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Far from the Madding Crowd (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Thomas Hardy

Published: 2001-12-11
Paperback : 512 pages
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Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the ...
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Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels.” Introducing the fictional name of “Wessex” to describe Hardy’s legendary countryside, this early masterpiece draws a vivid picture of rural life in southwest England.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1912 Wessex edition and features Hardy’s map of Wessex.

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by ddblue33 (see profile) 05/22/15
We\\\'re reviewing the book, watching the 1967 film, then going to see the new film in theaters.

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by wren2 (see profile) 02/26/16

 
  "Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd"by spacer5 (see profile) 02/26/16

Hardy's first Wessex novel, FFMC establishes the setting and values that Hardy uses in his later novels. The countryside of southwest England with its ancient connection to England's primitive and medieval... (read more)

 
  "Atmospheric 19th Century Romance"by ddblue33 (see profile) 05/22/15

Figured I'd read this in college, especially as an English major. Definitely saw the Julie Christie/Terrence Stamp/Alan Bates movie (three heavy-hitters for me). Our book club decided to (re... (read more)

 
  "Difficult but good story"by mkrise105 (see profile) 03/19/15

This was very hard to get into in the beginning. Too much to dig through to get to the point. However, a sign of the times when it was written. Good story overall.

 
by 26grandkids (see profile) 11/11/14

 
  "Far from the Madding Crowd"by 3goodbooks (see profile) 11/07/14

This is great literature! Beautiful prose,, well developed characters and an interesting plot. About a strong, modern woman in the 19th century, whose passionate nature causes some disastrou... (read more)

 
  "Classic book that many loved."by sisters4 (see profile) 11/07/14

Slow to get into. Author was very descriptive in scenes and characters. Vocabulary was difficult because of the time period so remote from current time.

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