He was a sexy cad, while Sturridge is more of a pouty lad. While Boldwood is too prudent and Troy is too much of a party boy, Gabriel obviously represents the middle ground between those extremes. This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr Reviews Far from the Madding Crowd. Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger? Roger Ebert This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland.
Popular Reviews Wild Rose. Not maddening? Just old English? Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. Lucasta Miller points out that the title is an ironic literary joke as Gray is idealising the noiselessness and sequestered calm whereas Hardy "disrupts the idyll, and not just by introducing the sound and fury of an extreme plot Jendela Tryst I absolutely loved it.
I usually avoid Hardy because his books are often terribly dark, but this was written early in his career, I believe when he …more I absolutely loved it. I usually avoid Hardy because his books are often terribly dark, but this was written early in his career, I believe when he still had some hope left.
It is extremely ahead of its time with a spirited and intelligent female protagonist. See all 17 questions about Far From the Madding Crowd…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 24, Moonlight Reader rated it really liked it. Two people have complained that there are spoilers in this review.
Read at your own peril. I'm 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 wante Two people have complained that there are spoilers in this review.
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. 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. View all 81 comments.
Shelves: best-of , buddy-reads , favorites , classics , dear-sir-i-am-in-love-with-you , romance , gentleman-like-heroes , swoony-heroes , tbr-challenge , victorian-literature. This was just so good. I never knew a flock pass a year without getting into some scrape or other. More sheep!!! I 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. Even though this story takes place in rural Wessex and is filled with she This was just so good.
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 more 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. 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 more 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 unique and attractive, and she turned every man's head. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.
Gabriel Oak. What a man. I'm completely head over heels in love with him! He's the type who cherishes and protects those he loves sheep or otherwise :P and 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 moreover 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 qualities, but unfortunately that is not enough for Miss-Stubborn-Bathsheba-Everdene. So, enter Suitor 2! William Boldwood. Possesses most of the qualities listed above, plus money and property! Should be good enough for you this time, Bathsheba, eh?
Boldwood starts out as the epitome of thriving bachelorhood. He presents the picture of a hard-working, serious and brooding man who is quite 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, etc In short, he's quite a catch, and any woman who married him would be assured protection, security, and a good position 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 is Bathsheba Everdene! 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. Sergeant Francis Troy.
No good qualities okay, maybe a few , no money, no position, no house, BUT 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 her And, more importantly, does she love him? Alas, her vanity has at last been flattered!
The story is written in an incredibly beautiful, flowing and passionate way, full of quotable parts as we can observe since I can't seem to stop quoting!
I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading this novel. And I also learned a lot of things, too. Those guys are overrated. Be your own bailiff! Unless you can have Gabriel Oak. Always choose Gabriel if you can! The dense, stifling air will help clear your head. May cause serious breakdowns. Honestly 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 ahhh!!!!! I 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. And Wessex! I want to go there! So 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 more 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 eyes.
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!! View all comments. Apr 09, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: fave-classics , classics. I just thought it would have been a good tagline for the movie adaptation of this classic they went with "Based on the classic love story by Thomas Hardy" instead. 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 do.
For some clarification of this quote please refer to the comments section after the review. This is the latest of my ongoing project to "read" classic books in audiobook format. I find that printed books require more 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 quite a gripping read.
I am glad to report this book is somewhat more 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 unpredictable. Looking 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 nonevent. May 1, that is. Of 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 choice. If 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 wont. An enjoyable book to read when you are in the mood for a classic or some pastoral mayhem. I have not read Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles yet but it sounds really depressing. Can't wait!
View all 47 comments. 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.
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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.
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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 day But unforeseen events prevents that from happening , and terrible consequences 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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View all 34 comments. 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? 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, a What a story! Bathsheba is stubborn and she's insecure, and she takes the reader and all her suitors on quite 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 View all 8 comments. Shelves: , hoopla , completist-book-club , classic , audio , library. This book can be summed up in one sentence: Bathsheba Everdene's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. Okay - now that I am more awake - I am ready for more of a review! I was leaning 5 stars, but something about the end brought it down to 4.
Click the spoiler for my thoughts on the ending: view spoiler [Gabriel 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 "Hel This book can be summed up in one sentence: Bathsheba Everdene's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. I wanted him to say "Hell naw, biatch!
If he had done that, 5 stars all the way! To get into the crazy love shapes that are occurring in this book. You need a degree in Advanced Geometry. What is great about each "point" of the relationship "shapes" in this story is that each represents extremes of nobility, arrogance, insanity, patheticness, immaturity, and complete disregard for how their actions affect those around them until it is too late. Because of this, you get a lot of fascinating drama and fascinating character behavior. I discovered that the word "Madding" means "frenzied" and the title is actually a tongue-in-cheek joke.
