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The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
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bookshelves: winter-20112012, published-1880, britain-england, classic, victorian
Read in December, 2011

fraudio
napoleonic
war
1880
victorian
historical fic (believe this is the only foray into hist-fic that Mr Hardy made)

Unabridged; 10.7 hours; read by Simon Vance.

blurb - Anne Garland, who lives with her widowed mother in a mill owned by Miller Loveday, has three suitors: the local squire's nephew Festus and the miller's two sons, Robert and John. While Festus' aggressive pursuit deters the young woman from considering him as a husband, the indecisive Anne wavers between light-hearted Bob and gentle, steadfast John. But as their Wessex village prepares for possible invasion by Napoleon's fleet, all find their destinies increasingly tangled with the events of history.

The Loveday brothers, one a sailor and one a soldier, must wrestle with their commitments to their country and their feelings for Anne. Lyrical and light-hearted, yet shot through with irony, "The Trumpet-Major" (1880) is one of Hardy's most unusual novels and a fascinating tale of love and desire.


Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Bony?
If you think we're on the run,
We are the boys who will stop your little game.
We are the boys who will make you think again.
'Cus who do you think you are kidding Mr. Bony?
If you think old Wessex's done?


Wessex Home Guard with added farce, sartorial observations, and sardonic hilarity. Perfect weekend travelling indulgence.

5* - 1872 - Under the Greenwood Tree
5* - 1873 - A Pair of Blue Eyes
4* - 1874 - Far From the Madding Crowd
4* - 1878 - The Return of the Native
4* - 1880 - The Trumpet Major
4* - 1886 - The Mayor of Casterbridge
4* - 1887 - The Woodlanders
4* - 1891 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
5* - 1895 - Jude the Obscure
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