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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
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Jul 09, 12

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This is a real roller-coaster ride. Following the mayor from his drunken decision to sell his wife and infant daughter to his final act of desperation is an engrossing tale of perfidy and happenstance. At its moral center is Elizabeth-Jane, the mayor's long lost daughter who bears a strong resemblance to Jane Eyre, another nineteenth century heroine who doesn't expect much from life except the freedom to live in accordance with her own code of honor. There are plenty of plot twists and richly evocative descriptive passages. Dead people and lost letters resurface and forgotten acts of kindness or cruelty motivate characters to act. Like life itself it moves inexorably to its dramatic and moving conclusion.

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07/07/2012 page 78
17.0% "I'm reading this for a class. It's my first novel by Hardy and I'm very impressed so far."

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Suzanne The roller coaster ride. That's a good description.


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