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Far from the Madding Crowd (Revised)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Revised) | Thomas Hardy
Introduction and Notes by Norman Vance, Professor of English, University of Sussex. Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love. It tells of the dashing Sergeant Troy whose rakish philosophy of life was ‘…the past was yesterday; never, the day after’, and lastly, of the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love fills him with ‘…a fearful sense of exposure’, when he first sets eyes on Bathsheba. The background of this tale is the Wessex countryside in all its moods, contriving to make it one of the most English of great English novels.
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I spent part of the weekend reading this at a yoga festival. The book is better than I was expecting (never read Hardy before), and the festival was a little more eh than I was expecting. 🤷‍♀️😀

kricheal I've always wanted to go to a yoga retreat/festival, but I feel like I'm not new age enough to go🤷 2w
NHLibrarian @kricheal That was exactly how it felt!! 😜 2w
kricheal @NHLibrarian I took my youngest(13 yr old) with me to a three hour long workshop in the spring and she giggled the whole time and I was trying to be serious about it. There was meditation and other things too, I held it together most of the time because I really wanted to explore all of this and she was my partner in crime...but some of the people get really really into the breathing. I had to keep my eyes tight shut. 2w
kricheal I knew if I made eye contact with my daughter at that point I would've caught the giggles too. 😂😂 2w
NHLibrarian @kricheal Yup! I went alone, but I know if my partner was there it would have been impossible to not giggle at the chanting and rapping. 2w
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It may be that for a non-native like me English books are harder to listen to than to read.
I think I understand what I hear but audiobooks don‘t often touch me as a book that I read myself can do.
This book, for example, to me felt just like listening to a lot of landscape-with-sheep descriptions, and a soap opera in which three men circle around one woman. There must and will be more to it, but I missed it. #1001books

jenniferw88 Actually, that's pretty accurate when it comes to this book! 2mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Haha, you‘re right! But O think I miss some of the style or meaning that makes it one of the books I should read before I die...?! 2mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB there's the background of the Napoleonic Wars. Hardy was local-ish to me & i used this book for a uni presentation so feel free to ask me questions! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 that is interesting about the Napoleonic wars. Troy was a soldier of course but I didn‘t make the connection. What is your favorite Hardy? 2mo
jenniferw88 Probably this one, actually. I also like The Mayor of Casterbridge, but if you like plot twists/surprise endings I can thoroughly recommend 2mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I read and loved Tess! Hardy has 7 books on the list of 1001 books, so a lot to come. My next one will be the Mayor of Casterbridge! 2mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB ? enjoy! If you're wondering (you're probably not!), my uni presentation was on the literature of sexuality & i presented this book in "blind date" format! (Google "blind date cilla black" if you don't know the tv show!) 2mo
TrishB I think you summed up Hardy exactly right!! 2mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I Googled and I know that tv format. How cool to use that! I wonder how you did it?! 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB 😉😘 2mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB with a lot of help from my team partners! Basically the same format as the tv show with Bathsheba looking for 'mr right'! 2mo
Liz_M (Shameless plug 😁): I summarize the reason for the 1001-inclusion in my LT reviews: http://www.librarything.com/topic/191590#5285625
Basically, it's because of the scenery. 😂
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 That is so cool! I can visualize it completely! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M the link doesn‘t work? Which year did you read it? Then I can look it up myself! 2mo
Liz_M Shoot, I thought @litsy/LT had fixed the link-with-pound-signs problem. I read it in 2015, post 46 in my previous thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/191590 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Great and helpful review. You may like it too @jenniferw88 💜 2mo
Litsy @Liz_M On the web, yes. Fixing it on the app will have to wait for next release—it's not something we can just push without a proper update, unfortunately. 😞 2mo
Suet624 I‘m the same way with audiobooks. Fiction generally doesn‘t stand a chance. I can handle non-fiction on audio for some reason, but not fiction. 2mo
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My first Thomas Hardy book! 😁

readingjedi I have this copy & I absolutely love the painting used for the cover - so atmospheric! 3mo
SW-T This is my favorite Hardy, probably because it‘s the first one I read. 3mo
Ericalambbrown I‘ve never read Hardy. I really should remedy that. 2mo
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'But some women only require an emergency to make them fit for one.' - Pg 44


"...nobody has got me yet as a sweetheart... I hate to be thought men's property in that way..." -pg 26


'On a day which had a summer face and a winter constitution'. -Pg 22


'This well-favoured and comely girl soon made appreciable inroads upon the emotional constitution of young Farmer Oak.' -Pg 22


'She seemed to prefer a less tragic probability'. -Pg 20


'... a case more trying by far to the nerves is...' -Pg 12

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Happy Easter! I'm enjoying this beautiful spring day sitting out in the sunshine, reading, and sipping this Donut Shop coffee shot. How is your Sunday going?

