Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd was one of the classics that I wanted to read for years but afraid to start. Fortunately, I forced myself to read it and finished it in no time. I find it strange that sometimes the books that I’m most intimidated become the ones I like the most. Far From the Madding Crowd will enter your life with all its excellent characters and will stay with you for a long time.
I read Tess by Thomas Hardy before, and I was very impressed by it as a 16-year-old girl. Far from the Madding Crowd managed to affect the 30-year-old me with its story and characters. The pastoral background in the book, the attention to detail, the way he talks about human nature with all its distortion and unusualness makes Hardy an unprecedented author. Of course, there is a love that makes people sad enough to cry in the novel.
There is a strong, beautiful woman, and there are three men in love with her. The differences between these three men, the perspective of the woman and the events that develop due to love will make you turn the pages. Each love’s unique features will surprise you. I’d recommend you to read the book and then watch the film. You’ll enjoy it a lot more.
Far From the Madding Crowd
Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and so captures the heart of three very different men. Gabriel Oak, a so quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy. The battle for her affections will have dramatic, tragic and so surprising consequences. In this classic tale of love and so misunderstanding.
Thomas Hardy OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot. He was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.
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