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Return of the Native
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
You are ambitious, Eustacia no not exactly ambitious, luxurious. I ought to be of the same vein, to make you happy, I suppose Tempestuous Eustacia Vye passes her days dreaming of passionate love and the escape it may bring from the small community of Egdon Heath. Hearing that Clym Yeobright is to return from Paris, she sets her heart on marrying him, believing that through him she can leave rural life and find fulfilment elsewhere. But she is to be disappointed, for Clym has dreams of his own, and they have little in common with Eustacia s. Their unhappy marriage causes havoc in the lives of those close to them, in particular Damon Wildeve, Eustacia s former lover, Clym s mother and his cousin Thomasin.The Return of the Nativeillustrates the tragic potential of romantic illusion and how its protagonists fail to recognize their opportunities to control their own destinies. Penny Boumelha s introduction examines the classical and mythological references and the interplay of class and sexuality in the novel. This edition, essentially Hardy s original book version of the novel, also includes notes, a glossary, chronology and bibliography. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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kathrynhoss
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
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My favorite character was Eustacia because she spent most of the novel doing nothing except fantasize vividly, and as a teenager I was like “same“

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Jazinator
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
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Book #85: Thomas Hardy is able to paint a picture with his novels. When you read them you can be sure to smell the sweet fragrance of a passing flower or hear children playing on a distant hill. His ability to paint such a picture is almost unmatched. The Return of the Native flowed smoothly from the beginning picture he painted through much of the...

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CoffeeNBooks I love Thomas Hardy! I have The Return of the Native on my bookshelf but haven't read it yet. 2mo
Jazinator Looking back on the reviews of all my Hardy reads I have consistently mixed feelings about them. His writing is superb but his treatment of the women in his books is a little less than desirable though. 2mo
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awishman
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This book was saaaaad. Melancholy.

I listened to the audio narrated by the inimitable Alan Rickman, and needless to say it was stunning.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read this in college, I still remember it as being melancholy too. 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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Astonishingly good! Gorgeous, painful windswept moors, kinda Wuthering Heights vibes, it picked me up and carried me away and made me remember how much I love Hardy. I loved how the Celtic past hung over the place so heavily, I loved how quietly mystical the world was. Hardy‘s weather is one of my favourite literary characters for sure.

And Alan Rickman‘s voice 💖💖💖 it was quite emotional listening to him

Freespirit ❤️Alan Rickman❤️ 6mo
SW-T Love Hardy‘s books. 😊 6mo
KathyWheeler Okay — I read The Return of the Native a long time ago, but I may listen to it for Alan Rickman‘s voice. ❤️ 6mo
Redwritinghood Love Thomas Hardy! 6mo
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DGRachel
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I finished this audiobook at work today. I know I would have appreciated it more if I had read it in my early 20s when I studied Hardy‘s contemporaries. This is a slow, quiet, slice-of-life novel that has some very sad and poignant moments and isn‘t really my “thing” now that I‘m in my 40s. Alan Rickman‘s narration is gorgeous, of course, and I would recommend this for his vocal performance alone.

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DGRachel
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I started this at work today. I‘m really not sure why, other than it‘s narrated by Alan Rickman and I needed something to remind me why I don‘t cancel my Audible membership, as it certainly isn‘t their stellar customer service that keeps me spending my money there. 🙄

I wish the audio quality on this recording was better, because Rickman‘s voice is just gorgeous.

Ericalambbrown I will miss Mr Rickman forever. 😢 I just love him. His voice . . . 🖤 11mo
DGRachel @Ericalambbrown Me, too. I watch movies I don‘t like just because he is in them. 11mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit When I read the news of his death I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. I love him in everything I‘ve ever seen him in. 💔 11mo
mom2bugnbee @DGRachel @CindyMyLifeIsLit 🙋🏻‍♀️to both of your comments. 11mo
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Lcsmcat
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“The flames from funeral piles long ago kindled there had shone down upon the lowlands as these were shining now. Festival fires to Thor and Woden had followed on the same ground and duly had their day. Indeed, it is pretty well known that such blazes as this the heathmen were now enjoying are rather the lineal descendants from jumbled Druidical rites and Saxon ceremonies than the invention of popular feeling about Gunpowder Plot.” #litsyclassics

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PeregrineFalcon

So fortunate, to have gone to an amazing high-school, that offered a Great Books course, where we were able to explore art like this. Being taught by a erudite professor like Dr. Nici made it a master class.
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Side note: this book taught me I was no Eustacia. I am a traditionalist, not an adventurer. Though you have to love her spirit. #egdonheathforever #greatbooks #lovebooks #adifferenttomhardy #foresthills

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SaraBeagle
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Finishing up my summer of Hardy. This one was a little slow to get into, but the plot is picking up, as is the drama!