CrowCAH Loved this book! Happy Easter 🐰 4mo
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Although Hardy labelled this a “pastoral tale”, it is far more. It is also considerably more than a romance, exploring as it does relations between the sexes, social class relations, and the human psyche, against the backdrop of Victorian Wessex. A remarkably insightful novel, and one of my firm favourites.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 4mo
abandonedonearth @Eggs Thank you! 4mo
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#classics #spring 🌼
I have a hard time reviewing classic books...
I will say this one was surprisingly hilarious every once in a while. 😆
I liked that it has a female main character 👍

Made me want to travel to the English countryside lol 🐏🐏🐏🐏🐏

Pricel101 Too few classics have a strong female mc like Bathsheba. Loved this book! Reco‘d by @youneverarrived @monalyisha #newyearwhodis 💛 💚 4mo
Carissa-Green-Reads She makes mistakes, she gets hurt, she figures stuff out. I like it very well. 4mo
abandonedonearth My second favourite fiction book! I have read it many times, and get just as pleasure from it each time. 4mo
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Starting book 7 of 30 for my 2019 goal!

I've been reading very heavy, dense fantasy stiff lately and I needed something easier. #amreading #classic scored a free kindle AND Audio copy! I do own the physical, I have been kind of switicng between all of them depending.


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BookwormM One of my favourite Hardy‘s 5mo
vkois88 I want to read this one 5mo
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Thomas Hardy
Jodi Picoult
Frankie Y Bailey
Michael Dorris
Tracey Tillis


britt_brooke Nice list! 6mo
Erofan 👍 great list! 6mo
SW-T @britt_brooke @Erofan Thanks! 😊 6mo
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You may have a reading problem when you are at a book club meeting for one book, knowing you have a paperback in hand, your kindle in your bag and an audiobook going if things get too loud before everyone arrives. Clearly I am living my best life!

LeahBergen 😆😆😆 7mo
merelybookish Always be prepared!! 7mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen , @merelybookish - my people! 👯‍♀️ 7mo
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❤️I watched this movie adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd last night: OH MY GOSH IT WAS SO GOOD❤️ It‘s one of my absolute FAVORITE books so I had high hopes and it really delivered!! I‘m so thrilled. I‘ll definitely watch it again. It had Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, and Tom Sturridge. If you like movie adaptations or period films any little bit at all, RUN DON‘T WALK to watch this one. Ahhhh Thomas Hardy forever!! 😍

Lcsmcat I love Hardy! I haven‘t seen this adaptation but will have to look for it. Which is your favorite novel? It‘s a tough call for me between FFMC and Return of the Native. 7mo
cewilf I‘ve had the book and the movie on my lists for years. I‘ll have to move them to the front of the line 😬 7mo
sprainedbrain I love Hardy, too, but haven‘t seen any adaptations. Going looking for this one! 7mo
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BethM My friend suggested this to me! 7mo
readordierachel I really liked it too! (Still need to read the book though...🙈) 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Oohhhh, lovely recommendation! Gotta read the book first, its been on my shelf for 20 years!! 2mo
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My #NewYearWhoDis match books, color-coded as one does. Thanks @sprainedbrain for lots of great options!

Green: have read
Red: least likely to read
Blue: own and have not read, top picks
Pink: do not own but interested and library has

#20 not visible is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I've read.

Cinfhen Like your system!!! 8mo
Cinfhen From the blues, I say read Golem & 8mo
VeganCleopatra @Cinfhen Thanks! I've been wanting to read Golem for so long so it is high up there for me, thanks for the extra endorsement. 8mo
monalyisha Another vote of support for Golem! 8mo
sprainedbrain Love your organization! 8mo
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Day 9 - #adventrecommends

This was a great read and a wonderful story that I think about often. It‘s about making the right choices in life.

