May 29, 07
Read in May, 2007
This one's a mite depressing, like Thomas Hardy's other books. Every character is well drawn, and no one has it easy. I always want to drown myself in a Jane Austen book after reading one of his books, if only to heal my heart. Fate seems to deal his characters some very bad hands, and I often find myself saying, "If only THAT didn't happen, they'd be happy."
At the very least, some of the main characters get what they deserve. The ones who have caused a lot of pain get it back tenfold, and the ones who have done nothing but love soon find happiness in the end. But my heart breaks for "the native" and his mother. They didn't quite get what they deserved.
Finished reading May 5, 2007.