Bklover Heavy stuff for summer! Good for you! 👏👏👏 1y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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#requiredreadingredo

I had to read this book in high school. One of my least favorites ever. He drones on and on about the heath. . . One of the only times in my life I watched the movie instead of reading the book. I‘m not proud of it but it was #survival

ErinSueMreads Ohhhhh that‘s a good prompt idea. I think I‘ll make that a bonus prompt!! When I read the description I could feel my brain drying out 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @ErinSueG Hahaha😂😂 That‘s exactly how I felt!! 1y
mabell #survival 😂😂 1y
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Soubhiville I totally bailed on this one. 1y
CSeydel Aw I really liked this one in school! 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @Soubhiville It‘s pretty awful! 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @CSeydel I‘m glad someone likes it!!❤️ 1y
Centique @CSeydel I liked it too! That slow walk of the mother home from her sons house has stayed with me 😯 1y
CSeydel @Centique yesss! 🙌🏻 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @Centique @CSeydel I was probably too young to appreciate it. But it‘s been ruined for me forever 🙈 1y
CSeydel I do agree it seems an odd choice for high school. 1y
UnidragonFrag Never heard of this one either but the author sounded familiar and OH, Far From the Maddening Crowd. That's actually one I've been wanting to read after seeing the '67 movie. I don't usually like these ye olde language romances, but I dunno. 1y
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tricours
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Mehso-so

I forgot this book the second I finished it, and I'm not sure what to think about these characters or all the moral lessons to be learned. It *could* have been a good story, but I think the melodramatic writing ruined it...

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ReadZenRites
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
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MAY 3 PROMPT: Naked Books

This edition of #OldCoolBooks is a 1928 copy of Thomas Hardy‘s Return of the Native. It‘s spine is barely hanging together by a few stitches in the back, and as you can see from the wear, it‘s been removed and re-shelved a number of times. I love the fancy title page, but the story is not quite to my tastes (and from the few pencil notes I can still make out, it wasn‘t my great-aunt‘s favorite either)!❤️ #nakedbooks

Linsy I love that! Still connecting through books. 💗 2y
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andrew61
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#MayLovesClassics #LitsyClassics #heroine
I love the Hardy heroines and my teenage dreams probably had me rescuing damsels from villains in the wessex wilds- who shall i plump for today - it has to be the dark haired heroine Eustacia Vye.

merelybookish Cool cover! 2y
kathedron As someone who grew up in the "Wessex wilds" this has just made me snort my tea! ? 2y
batsy Can't wait to read more Hardy! Madding Crowd was my first and it was lovely. 2y
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CareBear
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Free ARC‘s, local authors, gorgeous new editions of favorites, gifts (not pictured), lots of bookmarks, and more to add my TBR! #indiebookstoreday

Lcsmcat The Hardy is beautiful! 2y
CareBear @Lcsmcat isn‘t it? She had a whole bunch of this collection, I wanted them all! 2y
Caroline2 The brutal telling is a great little book! 👍🏻 2y
rather_be_reading wow 😍 2y
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karenna
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#RiotGrams--day 17--an unreturned book. I loved my high school copy of "The Return of the Native" so much that I kept the lost copy that I later found. (Yes, I did have to pay a replacement fee.) My copy is pictured with my dog Hardy. I wonder how he got that name???‍♀️

Jess7 Cute 2y
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Fortifiedbybooks
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
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Isn't this #BlindDateWithABook so beautifully wrapped?! @Soubhiville even included a little butterfly magnetic bookmark 😆 Austin #Litsy meet up.

