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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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Jul 18, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction-literary, historical-fiction, rural-england, romance, northwest-passages
Read in July, 2011

I managed to dodge the required Thomas Hardy works in high school, and it's probably a good thing I didn't experience them then. The lengthy and quite indirect prose and paucity of plot would have really turned me off. However, now that I've been introduced to the fictional Wessex I understand a lot of pastoral allusions that appear in other works, such as some of Pratchett's Discworld and Jasper Fforde's novels.

Some 140 years after it was written the plot seems pretty simple and the characters somewhat mundane, but it was evidently something pretty bold at its time. It's possible that I'll try another Wessex novel at some point to see how the fictional setting evolves, but it won't happen right away.

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