Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd Beautifully illustrated with atmospheric paintings by renowned artists Far From the Madding Crowd is Hardy s fourth novel and his first major success It s a deeply moving story of the ill fated passi

  • Title: Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Author: Thomas Hardy
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  • Page: 262
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  • Far From the Madding Crowd

    Beautifully illustrated with atmospheric paintings by renowned artists, Far From the Madding Crowd is Hardy s fourth novel and his first major success It s a deeply moving story of the ill fated passions of the beautiful Bathsheba and her three suitors that offers a spectacle of country life brimming with an energy and charm not customarily associated with Hardy Just Beautifully illustrated with atmospheric paintings by renowned artists, Far From the Madding Crowd is Hardy s fourth novel and his first major success It s a deeply moving story of the ill fated passions of the beautiful Bathsheba and her three suitors that offers a spectacle of country life brimming with an energy and charm not customarily associated with Hardy Just as accessible and enjoyable for today s readers as it would have been when first published over a century ago, the novel is one of the great works of English literature and continues to be widely read throughout the world This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text.

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    1. Moonlight Reader

      Two people have complained that there are spoilers in this review. Read at your own peril. Hi! I'm Bathsheba Everdene!And I'm Poor Decision-Making Bathsheba Everdene.I sent a random Valentine to a guy on a neighboring farm asking him to marry me, even though I don't even like him! This turned him into an annoying semi-stalker who spent the next several years begging me to marry him for reals!And then, in a further display of my terrible judgment, I married a philandering asshole who only wanted [...]

    2. Anne

      This was just so good."Sheep are such unfortunate animals! - there's always something happening to them! I never knew a flock pass a year without getting into some scrape or other." Sheep!Sheeeeeep!!More sheep!!!I love sheep :) They are so cute! But sheep are actually not the reason why I love this book so much. That would be silly. But I do love the fact that Gabriel Oak was a shepherd, and not say, a pig farmer. Anyways! Even though this story takes place in rural Wessex and is filled with she [...]

    3. Apatt

      "The heart wants what the heart wants"No, that is not from this book. I just thought it would have been a good tagline for the 2015 movie adaptation of this classic (they went with "Based on the classic love story by Thomas Hardy" instead)."Serve you right you silly cow"That is also not from the book, but it's a sentence that popped into my mind while reading some later parts of the book."Fuck off Boldwood!"Still not from the book but I wish it was."It is difficult for a woman to define her feel [...]

    4. Henry Avila

      Bathsheba Everdene a gorgeous, mesmerizing young woman, 22, ( the formerly poor, now rich girl ) she inherited a prosperous, large farm from her late uncle, set in rural Wessex , ( Dorset ) southwest England, in the 1860's, has three, very different suitors, common Gabriel Oak, eight years older a shepherd and fine flute player, who will soon lose his sheep, the first time he sees her, Miss Everdene is admiring herself in a hand mirror and smiling, William Boldwood, a wealthy, good looking farme [...]

    5. Helene Jeppesen

      What a story! I was going to give it 4 stars, but the ending was so intense and wrapped everything up so beautifully that I had to rate it 5 stars. What I love the most about this book is that it deals with an unorthodox woman. Bathsheba (I know, what a name?) is admired by a lot of men; still, she keeps on rejecting them one after another. She doesn't want to be like every other woman at that time who marries the first man to propose and has children. Bathsheba is stubborn and she's insecure, a [...]

    6. Jr Bacdayan

      "The poetry of motion is a phrase much in use, and to enjoy the epic form of that gratification it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the mass of civilized mankind, who are dreamwrapt and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time, long and quietly watch your stately progress through the stars."While I was in the midst of reading this novel, I was struck by general wonderment with regards to the title of this book. Why "Far From the Madding Crowd"? It had always seemed tha [...]

    7. Shovelmonkey1

      Ah Far from the Madding Crowd, even saying the book title aloud summons images of an overcrowded class room, sweaty adolescents and a fraught English teacher. I was forced to read this book when I was about thirteen. Other books I was forced to read, learn and regurgitate in vast, ungainly and probably largely misunderstood swathes include Macbeth, Hamlet, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead, Pride and Prejudice, A Winters Tale, The Colour Purple and Wuthering Heights. A diverse selection you m [...]

