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Return of the Native

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The Return of the Native is a work by Thomas Hardy now brought to you in this new edition of the timeless classic.
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Peyton Banks The first 50 pages are incredibly slow, but then it picks up the pace a little.It is still a rather slow novel though.
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”I read a lot of classical books like The Return of the Native and all, and I like them,” says Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye. “I like that Eustacia Vye.”

Catherine Zeta Jones as Eustacia Vye

Eustacia Vye is a young maid filled with longing for the city of Paris, for new experiences,fresh sights, sounds that have never rang her ears before, and a lover to fill her heart with dewy-eyed passion. She lives on the moors of Wessex in the midst of a small collection of dwellings called Egdo
Henry Avila
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you go home again? Thomas Hardy asks that simple question in his magnificent novel, The Return of the Native...written in 1878...set in a vast sparsely populated land in rural England called Edgon Heath. Rolling hills, the quiet grasslands and small but valuable shrubs, the furze bush .. empty except for isolated cottages, little hamlets and people struggling to survive the harsh conditions in the valley's meager farms and their loneliness. The native coming back is Mr.Clement (Clym) Yeobrig ...more
Paul Bryant
Mar 06, 2008 marked it as some-random-comedy-stuff  ·  review of another edition
From one of Monty Python's albums:

Commentator: Hello, and welcome to Dorchester, where a very good crowd has turned out to watch local boy Thomas Hardy write his new novel "The Return Of The Native", on this very pleasant July morning. This will be his eleventh novel and the fifth of the very popular Wessex novels, and here he comes! Here comes Hardy, walking out towards his desk. He looks confident, he looks relaxed, very much the man in form, as he acknowledges this very good natured bank holi
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit
4.5 stars

This is a story about misunderstanding, not getting the facts straight and the dangers of presumptuousness. Here romance rings hollow and family is a source of strife rather than security.

Although the plot borders on Lifetime channel fare and the dialogue can sometimes be overwrought, it’s Hardy’s descriptive powers that also make this a great read. He describes the heath, the wind, fire light dancing on people’s faces, a storm, an eclipse, all revealing the power and beauty of the Engl
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5 out of 5 stars to The Return of the Native, a novel written by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1878 and subsequently re-issued a few times with additional revisions. It's rare for me to give out a full 5 stars, but this book will always hold an extreme and special place in my heart. It was the start of my adoration of the English countryside. It was a true story of love, life and reality. Watching the drama unfold over the years, chapter by chapter, was phenomenal. I was there
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have spent the last thirty five years convinced that I do not like Thomas Hardy. I know how it happened. Reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles when I was in high school and again at university made a lasting - and a negative - impression on me. Admittedly, I went on to read Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, also while I was at university, and quite liked both novels. Notwithstanding this, my dislike of Tess overshadowed whatever appreciation for Hardy's work I might otherwise have d
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Hurt so good
Come on baby, make it hurt so good”

- John Mellencamp

WUT? Well, reading Thomas Hardy novels always poses this kind of challenge. They hurt, and yet I keep coming back to him because they are indeed good and this kind of hurt is like a good exercise for your EQ. In term of language, I don’t think Hardy’s writing is particularly difficult to access. The more challenging aspects of his books are the initial meticulous scene setting and characters introduction chapters and, of course, t
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-classici
"Harsh Heath" Hardy -- Best in Nature as Supporting Character

In this 1878 novel, Hardy heaves readers right into the gloomy Egdon Heath, in southern England, to witness the inception of coming tragedies involving the heath's inhabitants. Hardy did not draw his Egdon Heath as darkly as the Bronte sisters portrayed their Cimmerian heaths in the classic novels, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Hardy was more masterful and subtle in this novel.

His exquisite approach to creating this authentic and an
Jan 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There used to be a lot more words in the world. Now we're all about short, blunt sentences. So obvious. So boring.
Safa Fatima
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
So, what do I say about this extraordinary novel. I have a feeling this is going to turn into a story.

