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Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's first major literary success and it edited with an introduction and notes by Rosemarie Morgan and Shannon Russell in Penguin ClassicsIndependent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area Her bold presence draws three very different suitors the gentleman farmer Boldwood soldier seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak Each in contrasting ways unsettles her decisions and complicates her life and tragedy ensues threatening the stability of the whole community The first of his works set in the fictional county of Wessex Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships


10 thoughts on “Far from the Madding Crowd

  1. says:

    Two people have complained that there are spoilers in this review Read at your own peril Hi I'm Bathsheba Everdene And I'm Poor Decision Making Bathsheba Everdene I sent a random Valentine to a guy on a neighboring farm asking him to marry me even though I don't even like him This turned him into an annoying semi stalker who spent the next several years begging me to marry him for reals And then in a further display of my terrible judgment I married a philandering asshole who only wanted my money and my luminescent beauty The girl he really loved starved to death with his unwanted child so he spent a bunch of my money to buy her a really great headstone and then ran away to join the circus And then when he came back from the circus for no reason whatsoever the semi stalker shot him AT CHRISTMAS In front of the whole county Don't be like this me Marry Gabriel Oak on page 25 like you should have you silly cow


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    This was just so good Sheep are such unfortunate animals there's always something happening to them I never knew a flock pass a year without getting into some scrape or other SheepSheeeeeepMore sheepI love sheep They are so cute But sheep are actually not the reason why I love this book so much That would be silly But I do love the fact that Gabriel Oak was a shepherd and not say a pig farmer Anyways Even though this story takes place in rural Wessex and is filled with sheep and fields and moonlit nights and beautiful descriptions there is a lot to it than just animals and landscapes Far From the Madding Crowd is the poignant moving and brilliant story of Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors Love is a possible strength in an actual weaknessBathsheba Everdene; strong wilful independent and above all beautiful Bathsheba is a woman ahead of her time She doesn't shy away from work she is courageous intrepid and cannot be tamed I read a lot of romances in which the heroines do nothing than sip afternoon tea while entertaining callers and attend balls and soirees and drink the waters in Bath But here we have a heroine who can do it who is a farmer and takes on a lot of duties She starts out as her own bailiff superintends and manages everything and boldly enters the world of market a world of men Bathsheba is uniue and attractive and she turned every man's head She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made She was indispensable to high generation hated at tea parties feared in shops and loved at crisesEnter Suitor #1Gabriel Oak What a man I'm completely head over heels in love with him I shall do one thing in this life one thing certain that is love you and long for you and keep wanting you till I dieGabriel is the kind of man you feel completely safe and secure around He's the type who cherishes and protects those he loves sheep or otherwise Pand he's always there to save the day I lost count of how many times he did it during the course of the novel counsel or simply to lend a should to cry on He is so reliable honest and trustful that one can tell him anything and confide any secret to him; he's sure to keep it and give you good advice Oak has over incredible self control He's not a man you need to fear If you tell him you don't want to marry him he sucks it up and humbly accepts it even though he may be hopelessly in love with you and will never bother you with advances and declarations again unless you hint that you are ready to welcome them Gabriel is also the kind of employee that every employer wants He is serious hard working always alert and extremely helpful He's constantly going the extra length to make sure that everything is running smoothly on the farm and that all is well and working He falls in love with Bathsheba early on so early in fact that it is difficult to figure out what he sees in her to make him love her so Being poor he has nothing to offer her save his love and all his wonderful ualities but unfortunately that is not enough for Miss Stubborn Bathsheba Everdene So enter Suitor #2William Boldwood Possesses most of the ualities listed above plus money and property Should be good enough for you this time Bathsheba eh? 