It is a monster read but well worth it. I must read more from Thomas Hardy as I do like his writing!

Naj Oooo I love this book! 8mo
TrishB My daughters a big Hardy fan, I‘ve never really liked them 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
EadieB @TrishB it‘s not as exciting as reading thrillers but he is a good writer! 8mo
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Ruthiella I‘ve never read Hardy. His reputation for tragedy has kept me away! 8mo
SW-T This is one of my favorites. Love Hardy ❤️😊 8mo
Q84 I audiobooked this and loved it! My first Hardy. 8mo
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Boldwood is a #jealousguy whose rash actions lead to tragedy. A story as old as time... My first Hardy novel that I enjoyed reading with my fellow Litsy buddy readers 🙂

#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts That was a fun read. Yes Boldwood got quite obsessed & strange in the end 😳... great pick 👍🏻 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Haven‘t read this one🙈 9mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, and thanks for motivating me to read this one :) More Hardy awaits 🙌🏽 9mo
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Moray_Reads Good choice 9mo
Billypar This is a classic that I've wanted to read just because I like the title. Not sure if that's a good enough reason by itself...I should probably learn more about Hardy ☺️ 9mo
batsy @Moray_Reads Thanks! 9mo
batsy @Billypar I do recommend it! I'm planning to tackle Jude the Obscure next by him at some point... Sounds suitably doomy and gloomy 😂 9mo
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#litsyclassics #harvest

I remember this book describes some lovely countryside and agricultural scenes...sheep-shearing, hay-making and harvesting the corn,.. and also the harvest threatened by a sudden storm.

Cathythoughts Loved this book ❤️👍🏻 10mo
Kalalalatja I really need to read more Hardy, I love his descriptions of nature 👌 10mo
Kimberlone Yes, Hardy somehow makes sheep sheering sexy 10mo
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Words. Lots and lots of words. More words than story so far. I‘ve never read Hardy, is he always like this?

DeborahSmall 😂 oh I love this so much!! 10mo
Nutmegnc @DeborahSmall 😹😜🙀 10mo
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I just started reading this book and I'm enjoying it.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎃📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
unique Thanks 10mo
unique @rather_be_reading thanks dear 10mo
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This was a dream re-read. Hardy remains one of my favourite writers. Far From the Madding Crowd is beautifully written, the description of landscape unrivalled. It‘s a soap-opera style triumph. Gabriel is the ultimate, dreamy love interest, Bathsheba makes innumerable absurd life choices, what a story! Hardy never fails to entertain me.

Redwritinghood I‘ve always loved Hardy too, but I don‘t think I‘ve read this one. Will have to fix that! 11mo
CareBear He‘s one of my favorites too! 11mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood it‘s a goodie, it‘s not Tess, but nothing measures up to Tess for me! 11mo
ClairesReads @CareBear same! Such beautiful writing 11mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser I have this too! Must get on to listening to this soon 2mo
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Old mate, Thomas Hardy just nailing it again 👌🏻 #rereading

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This book is way more exciting than these chapter titles make it sound 😂😂💯

monalyisha 😅 11mo
BarbaraBB Lol 😂 11mo
batsy So true 😂 11mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB @batsy @monalyisha the chapter titles made me laugh! 11mo
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I love Thomas Hardy and could@this new edition be any more beautiful! #foliolove

Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 11mo
CoffeeCatsBooks I have the set Folio did of the Thomas Hardy‘s them many years ago & love them. Looks like they are re-releasing them. Wonder if they‘ll do a box set again. 11mo
LeahBergen Buy it! 👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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⚀ Tagged
⚁ Tana French
⚂ Fake or Fortune - it's a UK programme based on finding out whether people's paintings are genuine articles by famous people on Sunday evenings - for example yesterday's was on sketchbooks of Toulouse-Loutrec
⚃ French Fries