I'd like to begin by saying that this was my Mother's. Previously, I have read Tess of the D'Urbervilles (also because of my mom who narrated it to me when I was younger) by Hardy and I was bewitched by his picturesque poetic prose, and I have Far from the Madding Crowd waiting on my shelf (I watched the movie with my mom).

I love Classics, my love for them is unbounded. ❤

So, about The Return of
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"What depressed you?"

This sums up every Thomas Hardy novel I have ever read.

However, and this may shock and surprise you, ... I really liked this one. In contrast to Tess of the D'Urbervilles or Far from the Madding Crowd, I did not get exasperated with the characters, did not want to slap them or root for the sheep to turn into man-eating overlords - even though I still think that this would have made a better plot than what Far from the Madding Crowd had to offer.

The Return of the Nati
Ahmad Sharabiani
839. Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native is Thomas Hardy's sixth published novel. It first appeared in the magazine Belgravia, a publication known for its sensationalism, and was presented in twelve monthly installments from January to December 1878.
The novel takes place entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath, and, with the exception of the epilogue, Aftercourses, covers exactly a year and a day. The narrative begins on the evening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I kept falling asleep at the beginning of this book. Finally I gave up. I mentioned to my friend Rich that I'd stalled out, and he quoted his high school English teacher, whose words predicted Rich's own experience of the novel: "For the first fifty pages, we would think Return of the N the worst book we had ever read and after that it would seem the best book we had ever read." So I pressed on, and sure enough, around page fifty the book grabbed me and didn't let go till I finished.

One of the
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
Every once in a great while you read a novel that just knocks you back onto your keister. Well, for me, this was just one of those novels. I finished reading Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native several days ago, and it made such an impression upon me that I turned to page one, and began it all over again! The first impression? Wow! Upon finishing it for the second time? I concur with the first impression.

This is the fourth in Hardy's series of eight 'Wessex' novels, all being set in his nati
The setting of this book gives it an even more isolated feel than other Hardy novels as though the small communities making a living gathering sedge were cut off even from the rest of rural Wessex. The whole business of sedge cutting adds tragedy which maybe Hardy hadn't intended, for us this is a vanished world, such landscapes have been either transformed or abandoned, they haven't survived, as human landscapes employing hundreds working with hand tools.

For the modern reader then there is a fi
Gary  the Bookworm
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The hypnotic power of The Return of the Native can't be overstated. Everyone seems under some sort of spell. But the passions of the characters are secondary to the magnitude and majesty of the rugged heath they inhabit. Those who embrace their surroundings and give in to their circumstances may find some level of peace, but woe be to those who resist. The native in the title is Clym Yeobright, who returns to his mother's home, ominously named Blooms-End, after an extended absence. He wants to
4.5 stars

I need more Hardy.

Sure, the man has the ability to rip out my heart and shove it into my palm. But damn. He does it with such elegance, it’s hard to mind.

The Return of the Native is a tale of various individuals struggling to deal with their decisions, and ultimately their fates. We have Thomasin, who we deceptively begin with as the main protagonist; Wildeve, her fiancé and the literal ‘bad boy’ of the story; Clym, the “native,”; and Eustacia, the dark-haired heroine who is barred of a
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good medicine. I hated this book when I had to read it in high school. Maybe because I’d assumed from the title that it was going to be about American Indians. (In my defense, I’d been forced to read The Last of the Mohicans the previous year, and may have thought high school literature was all about the aboriginals.) Maybe because the entire first chapter is a description of Egdon Heath; one that still elicited a groan from me when I started listening to the audiobook a few weeks ago.

This is th
Jen Padgett Bohle
"Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world. She took the midnight train goin' anywhere..."
Yep, Journey and Thomas Hardy DO have something in common: They both understand a woman's intense yearnings for something beyond small town life.