'My life is a burden without you' he exclaimed in a low voice 'I want you I want you to let me say I love you again and again'Mr Boldwood starts out as the epitome of thriving bachelorhood He presents the picture of a hard working serious and brooding man who is uite happy living and working alone and who hasn't wasted a thought on women and marriage in years No woman no troubles no drama Everything is going really well for him and he did sound like a very good man; poised composed upright principles good ways of living etcIn short he's uite a catch and any woman who married him would be assured protection security and a good positionand undying passion?With Boldwood it's all or nothing Either he doesn't give any woman a thought or he will give one woman all his thoughts And the lucky girl isBathsheba Everdene Wee Brace yourselves because Boldwood is as stubborn as Bathsheba and about to make a complete cake of himself by not being able to take no for an answer He probably proposes over fifty times during the course of the novel Not a good sign It was a fatal omission of Boldwood's that he had never once told her she was beautifulCue Suitor #3Sergeant Francis Troy No good ualities okay maybe a few no money no position no house BUTGOOD LOOKS AND SENSUALITY HELL YES 'I've seen a good many women in my time but I've never seen a woman so beautiful as you'Sergeant Troy is the handsome seductive rake who has no morals and no apparent life purpose The past and the future mean nothing to him He is careless impulsive rash and a complete asshole But he is charming and tantalizing to a fault and knows only too well how to infiltrate himself into women's lives When the lovely Bathsheba catches his eye he becomes caught in the moment and would give anything to win herbut does he love her? And importantly does she love him? Alas her vanity has at last been flattered When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw awayWho doesn't love a good Victorian love triangle? ; Caught in the web of their own self inflicted actions and the resulting conseuences these characters will have to go through a series of trials and events happy and sad trying and uplifting before we come to a satisfactory conclusion The story is written in an incredibly beautiful flowing and passionate way full of uotable parts as we can observe since I can't seem to stop uoting and extraordinary descriptions I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading this novel And I also learned a lot of things too Lessons to Remember From Far From the Madding Crowd When you live in a hut and make a fire always keep one window open unless you want to suffocate to deathSheep although very cute are pretty dumb animalsCover your ricks when it rainsSending a random Valentine to your elder bachelor neighbour is not exactly a good idea Especially if said Valentine says Marry Me on the seal why the heck did she have a seal that said 'marry me' in the first place anyways? and you have absolutely no intention of ever marrying that man for real Sheep can die from eating clover and only a certain capable skillful heart melting shepherd can save themWatch out when planting flowers around gravesDon't keep anything in your hands or close by when you go to a fair and are sitting next to the canvas stealers ya knowDon't freaking trust bailiffs Those guys are overrated Be your own bailiff Unless you can have Gabriel Oak Always choose Gabriel if you canDON'T LEAD MEN ON WHEN YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF GETTING INTIMATE WITH THEMDon't make promisesproposals or any other kind of rash demands on Christmas EveChristmas day so as to not ruin your enjoyment of the holiday if it goes awry Don't buy things for your future significant other in preparation for your hypothetical wedding effin' weird seriouslyDon't creep up during the night to ride your own horse if you weren't expected at home stealers ya know againWhen you feel overwhelmed and completely distressed spend the night in a marsh The dense stifling air will help clear your headDon't keep your husband's ex girlfriend's coffin inside your house May cause serious breakdowns And last but not least ALWAYS ASK ABOUT THEIR EXESHonestly though on a scale of 1 to Mr Boldwood I have definitely reached his level of obsession with this book and have spent the whole day repeatedly stating that I finished it and it was so good and I can't wait to see the movie and ahhhI loved this Every bit is delicious from Gabriel's tender devotion to Boldwood's mad obsession and Troy's promising passion along with Bathsheba's evolutions and strengths and weaknesses Hardy was certainly one love expert WowAnd Wessex I want to go thereSo beautiful What a way Oak had she thought of enduring things Boldwood who seemed so much deeper and higher and stronger in feeling than Gabriel had not yet learnt any than she herself the simple lesson which Oak showed a mastery of by every turn and look he gave that among the multitude of interests by which he was surrounded those which affected his personal well being were not the most absorbing and important in his eyesSigh That too is beautiful And it perfectly sums up the whole book minus Troy's shenanigans And it is why I love Gabriel so much Buddy read with Becca D


  3. says:

