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The Mayor of Casterbridge This is an alternate cover ed for ISBN X The Mayor of Casterbridge fully confirms the sombre note in Hardy s work Gone are the comic touches and the country laughter of Far From the Madding C

  • Title: The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Author: Thomas Hardy Martin Seymour-Smith
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge By Thomas Hardy Martin Seymour-Smith, This is an alternate cover ed for ISBN 014043125X.The Mayor of Casterbridge fully confirms the sombre note in Hardy s work Gone are the comic touches and the country laughter of Far From the Madding Crowd instead it is a powerful character study of a man whose past refuses to be buried, and who is caught by changing conditions of rural commerce.From the stunning openiThis is an alternate cover ed for ISBN 014043125X.The Mayor of Casterbridge fully confirms the sombre note in Hardy s work Gone are the comic touches and the country laughter of Far From the Madding Crowd instead it is a powerful character study of a man whose past refuses to be buried, and who is caught by changing conditions of rural commerce.From the stunning opening wife selling scene at one time a not uncommon phenomenon in England to the final playing out of his tragedy, Michael Henchard proves to be violent, selfish, greedy and crude At the same time he possesses magnanimity, humility and a grandeur of passion that echoes Shakespeare a comparison that always pleased Hardy.Whatever his sins, Henchard impresses the reader with his robustness and life force, and with his refusal to by pass life s possibilities In depicting a man who overreaches the limits, Hardy once again demonstrates his uncanny psychological grasp and his deeply rooted knowledge of mid nineteenth century Dorset.

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    1. this is hardy s most perfectly constructed novel there are others that are appealing, to me, am i allowed to say that , but this one is such a perfect cause and effect, every action has a reaction kind of book, that it should really be his most popular and successful, instead of tess, which by comparison, is pure melodrama mayor is full of the trappings of melodrama convenient and inexplicable deaths, characters long out of the picture returning at the least opportune times, overheard conversat [...]

    2. Michael Henchard an itinerant, young, annoyed farm worker, walking with quiet wife Susan, infant daughter Elizabeth Jane, looking for employment, the time, the early 1830 s, in southern England, after an exhausting journey they reach a country fair, in a small village, enter a crowded tent, with dubious humans, serving alcohol, he imbibes vigorously, a weakness that will cause much trouble, and haunt him the rest of his life soon inebriated, the highly distressed man, in a stupor, sells Susan to [...]

    3. Ooof, finally finished this trudge trudge trudge of a book, and it isn t even that long Maybe I m getting feeble but Thomas Hardy s manytentacled sentences and trillion 19th century rural slang words presented a north face of the Eiger challenge for my little brain strange words like clane, felloe, furmety, gaberlunzie, twanking, diment, rantipole and comminatory and many many , and sentences like this deep breath As the lively and sparkling emotions of her early married life cohered into an equ [...]

    4. I give it five stars because it seems nearly a perfect example of its type of craft This book has an intertwined and flawless plot that is never overcomplicated it is full of wonderful language, rich with regional variation, for instance the tenor of Donald Farfrae s Scottish is exceptionally musical and not like the speech of his peers There were moments reading this book I felt so much under the sway of the author s power that I could observe him wirte himself into one tight plot corner and th [...]

    5. I d heard Hardy was a bit of a chore, so instead of his chunky novels I went slender with The Mayor of Casterbridge as my first I m not sure it was a wise choice Not because I thought it was bad by any means The writing s quite good, the story held my interest, but jeez louise, this is bleak stuff It s bleaker than Bleak House Are all this books like this I m not normally depressed, but I may have to put myself on suicide watch just to get through another one of his novels Seriously though, I do [...]

    6. It seems The Mayor of Casterbridge can end only in one direction as this Mayor is continually victimized by his own shortcomings As the novel begins, we witness the famous selling of his wife while he is in a drunken stupor, not caring about anything or anyone else in the world Years later, he has his chance to make changes, amends but his essential character prevents this He sees evil and devils where there are none and increases small faults to large He turns friends to enemies and enemies to [...]

