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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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Dec 12, 08

bookshelves: 19th-century, classics, literature
Read in January, 2006, read count: 1

I had never read Thomas Hardy before so I had no idea what to expect. Would this be a page-turning classic or a boredom-introducing dud, like MIDDLEMARCH? I needn't have worried. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is a brilliant book and one that I loved reading.

Hardy's depiction of rural life in the 19th century is spot on and spellbinding. I was so drawn up in what was happening to the various characters that I couldn't put it down. At times the story is moving, funny, dramatic and frightening, but it's never less than utterly readable. Surely this is one of the great plots to be found in a novel, with Hardy's excellent style complementing it just right.
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