    The heart wants what the heart wantsNo that is not from this book I just thought it would have been a good tagline for the 2015 movie adaptation of this classic they went with Based on the classic love story by Thomas Hardy instead Serve you right you silly cowThat is also not from the book but it's a sentence that popped into my mind while reading some later parts of the book Fuck off BoldwoodStill not from the book but I wish it was It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirsNow that is from the book which is brimming with uotable lines Not being a woman I don't know how true it is but I find this one very interesting Thomas Hardy was not a woman either unlike George Eliot but I am sure he had much better insight than I doFor some clarification of this uote please refer to the comments section after the reviewThis is the latest of my ongoing project to read classic books in audiobook format I find that printed books reuire patience and commitment Far from the Madding Crowd is basically the story of Bathsheba Everdene and how her three suitors affect her life This is my second Thomas Hardy book Jude the Obscure was the first I found Jude the Obscure very depressing though uite a gripping read I am glad to report this book is somewhat upbeat somewhat being the operative word What a gloom merchant Hardy seems to be was he a buzz killer at parties? I can not fault his talent as a writer though his prose is consistently beautiful and elegant his characters are well developed and vivid His plot twists and turns are often unpredictableLooking at the protagonist Bathsheba Everdene considering her wit and intelligence how she ends up choosing to marry the worst of the three suitors is hard to imagine Obviously in the context of the book she is dazzled by Troy's oily charms but I find it a little out of character and feel like she chooses him to drive the plot forward If she had chosen the best man out of the three we would have ended up with a short story of noneventMay 1 2015 that isOf the other two that Boldwood seems to have a very appropriate name His wood makes him bold sorry His bullying Bathsheba into submission is hard to take apparently he his a man driven by passion or his little fireman Gabriel Oak is the perfect gentleman throughout I am not surprised Bathsheba does not choose him to begin with he seems like a safe and dull choiceIf the overall plot of the book seems like a soap opera I may have misrepresented it There is a lot of psychological insight here about human nature and how we often make the wrong choices based on superficiality As mentioned earlier this novel is not as grim as Jude the Obscure the first half of the book is in generally good spirit the story becomes very dark towards the end of the book but ended on a moderately cheerful note I find the ending a little predictable but very satisfying I imagine most readers would want the book to end just like this and perhaps Hardy did not want to alienate his readers too much and indulge in a gloomy ending as seems to be his wontAn enjoyable book to read when you are in the mood for a classic or some pastoral mayhemI have not read Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles yet but it sounds really depressing Can't waitNotes I do love to read Hardy's uniue brand of depressing fun if you like this review I hope you will check out my other Hardy reviews• Tess of the D'Urbervilles • Jude the Obscure• The Mayor of Casterbridge • The Return of the Native • The Woodlanders • I have not seen any of the film adaptations if you have please let me know what you think in the comments thanks


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    Bathsheba Everdene a gorgeous mesmerizing young woman 22 the formerly poor now rich girl she inherited a prosperous large farm from her late uncle set in rural Wessex Dorset southwest England in the 1860's has three very different suitors common Gabriel Oak eight years older a shepherd and fine flute player who will soon lose his sheep the first time he sees her Miss Everdene is admiring herself in a hand mirror and smiling William Boldwood a wealthy good looking farmer and neighbor but middle aged bachelor at 40 when she sends the rather standoffish man as a silly joke anonymously a Valentine's Day card telling him to marry her he falls insanely in love after discovering the identity of the writer and the handsome dashing irresistible youthful rake Sergeant Francis Frank Troy a couple of years her senior in the British cavalry he woos by displaying his amazing swordsmanship that both scares and thrills her it is no surprise the winner of this contest Miss Everdene has only one real friend and confidant her patient loyal servant Liddy they are always together in her huge house the independent but still frightened woman is strangely lonely running the big farm solely with no experience to guide her A few days after Bathsheba's arrival a pretty pleasant maid of the house Fanny Robin 20 mysteriously disappears into the night rumors say she fled to be with her lover a soldier in a nearby town but nobody can be sure Later after turning down marriage proposals from Mr Oak and Mr Boldwood to her ultimate regret and considerable sufferings Bathsheba secretly weds the unstable not in her own village of Weatherbury but in another small community the fickle Mr Troy she was understandably dazzled But Frank soon becomes restless bored his nature is to wander he has little to do on the farm the unemployed but capable Gabriel hired to work there has taken charge of the laborers and farm also the love distracted Mr Boldwood's land too By accident Troy meets Fanny on a deserted road with his wife he recognizes her in the dark Bathsheba doesn't but grows very suspicious the unfortunate girl needs immediate help Frank gives her a little money and promises Miss Robin to see her the next dayBut unforeseen events prevents that from happening and terrible conseuences occur because of this A classic novel Thomas Hardy's first big success is his only real happy ending book but tragedy turmoil and heartbreak abounds the unforgiving countryside is shown as beautiful but harsh and mournful the people are a lot brighter than they were given credit for then still life is never easy mistakes are made and deaths follow a masterpiece in literature


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    I shall do one thing in this life one thing certain that is love you and long for you and KEEP WANTING YOU till I dieTell me one guy who hacks the story and stands close to your heart Oak I don't yet understand why Hary is put in the box of pessimists when he has always been a 'lover' who never wishes to lose the 'love' Far from the Madding Crowd was prescribed in our syllabus for graduation and I enjoyed the book no doubt Hardy is a little detailed author of course but there is joy in reading the way he gives the details whether be it of the Oak's smile or Bathsheba's misfortune or Oak's loyalty in love Hardy is a classic a classic in true sense


