Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership.

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  1. michelebbc

     /  November 23, 2012

    Just a thought, since last night: I wonder whether Hardy might have made Boldwood the center of his novel, if he’d written it 20 years later, and called it A Farmer’s Tragedy. We concentrate so much on Bathsheba (there is so much of her) that we tend to be happy with the book’s outcome. It could easily have been written differently, and Oak been viewed by Boldwood as a rival.
    Novels often reflect their authors’ states of mind when they were written, and I think that FFTMC might have had a very different tone, and denouement, had Tommy written it in later years.


  2. michelebbc

     /  November 23, 2012

    Ten of us met last night and discussed Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd.
    It averaged a score of 8.5, and I was delighted as it was my choice.
    Everybody had finished it (wow!), and we ended with a quiz that tested our comprehension of the novel. We achieved 26 correct answers from 26 multiple-choice questions, and didn’t need the choices for most of the answers, though some of them led to great hilarity and merriment.



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