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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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May 26, 2011

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This is considered "the best known and most humorous Hardy novel. It is the product of his intimate and first-hand knowledge of the attributes, habits, inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies of rural men and women." I'd describe the book as amusing but not wildly entertaining. Bethsheba Everdine has three men interested in her. She starts out as flirtatious, but suffering and betrayal 'refine' her. There were interesting observations: "A young man having no individuality on his own was known as Susan Tulle's husband." "Women never fail to rail at man's fickleness in love but rarely observe his constancy." "There is a loquacity that tells nothing and a silence that tells much."

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