#ManicMonday @JoScho

KathyWheeler I love Tana French! I still haven‘t read The Trespasser yet though; I need to get on that as she‘s got that new one coming out. 12mo
sudi That show sounds fun 12mo
JoScho 🍟❤️😊 12mo
CarolynM Loved watching Fake or Fortune - so interesting! 12mo
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My favourite #localauthors book is free on Kindle today if any of the #jb group are interested in the area I live in! @Kaye @ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads Yessss! I will check it out! Love to learn more about your area! 12mo
Kaye Thank you Jennifer ! 12mo
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{#everdene2018 🖤🌻}

I‘ve finished FFtMC. It was a ride! It had its ups and downs for me. I found a couple of parts really quite unnecessary and dull, whilst other parts had such beautiful and poetic prose that I was hard pressed to put the book down. I found Gabriel Oak a sweet, sincere and interesting character but really I disliked every other character in the book for one reason or another. #bookaddict #booklover #bookish #bookblog #bookworm

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{#everdene2018 updates} 🖤🌻

I‘m now on chapter nine after reading only a chapter today of this. I‘m really enjoying it, I‘m addicted to Hardy‘s beautiful description and I‘m very curious about dear Gabriel Oak and how he will develop as a character. I‘m also though emotionally not in the right place to keep a consistent rhythm with reading the book so I‘m going a bit slow. Tomorrow is a new day!#bookaddict #booklover #bookblog #bookish #bookworm

VioletBramble Beautiful cover. 13mo
Cathythoughts Yes lovely cover & beautiful book to read 13mo
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Just a mini shoutout to Laurie for this divine Chai Masala tea. It is taking my relaxing morning to the next level! 👌🏻

laurenbescoby Yey! Glad you like it! It's one of my favourites so I like to share it with others. I get a couple of boxes from the companys website everytime I put a hamper gift together. 😊 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @miralunasbooknook it tastes so good. I may have to order a box myself 😹😹👏 13mo
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laurenbescoby They also do the best shortbread ever...😋 13mo
GatheringBooks you are so lucky to be able to tag!! i can‘t seem to do it. only very few people i am able to tag. 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Which brand is your chai? Sounds yummy! (edited) 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @Miralunasbooknook Ooh! That sounds great. I love shortbread 😹😹 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @gatheringbooks I can only tag if I type out the name in full and only in comments. Apparently Litsy is aware of the problem and trying to fix it x 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @4thhouseontheleft I believe it‘s called Brodie‘s x 13mo
laurenbescoby @4thhouseontheleft google brodies 1867 they're based in scotland 😊 x 13mo
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I‘m finally home and settled and it feels so nice. Especially with so many new books to come home too! And the news that we‘re going to Cornwall for our next vacation and I get to visit Greenway — the summer home of Agatha Christie. 🖤😱

Anyway, over the next few weeks I‘m going to be reading Far From the Madding Crowd with the lovely Ani and Cat. Hardy fans here? #bookaddict #booklover #bookblog #classics

CoffeeNBooks I've only read The Mayor of Casterbridge, but have several of his other books on my bookshelf waiting to be read! 13mo
readingjedi I love Hardy. At uni I took a module entitled The Works of Thomas Hardy. At the first seminar a fellow student told me she hadn't done the reading because she didn't know which book we'd be studying. I mentally face palmed as I'd spent the previous 3 weeks reading his ENTIRE oeuvre including the poetry! 3 weeks, 12+ hours a day ... it was bliss!!! 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @coffeenbooks Ahh! That‘s lovely. I still need to get that one x 13mo
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Sophoclessweetheart @readingjedi That sounds so fun! Which was your favourite of his works? X 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @readingjedi Wow! Tess of the D'Urbervilles is on my TBR stack for August. What's your favorite Hardy novel? I've only read a little bit of his poetry. 13mo
readingjedi @Sorceryandswords It was intense, that's for sure! Tess is my favourite but I also love Return of the Native & Mayor of Casterbridge. 13mo
readingjedi @CoffeeNBooks Tess is my all-time favourite. I love his poetry too. 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @readingjedi Ah! I‘m hoping to read Tess next! I want to read all his works. I‘m loving his writing x 13mo
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Far From the Madding Crowd tells the story of beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, a fiercely independent woman who inherits a farm and decides to run it herself. She rejects a marriage proposal from Gabriel Oak, a loyal man who takes a job on her farm after losing his own in an unfortunate accident. I loved watching the relationship between Bathsheba and Gabriel evolve. Teaches a good lesson about being careful when you turn down your first suitor!

