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The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
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Nov 01, 2011

really liked it
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Read from November 01 to 02, 2011

A really satisfying read, absorbing and affecting, without being quite as tragic as some of Hardy's other efforts. As it was Hardy's own favourite, its hard to fathom why it is not more popular. Perhaps the lead characters are not quite so appealing: Grace Melbury, educated beyond her natural station, Edred Fitzpiers, dissipated doctor, are finely carved, but Giles Winterbourne, honest, worthy son of the soil comes across (perhaps appropriately) as a bit wooden, a thinly veiled allegory for all the upright, pure goodness of old country ways and morals. Status, class and reputation count for so much in a small community and Hardy makes this community come alive.
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