Soubhiville I hope you'll enjoy it! 2y
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chavalah
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I'm reading THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE for a buddy read on BookTube! I'm also about halfway through FRIENDS FOR LIFE for my Meg Wolitzer backlist reading project. Looking forward to her new book out next year! #stackedup

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catebutler
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Down to the last two hours of reading for the #24in48readathon. As I'm winding down, I can't believe how quickly today's reading has gone by. I've been dipping in & out of this Hardy novel for the past month via the app Serial Reader. Each day you receive a new section to read, w/ a wide selection of classics, it's been a great way to get to those lingering on my TBR. I'm also enjoying a cup of tea & 🍁 cookies this evening.

#24in48 @24in48

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jdtchicago
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy

Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?

CindyMyLifeIsLit I ask my husband that same question all the time! 😜 2y
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BookishTrish
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Which Signet Classic #wouldyourather read? #springcleaning

Suelizbeth Having read both, I would more readily reread The Return of the Native. As far as author's go, I prefer Hardy to Hawthorne. 3y
cariashley Hardy, for sure. 3y
LeahBergen Yep, I prefer Hardy to Hawthorne, as well. 3y
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jenniferw88
Mehso-so

Another @SerialReader book. 4⭐ but not one I'd rush back to read again.

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Lcsmcat
Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy

But the worst of it is that though Paul was excellent as a man in the Bible he would hardly have done in real life.

Lcsmcat Thomas Hardy is funnier than people give him credit for. 3y
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MKbookworm
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I had to read this in Brit Lit junior year of HS and I can not even tell you how many times I was so incrediably annoyed and over the book I slammed it down with hatred. When the agony of reading was finally done, I #threwitacrosstheroom. I just do not like Hardy's novels.
The red indicates how I so wanted to stab the novel with my note taking pen while reading it 😕 #photoadaynov16

TrishB I'm with you! Haven't found a Hardy novel I like! 3y
Moray_Reads I've only read Far From the Madding Crowd (loved it) and only because it's supposed to be the cheeriest of his novels 3y
MKbookworm @TrishB Glad I am not the only one! 3y
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MKbookworm @Moray_Reads That is one I haven't read. Maybe someday I will give Hardy another chance 3y
Moray_Reads @MKbookworm the BBC did an excellent dramatisation a while back and the film with Carey Mulligan is quite good if you want to test the waters first! 3y
DeborahSmall Lol this is one of my favourite Hardy novels. I love him!! 😍 3y
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JustTrish
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I'm pretty sure this is not what @LibrarianRyan meant when he chose #bestnarrator for today's #octphotochallenge but the only way I could get through this beast is listening to Alan Rickman read it. I'm only on ch. 7 and I still don't know what's going on, but those long rambling passages that bored me to tears - are now a little like savoring a fine wine .🍷

LibrarianRyan Miss Ryan, thinks this fits. I would so while away time listening to Alan Rickman. 🤓. P.s. Blame my dad for the guys name. It's his fault. And it happens all the time. 3y
JustTrish @LibrarianRyan Ack!sorry! Actually after I posted that it occurred to me that it might be wrong. These days I try not ti make assumptions! 3y
LibrarianRyan @JustTrish that's alright it happens all the time. I have to have Miss in front of everything or else people assume I'm using my guys card. 3y
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alisahar
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Need more bookshelves! #shelfie

Susannah I have that same edition of the first three Anne Shirley books! 👒❤️📚 3y
MrBook That's my constant problem, lol. 3y
alisahar @Susannah the problem is that I have to collect all the books I loved as a kid in addition to all the new books I want to read too! 3y
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alisahar @MrBook my other problem is no place to put the bookshelves 3y
MrBook That's another of my problems 😂😂👍🏻. 3y
Susannah @alisahar, oh yes, I know that problem well. 😩 3y
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Soubhiville
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I just received this from a stranger through a Facebook book exchange. It's the first one I've gotten, and I'm excited to read some favorite books of people who are friends if my friends 😃📚

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I haven't read that one in years! It brings back some great college memories though! 3y
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hwheaties
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Love this book. Love this quote.

CateKeesling That is an amazing quote!! 4y
hwheaties @CateKeesling thanks! I always return to it. So good. 4y
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