Posted by Kay on September 17, 1998 at 10:35:31:
In response to Continuing to read, written by Cheryl on September 16, 1998 at 17:54:07
] This is my first Hardy read. Like you, somehow I've known the plot line or at least knew that Hardy was very depressing and so never took the time to read it. But I have been enjoying this read. I like his descriptions of the land and his analogies, the emotions of his characters feel real, very beautiful writing.
You're right. . . the writing is very beautiful, the descriptions are wonderful, the analogies are original. Although the story can be depressing, I love reading Hardy. And he was trying to change staid, almost ossified Victorian opinions.
I thing Pemberleyans would enjoy "Far From the Madding Crowd," however. It is a little more upbeat than other Hardy stories and it has a happy ending. Although the characters of Bathsheba and Gabriel have different personality types, I see some similarities to Emma and Mr. Knightley.
And those who get disgusted with Angel Clare and Alec D'Urberville can rest assured that Hardy did know how to present a more perfect hero.
- oops Chael 22:07:08 9/18/98 (0)
- My favourite Hardy heroe Constanza 13:53:41 9/17/98 (3)
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