Lcsmcat I loved this in high school, and still did when I reread it decades later. I wish they still taught Hardy in schools. 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart I‘m reading this at the moment x 13mo
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robinb I enjoyed the recent movie adaptation...need to read the book now. (edited) 13mo
EadieB @lcsmcat @soceryandswords @robinb I loved this book! Such a great story! 13mo
Liz_M The happiest Hardy ♥ 13mo
MicrobeMom Totally agree with your review!!! 13mo
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Thomas Hardy my love- next up on @SerialReader

Redwritinghood Yes! I am also a big fan of his work. 13mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood he is great 13mo
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One last post before bed... 🖤🌻

#currentlyreading — Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I‘ve finished Sourcery this evening and now my heart craves its roots, that is classics. Because honestly, they‘re my go-to genre. I feel most comfortable with them, I enjoy them most of all. Fantasy is a fun escape and I do love it but I was raised a classics lover.

What is your go-to genre? #thomashardy #bookaddict #booklover

ephemeralwaltz Lovely photo! 13mo
ephemeralwaltz As always!! Xx 13mo
Kalalalatja I really need to read more Hardy 😍 13mo
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ElaineHowlin I love this book!! My go to genre is urban fantasy but i read almost everything. 13mo
CareBear Hardy is one of my favorite authors!! 😍 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @ephemeralwaltz Thank you so much dear 👏👏🖤🖤 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @Kalalalatja He‘s sooo good isn‘t he? 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @ElaineHowlin That‘s good to hear! 👏 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @CareBear Aww! I love him but I‘ve not read enough of his books to say he‘s a favourite x 13mo
JazzFeathers Fantasy all the way! But l'm very partial to mystery too. I often enjoy classic horror (not splatter) and historical (especially early XX century) 13mo
Cathythoughts Loved this book 13mo
Cathythoughts Go to genre ???? Classic or thriller 13mo
BooknerdsLife Gorgeous photo 😍💕 My go to will always be Fantasy & Classics Mystery like Agatha Christie & Sherlock Holmes🤗 They are my comfort read💖💛 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @cathythoughts Im glad to hear you loved it. And great go to genres! 13mo
Sophoclessweetheart @booknerdslife Thank you Eliza ! Oh yes! My go to is forever classics but mystery and fantasy are a close second. Especially classic mystery and classic fantasy ! 👌🏻🖤 13mo
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Gabriel Oak thinks #GotToGetYouIntoMyLife when he meets Bathsheba Everdene. Some time and many mishaps later they agree #WellBeTogether
#HeyJune #JuneItsElectrifying

Cinfhen Aren‘t you clever! 😘😘 14mo
Cathythoughts Excellent & the cover says it all for the prompt... 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 14mo
vkois88 Perfect! 14mo
GypsyKat Well done! 14mo
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Only my second Hardy, but I think it‘s safe to say I‘m a fan.

I loved everything about this book: the twisty story of friendship, love, and figuring life out, the character development, and especially the completely unorthodox female character that is Bathsheba Everdene. She goes from poor to rich, and from independent and brazen to lovesick and sad and then back again. So very good!



BarbaraBB Great review! 1y
SW-T This was my first (and still favorite) Hardy. Good stuff. 1y
Kimberlone This is such a good one. And a major change of pace from his other novels that are mostly doom and gloom and sadness. 1y
batsy My first Hardy and I enjoyed it so much! 1y
JaclynW Great review! Hardy is a favorite of mine. I've read 3 so far from him. My favorite is still probably 1y
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1. Mr. Thornton and Margaret Hale from North and South, Alanna and Marko from Saga, Bathsheba and Gabriel Oak from the tagged book. Basically couples who grow and evolve together
2. Catherine and Heathcliff!!
3. Amy and Jake from Brooklyn Nine nine !
4. Amal and George Clooney.
This was so much fun !!
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️👫❤️ 1y
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A fave by Hardy and one of my #modernlibraryclassics collection

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#readingresolutions @Jess7
My #favcharactername has to be Bathsheba Everdene from ‘Far from the Madding Crowd‘... 💕