The book takes place in what is supposed to be a bucolic and peaceful setting "Far from the madding crowd".
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But, with the adventures and misadventures Bathsheba, Oak, Boldwood, Troy, and Fanny, the drama might just be crazier in the countryside! And, speaking of tongue-in-cheek humor, I love Hardy's delivery of descriptions throughout this book. Almost every description has hints of cynicism and sarcasm. I think most people imagine this book as a drama, and it definitely has its dramatic moments, but I found myself laughing at the silly characters, their silly actions, and the silly descriptions quite a bit. Bravo, Hardy! So, if you have been holding off on this book because you think it is a boring and stuffy classic, think again - that could not be farther from the truth.
Give it a go, its pretty darn good! View all 16 comments. 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! 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 years old, but in case you still haven't read this and plan on doing so 4. Not that it should need to be said for a novel that's almost 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 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 years of age give or take; and the true heroes of the story, namely the sheep.
The writing is beautiful, if not a little long-winded and flowery when giving descriptions of the Wessex countryside. It's also chock-full of quotable quotes on a variety of subjects. Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way, but it has been known to fail.
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 thing. Sarcasm 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.
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What does it seem like they're talking about? You owe it to me! I am afraid! Be gracious and give up a little to me. Boldwood: "Yes, then I'll leave it. Bathsheba: "What is it? Oh I cannot! Boldwood: "No sentiment- the seal of a practical compact," he said more quietly, but still retaining her hand in his firm grasp. Please let me go! I will-to-night, if you wish it so earnestly. Bathsheba: "It must be, I suppose, since you will have it so!
Boldwood: "Boldwood pressed [his] -- and allowed it to drop in her lap. Bathsheba cloaked the effects of the late scene as she best could. Heavy stuff. But 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.
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 quench, nor the floods drown, besides which the passion usually called by the name is as evanescent as steam. View all 12 comments.
Why "Far From the Madding Crowd"? It had always seemed tha "The poetry of motion is a phrase much in use, and to enjoy the epic form of that gratification it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the mass of civilized mankind, who are dreamwrapt and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time, long and quietly watch your stately progress through the stars. It had always seemed that Thomas Hardy bestowed titles in the form of the book's protagonist. Why this vague title? And then it hit me. Far From the Maddening Crowd is the embodiment of what we feel when we're in love.
When one is a victim of cupid's arrow, one tends to think of nothing but infatuation. It becomes your strength, your weakness, your nourishment, your insomnia. Your attention is deflected by this love-centric desire. You may seem to do trivial things, the body may work but the mind wanders. In essence, you are far away from everything going around you that have nothing to do with the person you love.
You live in a suspended reality where the face of your darling is both the sun and the moon. You live far from the crowd, which is madding, because it has nothing to do with your romance. As stated in the excerpt I selected to start this review with, "it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the mass of civilized mankind, who are dreamwrapt and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time" if you are to watch your proceedings through the stars.
The title may very well be Hardy's most romantic. Bathsheba Everdene, described as a free-spirited, independent, and strong-willed woman named after King David's queen, Uriah the Hittite's wife, Solomon's mother is subject to much scrutiny. Many people find fault in her apparent fall from Hardy's descriptions. She becomes weak, slavish, and inconsistent especially with regards to her love with Sergeant Troy. Hardy is often accused of gender-stereotyping and sometimes rightly so. There are instances where he blames Bathsheba's weakness of character to her "womanliness". But I should say that it is unfair to accost him because of this.
He did live in a society that practiced much worse treatments. You have to keep in mind that gender emancipation was not yet realized in I remember using this line of thought in my review of Tess, and I still stand by it. Vinterberg has made a gentle, unintrusive film, graceful and too refined to speak out of turn. Which is where the frustration creeps in. In trying to create a Bathsheba who is all poise and careful manners, the film gradually saps her of any real narrative agency.
She starts the film as the impressive lead, but then slowly recedes and recedes, until you almost forget that the movie was once all about her. But, given her era, she also seems resigned to the loneliness, and alienation, that will come attendant with it. And she later falls into an ill-advised relationship with a weaselly soldier named Francis Troy Tom Sturridge , letting herself be overcome by lust and curiosity.
Still, Bathsheba is largely tentative about her emotions, judicious and practical and graciously blunt. Well, until she stops being real and starts getting polite, which is where Far from the Madding Crowd gets a bit muddy.
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