A hard back copy finally came up on Paperback Swap about 2 months ago so I ordered it and received it. At the time I was too busy to even finish reading the book I was in the middle of, so when I was finished I started reading it and another book at the same time. This was the second one to be finished! I LOVE Thomas Hardy… you just sort of know that things are not going to end well… Maybe you’ll get half a happy ending, but the man must have had issues. lol. Still I love his books and stories. I was surprised to find that the BBC’s latest version of the movie (starring Ciaran Hinds) is almost a play by play of the book. They really didn’t alter much or leave anything out. You always hear that the book is better than the movie, but what do you do when they are almost the same?!

The book has lots of English country turns-of-phrase which I always find cool and interesting. It mentions bumblebees and Dumbledors and being tired as being Hagrid. I have to wonder if JK Rowling is a fan of Thomas Hardy? I’m still not sure if I like the Farfrae character and I KNOW I don’t like Lucetta. It’s a tragic book and just illustrates how quickly someone can fall from the high life. It’s also a great example of how karma will get you, even 20 years down the road
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