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    846 Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas HardyFar from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy C1874Characters Gabriel Oak Bathsheba Everdene William Boldwood Francis Troy Fanny RobinAbstract Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area Her bold presence draws three very different suitors the gentleman farmer Boldwood soldier seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak Each in contrasting ways unsettles her decisions and complicates her life and tragedy ensues threatening the stability of the whole community The first of his works set in Wessex Hardy's novel of swiftpassion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes and with unflinching honesty about relationshipsتاریخ نخستین خوانش یازدهم ماه مارس سال 2004 میلادیعنوان به دور از مردم شوريده، یا «دور از اجتماع خشمگين»؛ اثر توماس هاردی؛ برگردان ابراهیم یونسی؛ نشر فرهنگ نشر نو، 1382، در 536 ص، شابک 9647443188؛شخصیت رمان، دختری ست زیبا، به نام «بت شبا»، که پس از مرگ پدر و مادر، با خاله اش زندگی می‌کند گله‌ داری به نام «گابریل اوک»، بسیار به وی علاقمند است گابریل، بر اثر سانحه‌ ای، گوسفندان را از دست می‌دهد، و به کارگری جویای کار، بدل می‌شود شبی گابریل در راه گذر خویش، شعله‌ های آتشی را می‌بیند، که مزرعه‌ ای را میسوزاند گابریل برای خاموش کردن آتش، تمام توان خویش به کار می‌گیرد، و با کمک اهالی روستا، آتش را خاموش می‌کنند با صاحب مزرعه که رودررو می‌شود، «بت شبا» را می‌بیند، که از او، برای کمکش، تشکر می‌کند گابریل درمی‌یابد، که مزرعه میراثی ست، که از یکی از اقوام «بت شبا»، به او رسیده است بدینسان «گابریل» مشاور مزرعه دختر شده، در آنجا کار و زندگی می‌کند؛ اما «بت شبا» با یکی از خواستگاران خویش به نام گروهبان «تروی» ازدواج می‌کند و ادامه ی داستان ا شربیانی


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    What a story I was going to give it 4 stars but the ending was so intense and wrapped everything up so beautifully that I had to rate it 5 stars What I love the most about this book is that it deals with an unorthodox woman Bathsheba I know what a name? is admired by a lot of men; still she keeps on rejecting them one after another She doesn't want to be like every other woman at that time who marries the first man to propose and has children Bathsheba is stubborn and she's insecure and she takes the reader and all her suitors on uite a journey She's human and she just wants to make the right choice and I loved her for that This was my first book by Thomas Hardy and one of the first things I noticed about his writing was that he spends a lot of time on heavily detailed descriptions In particular the beginning is filled with descriptions of the surroundings and nature and while I was a bit frustrated to start with I couldn't deny the fact that these descriptions were beautiful and really set the mood for the book I loved this story because it's honest and very relevant Read it with an open mind and I'm sure you'll end up appreciating it as much as I do Now I've got to watch the movie


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    This book can be summed up in one sentence Bathsheba Everdene's milkshake brings all the boys to the yardOkay now that I am awake I am ready for of a reviewI was leaning 5 stars but something about the end brought it down to 4Click the spoiler for my thoughts on the ending view spoilerGabriel Oak is too good for Bathsheba I didn't want him to be all like Okay now that you have ruined two men's lives you finally want to marry me so let's do it I wanted him to say Hell naw biatch drop the mic and walk off into the sunset If he had done that 5 stars all the way hide spoiler


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    You're begging me to goThen making me stayWhy do you hurt me so bad?It would help me to knowDo I stand in your wayOr am I the best thing you've had?—Pat Benatar 'Love is a Battlefield' I would have loved to reduce my reading speed so that I could savour the lyrical prose but I was unable to stop flipping pages as if my life depended on it This book left me emotionally wrung out and wanting for nothing I’ve seldom experienced such a feeling of complete exhaustion coupled with a glowing satisfaction after reading The character development was delicious; the writing spoke to my soul Pride greed deep abiding love life destroying despair plus deception and betrayal run rampant throughout these pages Toss in a strong female lead and you have a story that will keep you reading through the night to see what happens nextThis fantastic tale will stay with me for the foreseeable future and maybe if I pluck up enough courage I’ll reread it Hopefully with control next time but I'll make no promises


