Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel. It centers on the lives of five characters: Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, Mr. Boldwood, Sgt. Troy, and Fanny Robin. The plot involves love, loyalty, death, and betrayal, and all this is delivered to us in Hardy's most eloquent prose. The images of character and nature are painted for our mind's eye with sublime style.
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Evocative rendition of a classic
- David Bogosian
Hardy is not always tough going. Wonderful!!
Not necessarily better, the feel of a good book is hard to beat. However the audio version has it's own benefits. It can be listened to anywhere and hearing Hardy's wonderful use of language can transport you back to a simpler time during a boring commute.
Everything. I've always loved the story from the very first line.
Gabriel Oak. I think the reader portrays him as Hardy wrote him, as a strong, dependable, loyal man.
Early on when Oak declares his love for Bathsheba and says “I shall do one thing in this life-one thing certain-this is, love you, and long of you, and keep wanting you till I die.”
The book is bursting with memorable quotes but this one stands out for me.
If you are one of those people that thought of gloom whenever Hardy was mentioned then Far from the madding crowd is the perfect cure for you. While it has its serious side its written with such style and humor that its little wonder that its popularity has stood the test of over 140 years.
A bargain at 14 dollars.