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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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Nov 25, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classic, english-lit

This is my favorite Hardy novel, and the one with which he gained national acclaim. Although the characters suffer from the usual cruel twists of fate, our hero, the wonderfully name Gabriel Oak, is hardworking, careful, and responsible. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much — we see the effects of folly and carelessness, but everyone isn’t completely flattened by bad luck falling out of the clear blue. The lives and loves and losses of the characters are interwoven with a striking portrait of rural Dorsetshire, which Hardy saw threatened by encroaching industrialization. A beautiful examination of universal human experiences set in a vanished world.
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