    8. Philip

      4.75ish stars. With a name like Bathsheba how much could we honestly expect from her? Imagine playing with her as a child, "Come here little Bathy-Bathy!" She was doomed from the start. And she was obviously one of those children who was told entirely too often how special she was and how pretty and how she could do anything she set her mind to. Poor Bathsheba. Not that it should need to be said for a novel that's almost 150 years old, but in case you still haven't read this and plan on doing so [...]

    9. Diane

      I loved escaping into this 19th-century English novel. I dove into it and found both comfort and sustenance.One of my reading goals for 2017 is to make time for classics I haven't read yet, and Far From the Madding Crowd was perfect because this was my first Thomas Hardy book. The fact that I enjoy novels set in the English countryside was just a lucky bonus.I had seen two different movie versions of the book, so I was familiar with the basic story: Strong Woman Refuses Wonderful Man; then Stron [...]

    10. Graham Herrli

      The only emotions that this book evoked for me were boredom and annoyance. The boredom stemmed largely from its predictable plotline and its verbose narrative style (and its utter failure to engage me intellectually, which may have made this verbosity pardonable). The annoyance stemmed from Hardy's method of creating the protagonist, Bathsheba. He repeatedly describes Bathsheba as being self-willed, confident, independent, and poised; but he only tells us this about her, while her actions demons [...]

    11. Ahmad Sharabiani

      846. Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas HardyFar from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, C1874Characters: Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, William Boldwood, Francis Troy, Fanny Robin.Abstract: Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrast [...]

    12. Luffy

      For my O Level year, I had to make a choice. Either take English literature as my option, or take Hindi. I took the latter. Had I taken the former, I would have read Far From The Madding Crowd in my teens.Now I'm in my late thirties. The mistake of passing over English Lit has been rectified, if only partly. I remember noticing my friends taking a hefty paperback tome to read their book assigned to them. How would I know that one day I'll be reading the book on a device that's so light, regardle [...]

    13. Samra Yusuf

      “It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.” So I'm reading Classics these daysand what a "classy-classic" it all is!Hardy always gives me hard-time around while reading any of his work and I find myself in utter bewilderment what to make of itIs he a pessimistic-shitty gruesome that leads his way-ward stories more wayward just to annoy you??Or he is a true gifted writer that has a honed skill to roam you in vast-rural lands [...]

    14. Melki

      I almost didn't read this book, the February selection for my real-life book club. It seemed rather dull and there's a huge stack of yummier-looking books calling my name, saying "Read ME next!" BUT, since I'm the one who's always bitching to the group about how we need to read more classics, it seemed in poor taste for me to give this one a miss. And, I'm glad I read it.Even though Hardy's writing style took some getting used to. It's sort of wordy. Okay, it's really wordy. Near the beginning, [...]

    15. Margitte

      There are several books titled Far From The Madding Crowd on GR. I was inspired to read Thomas Hardy's Victorian novel after reading Roger Brunyate's excellent review.Published in 1874 for the first time as a novel, it depicted the social upheaval resulting from the changes in rural life in the industrial era. Customs and traditions disintegrated, and with that the security, stability and dignity it brought for the inhabitants. It was a period in which religious, political, scientific, and socia [...]

    16. Kim

      Far from the Madding Crowd is one of the three Thomas Hardy novels I’d read by the time I turned twenty. The others were Tess of the Durbervilles and Jude the Obscure. My twenty-year-old self was irritated by Tess’ passivity and found Jude’s life too depressing to contemplate. However, this novel had a few laughs and a conventionally happy ending, so even though it also has its fair share of madness, depression, despair and death, I was content to say that I liked it. I didn’t like it en [...]

    17. Amy | shoutame

      Definitely one of my favourite classics of the year so far! This novel centres around a female character name Bathsheba Everdene and the events that befall her as she tries to make her way in the world. When she takes ownership of a family farm she is quickly picked out by many men in the village and soon has a fair few marriage proposals. She must make up her mind as to who she is and what she plans on doing. Once she has made her choice she must make her bed and lie in it!I found this to be su [...]

    18. Alex

      Thomas Hardy writes often about women, with a sympathy that looks a little like contempt. In Far From the Madding Crowd he lays out the options available to Bathsheba Everdene (yes, Katniss is named after her): Frank Troy is the dashing adventurer, charming and dissipated. He ensnares her in a ferny grove, showing off his swordplay. ("It will not take five minutes," he says, and we picture Hardy snickering.) Boldwood is the older, stolid man, a rural Casaubon, representing security and the abdic [...]