    7. What a silly novel Much of these unfortunate destinies could have been prevented if only the characters weren t so stupid and didn t make so many irrational and unbelievable decisions But what an entertaining story this is It s got a shocking beginning and a lot of plot twists that I didn t see coming, I just wish that it didn t feel like Thomas Hardy was pushing the plot forward in an unnatural and quite unbelievable way I won t go too much into the plot and the characters decisions which I dis [...]

    8. When Thomas stopped writing novels in the early 1900s, he concentrated his bitterness on spectacularly peevish poetry, dripping with melancholy self loathing than mid 90s Morrissey albums has anyone actually heard Maladjusted or Southpaw Grammar the whole way through These poems captivated my downbeat imagination as a teenager but the novels remained out of reach I wanted heartbreak to go, I wasn t looking to eat in the restaurant of shattered dreams Now, I find myself pulled towards the Great [...]

    9. Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain Life is an oasis which is submerged in the swirling waves of sorrows and agonies Never have I found a couple of lines in a novel that so perfectly sum up the writer s oeuvre for me To those, I d add, Gloom, despair and agony on me from an old TV song.This was my first Hardy novel, reading it last July In the six plus months since, I ve made myself a Hardy punching bag Tess of the D Urbervilles, Return of the Native, and Far from [...]

    10. Perhaps I ve been spoilt growing up by too many political sex scandals sinking careers in waves of laughter so I always felt that sale of the titular character s wife in order to buy Fermenty and even the revelation of this secret later in the novel should have much power and impact than they do Instead I suppose it is not the tragedy of a stupid action but the tragedy of a generally stupid hubris of the man who believes he can do what he wants and get away with it including selling wife numb [...]

    11. Esta es la cuarta novela que leo de Hardy y por el momento la que menos me ha gustado Una historia muy de follet n, llena de giros y personajes al borde de la histeria constante.A n as es Hardy, est MUY bien escrito, y engancha que no veas No ser su mejor obra pero la he disfrutado

    12. I had to read this in high school It was so boring it caused every particle of oxygen to be instantly sucked out of my brain whenever I opened the cover My teacher gave me detention for falling asleep in class, I pointed to The Mayor of Casterbridge, he hit me on the back of the head with a wooden ruler I can truly say that the classics of 19th century English literature made an impact on me.

    13. I really loved this one This was my third Hardy novel and it s by far one of his best Horribly tragic of course, well obviously, this is Hardy, but also SO GOOD I think this one would be a good entry point into Hardy, it has all this major themes and all of his delicious pessimism Ah, it s so fantastic.

    14. When you hear tragic flaw you think of hubris, probably, or curiosity, or the desire to fuck your mom, but here s the Mayor of Casterbridge s tragic flaw he s an asshole.He s not bad, exactly He has a sense of justice, or at least he develops one As the book opens, he Michael Henchard, the Mayor of Hardy s blazing character study auctions off his wife for five shillings in a fit of drunken pique When he sobers up and realizes what he s done, he swears off drinking He tries to be better Later on [...]

    15. If Thomas Hardy s Wessex region was a real place the British government would probably have to nuke it as nothing but misery seems to go on there, as recounted inTess of the d Urbervilles,Jude the Obscure,The Return of the Native and other bleak fests I am excludingFar from the Madding Crowd here because I find it quite cheerful by his melancholic standard only a few tissue papers required instead of a whole box of Kleenex The Mayor of Casterbridge is Hardy at least wonderfully mirthless best A [...]

    16. This is the story of Michael Henchard, who sells his wife and infant daughter for five guineas while drunk at a local fair The consequences of this one impulsive action haunt his life thereafter Henchard is a tragic figure, doomed not only by the character flaws of which he is only too aware, but also by a malignant, inescapable fate Hardy s writing is breathtaking The novel is full of stunningly beautiful descriptive language Hardy paints vivid pictures with words, bringing both characters and [...]