Kalalalatja That is quite a name! 1y
KarenUK @Kalalalatja when you compare it to other 19th century literary heroines... it does stand out! 😂 1y
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This classic tale of love and misunderstanding is beautiful to read. I like the depiction of Hardy‘s romantic relationship based on love and friendship on equal grounds. 😊💑

#litsyclassics #maylovesclassics #lovestory

Bambolina_81 I have this on my #litsyclassics list. I can't wait to get to it. Lovely photograph too! 1y
CarolynM Great choice! 1y
ephemeralwaltz I'll get to this one one day! 1y
larah17 This is a really pretty picture! ✨ 1y
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 1y
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Wineandbooks Off to book club with @Cathythoughts and friends to discuss this wonderful classic 🍷💕 📖 1y
Cathythoughts Yes ! We are having a great discussion of Far From The Madding Crowd.... which was picked by @Wineandbooks 1y
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“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.” Enjoyed finally finishing Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Looking forward to watching the movie someday!

RaimeyGallant Fantastic quote!!! 1y
EadieB Just finished this book! Loved it! 13mo
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My daughter is visiting and asked me if I wanted to go to the book store. #sillyquestion

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In this pastoral tale of 19th century rural England, Hardy‘s beautiful rendition of the nature and idyllic landscapes really appeal to the senses and we learn of life and works on the farm. His portrayal of his heroine, I find he tend to focus on her sexuality, yet sympathetic on her, and the men are mainly archetypes. 👇

erzascarletbookgasm Light and funny in parts, it is easy to read and I liked how B matured over the years. I also like Hardy‘s depiction of a romantic relationship based on both love and friendship on equal grounds. I‘m so glad I joined in - thanks for the fun read along! #ffthemaddingcrowd
SilversReviews Pretty cover. 1y
Cathythoughts It is a beautiful rendition. Lovely review ❤️. I‘m so glad we all read this together ... 1y
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batsy Great review! It was interesting to see Bathsheba's growth over the years. In contrast, it was unnerving how Boldwood had maintained the same pitch of obsession 🙁 1y
LeeRHarry Nice review 😊 have to admit I found Bathsheba profoundly irritating at times 😏 1y
Lcsmcat Great cover! I love Hardy but my editions are all older with boring covers. 1y
CarolynM Lovely review! I like your point about the nature of the central relationship - I think that's what made it satisfying. I'm glad to have shared this reading experience. @batsy Yes and yes! @LeeRHarry Me too! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @SilversReviews @Lcsmcat I like this cover but I‘ve seen some interesting ones, especially the vintage editions, they‘re gems! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @batsy @LeeRHarry @CarolynM thanks. 😊 I‘ve read Mayor of Casterbridge in school, don‘t remember a thing about it or Hardy, so this read along is satisfying. In the earlier part, I found B not likeable but have grown to understand her a bit more. Oak has my sympathies. 🙂 (edited) 1y
SilversReviews @erzascarletbookgasm Oooooo....I bet they are nicer. 1y
youneverarrived Fab review! 👍 Agree about Bathsheba @batsy I think that‘s why I found Boldwood a bit ‘weird‘, his unrelenting obsession with her 😬 1y
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My first proper read of Hardy & I am surprised by how much I loved his writing. Symphonic, intricate sentences. Hardy's "Wessex" area is described with affection & love; reading this is as close to being transported to another place. I feel Hardy depicts "benevolent patriarchy" through his male characters who still think of women as property, but what a fierce, complex creation is Bathsheba! Her character resists lazy, sexist interpretations.