    19. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)

      Update--10/14/2012: I just completed a re-read of this novel. The more I read it, the more I realize that it is simply exquisitely plotted and written. Hardy-the-poet shines through on just about every page as he describes the pastoral Wessex landscape and the country rustics that occupy it. This is truly a gem of a novel, and one of my favorites by Hardy.***I just completed re-reading Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, and just fell in love with it all over again! The first time I read the nov [...]

    20. Becca

      Far From the Madding Crowd is without a doubt the strangest romance novel I have ever read.Before starting the review proper, I do have a slight confession to make. When I saw this novel in the bookshop a month ago, the only reason I recognised the title was because Harry Kennedy – played by my favourite actor, Richard Armitage – quoted a line from the story in The Vicar of Dibley:Harry Kennedy: "As Gabriel Oak said to Bathsheba in Far From the Madding Crowd; ‘Whenever I look up, there sha [...]

    21. Piyangie

      This is my first read of Thomas Hardy and what a reward it was. Simply brilliant! I'm absolutely in love with his style of writing: the poetic language and phrasing and his sense in detail to description. What a power of observation Hardy had possessed? Whether it is to human emotions, human psychology, the rural set up of the story, the structures, fixtures, weather or anything, his eye for observance and accuracy in detail throughout the book was simply amazing. With reference to characters, I [...]

    22. Carmo

      Li Tess dos Urbervilles há mais de vinte anos e, apesar de ainda ter bem presente os contornos da história, nada me recordava as características da narrativa de Thomas Hardy.Foi, portanto, uma grata surpresa lerLonge da Multidão e perceber logo nos primeiros parágrafos quão maravilhosa é a escrita do autor.O andamento da história e as personagens bem enquadradas na época, que o arquiteto e poeta da era vitoriana traçou com realismo de pintor, completaram o quadro e estava criado o cen [...]

    23. Perry

      A Snake, a Fruitcake and a Beefcake with HeartacheSgt. Troy, Billy Boldwood and Gabriel OakBathsheba Everdeen has inherited a sheep farm from her late uncle in the idyllic Victorian farming community, the village of Weatherbury, Wessex County, England. The novel was published in 1874 and reportedly was Hardy's first commercial success (his 4th novel). Bathsheba is haughty and creates her own set of madding problems by sending a Valentine to the shy, very strange William Boldwood, after turning d [...]

    24. El

      Having just finished reading Infinite Jest I was looking for something that had absolutely nothing to do with tennis, drugs, or terrorists in wheelchairs. I thought Hardy would be a safe bet. Instead, what I got was sheep. A lot of sheep. By the end I was almost hoping that the sheep would get up to play tennis, while on drugs, riding around in wheelchairs.There were a lot of sheep in this book.Believe it or not, though, this is not a story about sheep. This 1874 novel is about Bathsheba Everden [...]

    25. Celeste

      Love is messy. And Thomas Hardy had an incredible grasp of that messiness. Far from the Madding Crowd is only the second book I’ve read by him, Tess of the D'Urbervilles being the first, and both were about love’s ability to wreck lives. Hardy’s writing didn’t grip me as hard in this novel as it did throughout Tess, but the writing was still lovely, and the story still compelling, with a (thankfully) happier ending than Tess provided.Bathsheba Everdene is a beautiful, headstrong, indepen [...]

    26. Sr3yas

      Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.This is the tale of Bathsheba Everdene, a proud, independent and disarmingly beautiful woman who inherited her uncle's vast farm. Fearlessly, she enters men's world of farming and becomes mistress of the farm. She attracts different suitors between this transformation: Gabriel Oak, a hardworking and faithful shepherd, William Boldwood, a middle-aged bachelor with dignity and Sergeant Frank Troy, a flirtatious soldier.For me, the story was an expe [...]

    27. Aditi

      “Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.”---- Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy, an English author, spun a spectacular and classic tale of love, Far from the Madding Crowd whose movie adaption is going to release in the month of May, starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen. Synopsis: The first of Thomas Hardy’s great novels, Far From the Madding Crowd established the author as one of Britain’s foremost writers. It also [...]

    28. Roger Brunyate

      Bathsheba's Three Suitors     "I believe you saved my life, Miss———. I don't know your name. I know your aunt's, but not yours."     "I would just as soon not tell it—rather not. There is no reason either why I should, as you probably will never have much to do with me."     "Still I should like to know."     "You can inquire at my aunt's—she will tell you."     "My name is Gabriel Oak."     "And mine isn't. You seem fond of yours in speaking it so decisiv [...]

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