What is your favourite Thomas Hardy novel?
Thomas Hardy was from Dorset, my part of the world, and I love both his stories and the beautiful descriptions of the Dorset countryside at the last turn of the century. I find it hard to decide which is my favourite. How about you?
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, probably because it was the first one I read. Following that, I went through most of his novels and I think "Far from the Madding Crowd" is my next favourite - I also enjoyed the film of that. His novels mostly appear to follow a theme of unhappy first relationship, followed by happier second relationship. I found Jude the Obscure very sad.
Meg - I agree with all your observations. I also enjoyed the film version of Far From the Madding Crowd, and cried when I read Jude! Thanks for a well thought out answer.
Greetings my little DARKLINGS!
all of them!
Its got to be Far From the Madding Crowd. The title is electric and so is the plot three men grovelling over a woman
I, too, want to cast my vote for "Far from the Madding Crowd". Hardy is one of my favorite authors, and what I especially like is that there are no wasted characters. Even the seemingly random inn keeper introduced early in the story will become important. There are no coincidences in Hardy novels!
I like "The Return of the Native." I love the description of the moor at the beginning and the strange characters like Diggory Venn the Reddleman. The idea of coming home, but never being able to really belong there again, strikes a note with me, too.
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