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Would you try another book written by Thomas Hardy or narrated by Nigel Lambert and Eve Karpf ?
Written by Thomas Hardy: yes. I've read or listened to most of his prose and poetry, and am happy to read it again - some of it several times!
Narrated by Lambert and/or Karp: yes, but only if it was a book I wanted to read. They are both good narrators but when it comes down to it who reads a book is secondary to the book itself.
What did you like best about this story?
The Fiddler of the Reels
Hardy's humour. His ear for dialogue. His love of music. The setting of the story at a crucial time in British history, when the railway is accelerating great social changes.
For Conscience' Sake
Hardy's humanity, displayed here by his showing up the unkindness - and idiocy - of the Victorians' obsession with trying to force people to submit to rigid Christian standards of behaviour heedless of how much misery may result, how many potentially happy and useful lives wasted.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The description in The Fiddler of the Reels of the climactic five-handed reel in the inn, a bewitching, exhausting dance that Hardy must have seen (and accompanied on his fiddle) many times over as a youth..
Do you think Thomas Hardy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No. Hardy has been dead for 90 years, so unless there are any undiscovered sequels among his papers there can be no follow up to these stories. Anyway, they are complete in themselves.
Any additional comments?
The stories make a well contrasted pair. My only (mild) gripe about the book is that it's called 'The Short Stories of Thomas Hardy' when it should called 'Two Short Stories by Thomas Hardy'.