The best advice I can give to any would-be readers of Return of the Native is to stay with this tale; it gets better and better. In all honesty, one could probably skip the first 3 chapters (roughly 40 pages) and not miss much . I love Hardy's imagery and d
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hardy, hardy, hardy. Oh I'm not sure what to make of you. Sometimes you waffle on and on and after half a page I find myself thinking, what on earth are you going on about. Then you start talking about love, or heartbreak and I find myself moving in to listen closer, waiting with baited breath to find out what's coming next. I know there won't be rainbows and butterflies, but I like the bleakness. It's expected and yet gut wrenching when it hits. I'm looking forward to your next devastating stor ...more
Renee M
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Hardy novels. But, then, it was my first, many years ago.

I love the three women Tamsin, Eustacia, and Mrs. Yeobright. The way they interact with each other, the local folk, their men. The things they are willing to do to achieve their dreams. The passion each shows, in their very different ways. In spite of the title, I think of this as their book. But, I also love the three men, Clym Yeobright, Damon Wildeve, Diggory Venn. I love how different they are, how distinct. I love
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Classics
Hardy at his best. First tier in storytelling, character development, and use of language and description. It is like being served a feast to listen to Hardy entone over the features of the heath. The wet young beeches were undergoing amputations, bruises, cripplings, and harsh lacertations, from which the wasting sap would bleed for many a day to come, and which would leave scars visible till the day of their burning. Each stem was wrenched at the root, where it moved like a bone in its socket, ...more
" are still queen of me, Eustacia, though I may no longer be king of you"

Hardy has forever captured me with his romantic ideologies and poetic lines, I once fancied I had become immune to his tragedies. But oh, this novel has royally proven me wrong; out doing Tess of the D'Urbervilles in both romance, heartbreak and tears- this novel has left me utterly speechless. The setting, the plot, the suspense, it was amazing.
But the characters, oh the characters! They
4 stars - It was great. I loved it.

Prematurely, I had concluded that I was not a fan of Thomas Hardy’s work, but this novel proved otherwise. Enjoyed this much more than Far from the Madding Crowd, both for the plot and the prose. But most of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the mesmerizing narration as the audiobook version I read was narrated by the late and irreplaceable Alan Rickman.
Favorite Quote: Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
I was told once that I should read Far from the Madding Crowd because it was that rarest of rare beasts; a cheerful Hardy novel.

After having finished the aforementioned book I could only say that my definition of what constituted a cheerful novel was clearly wildly different to theirs. The most uplifting thing that could really be said about it was that not everybody died and some of the characters got what could considered a 'happy ending' if you could look past all of the tragic events which l
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inghilterra, classici
Il concetto tragico che Hardy ha della vita è qui, nella tetra e selvaggia brughiera di Egdon, luogo immaginario che racchiude in sé le asperità e le incertezze della natura e dell’esistenza umana.
Protagonista e spettatrice è la brughiera di Egdon, dove le stagioni passano, i destini s’incontrano, si attraversano e si compiono.
Nella lentezza dello svolgersi del tempo, una figura si staglia lassù, sul poggio. Immobile, come il colle su cui posa. È lei, Eustacia, selvaggia come la natura che la ci
I have enjoyed reading and rereading this novel since I was in my teens. In thinking about this I can only suggest that from the first reading I was impressed with Hardy's ability to create a complete believable setting where the characters interacted not just with one another but with the world in which they lived. That world was a rural Victorian one, but it resonated with my own somewhat rural experience even though it occurred more than one hundred years earlier.
What Thomas Hardy created wa
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Such views of life were to some extent the natural begettings of her situation upon her nature. To dwell on a heath without studying its meanings was like wedding a foreigner without learning his tongue. The subtle beauties of the heath were lost to Eustacia; she only caught its vapours. An environment which would have made a contented woman a poet, a suffering woman a devotee, a pious woman a psalmist, even a giddy woman thoughtful, made a rebellious woman saturnine.

To have lost the god
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Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates cha ...more
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“Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?” 270 likes
“Backlock, a poet blind from his birth, could describe visual objects with accuracy; Professor Sanderson, who was also blind, gave excellent lectures on color, and taught others the theory of ideas which they had and he had not. In the social sphere these gifted ones are mostly women; they can watch a world which they never saw, and estimate forces of which they have only heard. We call it intuition.” 71 likes
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