CarolynM Great review! Glad you enjoyed the experience to. I think Hardy was a lot more sympathetic to the position of women than a lot of his contemporaries, but didn't see the possibility of much improvement. 1y
rohit-sawant Great review! Looking forward to pick this up soon. And love the picture! 1y
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saresmoore Nice photo! I really appreciate your interpretation. I think it is a unique gift of yours to read with such an open mind that you can readily draw out the good, bad, and ugly in any story and connect it with the author and their context. You‘ve got fresh eyes. And you write blurbs & reviews like a BOSS. I‘m surprised a publishing house hasn‘t hounded you to work for them yet! 1y
Cathythoughts Great review, I also felt his great love of his countryside... and I love you picture. It‘s very interesting & yet looks so simple ❤️👍🏻 1y
LauraBeth I completely agree with @saresmoore! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Agree with what @saresmoore said. Your reviews are insightful and your interpretations are eye-openers for me! I wish Litsy has some sort of recognition for the best reviewers among Littens.🎖Great review 👍 1y
Redwritinghood 👏👏 Nice review. I‘ve always loved Hardy, but I admit that I haven‘t read any of his work in a few years. This makes me want to do that again soon. 1y
batsy @CarolynM Thank you! Excellent point, it does make me want to learn more about his life. 1y
batsy @rohit-sawant @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊 1y
batsy @saresmoore @LauraBeth @erzascarletbookgasm Aww stop 😘😘😘 You are all very kind, thank you so much ❤️ 1y
batsy @Redwritinghood Thank you! I'm very keen to discover more of his work :) 1y
youneverarrived Brilliant review! 🙌 1y
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! 1y
CaitlinR Isn‘t it great to find that a classic is so satisfying? Anyone interested is a discussion group — we wouldn‘t have to only focus on dead whit guys. 😀 1y
batsy Forgot to add: Letter F for #litsyclassics 1y
LeeRHarry Fab review 😊 Hardy's love of the countryside was very clear to see I thought too 💕 1y
batsy @LeeRHarry Thank you! I'm still ambling about somewhere in "Hardy's Wessex" ? 1y
Caroline2 Ohhhh 😯 what a lovely edition! 💕 1y
batsy @Caroline2 Thanks! Was pleased to find it at a remainders store :) 1y
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Something you'd find in contemporary feminist theory! In this way, Hardy reminds me of Dostoevsky. How his characters speak for different philosophies & ideologies. While ownership over women pervades the text in how men react to Bathsheba, there is something tender about B & Oak's friendship, the possibility of going beyond games of seduction designed to "trap" women. And B herself is a complex answer to the #cruelworld of patriarchy. #aprella

Cathythoughts Excellent @batsy I remember reading that quote you posted. I agree that B & Oaks relationship is different - better different 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Sophoclessweetheart You‘re making me more and more eager to pick up this book💛 1y
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batsy @Cathythoughts Yes! I just like the feeling that in the text he is trying to work it out, a better kind of relationship, even if it's still problematic... Best part of reading the classics is discovering how many authors seemed ahead of their time! 1y
batsy @Wanderingwithwords I expected Hardy to be a bore, honestly, so I had very low expectations and was just pleasantly surprised ☺️ 1y
Cinfhen Wow! Didn‘t expect that!!! Great quote 1y
Sophoclessweetheart It‘s always wonderful when that happens 😊💛 1y
Izai.Amorim Since then do men express feelings? (Half joke, half serious question.) 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Well described, the relationship between the two. 👍 1y
batsy @Izai.Amorim Ha! The book is quite interesting in that men are expressing their feelings all the time! But as to how and to what end and the ethical implications (with regards to "getting the girl") seem to be the questions that Hardy is asking. 1y
Izai.Amorim @batsy sounds like a good one to read. TBR... 1y
saresmoore Great connections, as always! I can absolutely see the comparison to Dostoevsky. I was also struck by the uniqueness of this group of men all expressing something deeper than just opinions. Dammit, now I‘m going to have to pick this up again. I knew this would happen. 1y
iporto Virginia Woolf also brings this theme in A Room of one's onw. 1y
emilyhaldi Well now I feel quite analytical this morning and have an urge to read some classics! ☺️ 1y
Mdargusch Haha! @Izai.Amorim 1y
rohit-sawant Brilliantly written blurb! 🙌🏻 Really looking forward to read Hardy. Would this be a good place to start? 1y
batsy @saresmoore Oops, sorry ? Yes, that's true it did feel unique and it was interesting to see what Hardy did with each of these male "types"... 1y
batsy @iporto Yes, definitely! A brilliant book. 1y
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you! This is my first Hardy as such (not counting the time I tried, and failed, to read Jude as a teen 😆). To me it did feel like a good place to start, very accessible and a narrative that pulls you along! 1y
Reviewsbylola Definitely food for thought. 1y
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