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    475ish stars With a name like Bathsheba how much could we honestly expect from her? Imagine playing with her as a child Come here little Bathy Bathy She was doomed from the start And she was obviously one of those children who was told entirely too often how special she was and how pretty and how she could do anything she set her mind to Poor Bathsheba Not that it should need to be said for a novel that's almost 150 years old but in case you still haven't read this and plan on doing so spoilers ahead I love characters who are awful people idiots fools douchebags and the like But woof there are some doozies here How about that dog Young George eh? The nerve One should never be too efficient at one's work Naturally he had to be put down Okay sorry I just had to say something about him the poor guy 'There are some very memorable key characters in this book and not all of them are worthy of a punch in the face There is of course one of my greatest literary man crushes of all time Gabriel Oak But it's the small supporting crowd that really elevates the book to favorite status There's self righteous but well meaning Joseph Poorgrass full of bible verses and pseudo wisdom; sweet simple Liddy Smallbury Bathsheba's friend confidant doormat and indentured servant; the ol' maltster coming up on 184 years of age give or take; and the true heroes of the story namely the sheepThe writing is beautiful if not a little long winded and flowery when giving descriptions of the Wessex countryside I get it you've convinced me it’s great to be far from the madding crowd It's also chock full of uotable uotes on a variety of subjects Marriage “All romances end at marriage” “It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way but it has been known to fail” on the day of Gabriel's and Bathsheba's wedding Faith said Coggan in a critical tone turning to his companions the man hev learnt to say 'my wife' in a wonderful naterel way considering how very youthful he is in wedlock as yet hey neighbours all? I never heerd a skilful old married feller of twenty years' standing pipe 'my wife' in a used note than 'a did said Jacob Smallbury It might have been a little true to nater if't had been spoke a little chillier but that wasn't to be expected just now That improvement will come wi' time said Jan twirling his eyeWomanhood “I am not a fool you know although I am a woman and have my woman’s moments” “Women are never tired of bewailing man’s fickleness in love but they only seem to snub his constancy”I shall never forgive God for making me a woman and dearly am I beginning to pay for the honour of owning a pretty face Way to humblebrag right?And my personal favorite This supreme instance of Troy's goodness fell upon Gabriel's ears like the thirteenth stroke of a crazy clock I'm gonna start using that expression day to day I'm gonna make it a thingSarcasm and sketchy 19th century sexism aside Hardy really is a brilliant wordsmith and there are so many gems throughout the novel wise commentary clever dialogue wry observations on human relationships Speaking of sketchy 19th century sexism let's talk about the Boldwood rape gagement If we didn't know that he was only forcing Bathsheba into a marriage blood oath several statements could be taken way out of context when just a few filler words are omitted What does it seem like they're talking about? Boldwood But do give me your You owe it to meBathsheba Don't press me too hard Pray let me go I am afraid Boldwood He begged in a husky voice unable to sustain the forms of mere friendship any longer Promise yourself to me; I deserve it indeed I do Be gracious and give up a little to meBathsheba The trimmings of her dress as they uivered against the light showed how agitated she was and at last she burst out crying And you'll not press me about anything ? she sobbed when she had the power to frame her wordsBoldwood Yes then I'll leave it Boldwood came close to her side and now he clasped one of her hands in both his own and lifted it to hisBathsheba What is it? Oh I cannot she exclaimed on seeing what he held Don't insist Boldwood don't In her trouble at not being able to get her hand away from him at once she stamped passionately on the floor with one foot and tears crowded to her eyes againBoldwood No sentiment the seal of a practical compact he said uietly but still retaining her hand in his firm grasp Come now And Boldwood slipped the on her Bathsheba She said weeping as if her heart would break You frighten me Please let me goBoldwood Only to night just to night to please meBathsheba At length she said in a sort of hopeless whisper Very well then I will to night if you wish it so earnestlyBoldwood And it shall be the beginning of a pleasant ?Bathsheba It must be I suppose since you will have it so she said fairly beaten into non resistanceBoldwood Boldwood pressed his and allowed it to drop in her lap I am happy now he said GodAfterward He left the room and when he thought she might be sufficiently composed sent one of the maids to her Bathsheba cloaked the effects of the late scene as she best could Heavy stuffBut finally in all seriousness this book when it comes down to it is not a flippant romance It isn't the Bachelorette It isn't love at first sight Bathsheba and Gabriel end up with something deeper and meaningful and true “This good fellowship camaraderie usually occurring through the similarity of pursuits is unfortunately seldom super added to love between the sexes because men and women associate not in their labors but in their pleasures merely Where however happy circumstances permit its development the compounded feeling proves itself to be the only love which is strong as death that love which many waters cannot uench nor the floods drown besides which the passion usually called by the name is as evanescent as steam” Honestly the kind of relationship I respect and strive for