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The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
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Oct 28, 11

really liked it

Hardy uses his honourable heroine Grace to criticise the class system as we see her impossibly torn between passion and propriety. Hardy again questions what love is and emphasises the tragedy of unrequited love as Grace believes herself to be too good for Giles after she has been educated. However it seems that no matter what the characters believe they should choose because of class; fate still catches up in the end to wreak havoc in their lives. A well balanced novel, deserves just as much credit and fame as 'Tess of the D'urbervilles' and 'The mayor of Casterbridge'.

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