    17. When I began this book I have to admit that I didn t think the three words I d be using to describe it would be drama, excitement and intrigue In fact, I really had no intention of reading this book at all any time soon as a friend of mine had to study it in school as a teenager and told me it s the worst book she s ever read and that had stayed with me and filed into the don t bother part of my brain So then, just before Christmas I saw or heard something about this book and that it was about a [...]

    18. I felt like I d been in a Hardy slump lately, in my attempt to read 1 Hardy novel a month this year, so veered off the schedule and read this when I was meant to be reading The Trumpet Major Like every Hardy novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge is another case of extreme dramatics attempting to illustrate a point.This reads somewhat different to previous Hardy novels that had become slightly repetitive for me Instead of the concentration being on an individual female, the main protagonist is a male [...]

    19. He was like one who had half fainted, and could neither recover nor complete the swoon Life is an oasis which is submerged in the swirling waves of sorrows and agonies It was part of his nature to extenuate nothing and live on as one of his own worst accusers She had the hard, half apathetic expression of one who deems anything possible at the hands of time and chance, except perhaps fair play I won t be a slave to the past I ll love where I choose Review to follow

    20. Truth is stranger than fiction except in this story, which presents a circuitous series of tragic circumstances that only the cruelest force a depressed novelist could dream up Actually, I have no idea if Hardy was depressed when he wrote this book, but I certainly was by the time I finished reading it The story begins with an itinerant hay trusser, Michael Henchard, selling his wife and baby daughter for five guineas in a fit of drunken madness Unbelievably enough, it goes downhill from there A [...]

    21. This book is amazing Its pacing and subject matter reminded me somewhat of Les Miserables And it pretty much confirmed my opinion that Thomas Hardy is the most depressing creature ever to walk God s earth Those of you who appreciate tragedy will love this you poor souls

    22. Buddy read with ClaraReading one of Thomas Hardy s novels is always quite an experience From the first few words, I will fall in love all over again with his writing, won t be able to stop reading and will come to care for his characters as if they were important in my own life The Mayor of Casterbridge was no different in that sense I gasped out loud so many times as I was reading, which doesn t happen that often, Thomas Hardy kept surprising me with this one At some point, I think he even made [...]

    23. De los dos libros de Hardy que he le do hasta la fecha, este es el que menos me ha gustado el otro es Tess la de los d Urberville , que me gust mucho Esto no quiere decir que no haya disfrutado de El alcalde de Casterbridge o que no haya estado intrigada por el final en cierto modo previsible , pero es verdad que me ha parecido que la trama ten a demasiados giros y casualidades locas abusa de ello y algunas situaciones acaban siendo hasta c micas, aunque la escena pretenda tener carga dram tica [...]

    24. With Hardy, one should remember Murphy s Law What can go wrong, will go wrong The story opens with a man getting drunk and auctioning off his wife and infant daughter to the highest bidder What a compelling opening What further could go wrong Many books start at the end, then go back and tell you how they got there This is not one of them Instead, Hardy begins with this horrible event and then skips nearly two decades, plunking us down into the future of that man, wife, and daughter Hardy s char [...]

    25. Best book I ve read in a while If some books are worth putting down because they are too depressing, others like this one are worth devouring for the same reason.Bitter irony stacked upon heaps of previous bitter ironies permanently invested me in this horrible character that I hate to love And Hardy can t even let the happy ending for the one truly good character stand he MUST qualify it with the lesson that happy endings aren t very happy if your life has taught you that happiness can t last.I [...]

    26. A thrilling and exciting yet dramatic classic, The Mayor of Casterbridge never gets old no matter how often you read it.

    27. One of the best of Hardy s, I think, though not necessarily my favourite the plot and themes, and the examination of tragedy and of one man s failure to do the right thing I don t necessarily love any of the characters, but they are so complex and the narrative so well written and gripping that I don t mind A great book.

    28. Bleak CountryI ve just reread this after many, many years and I m wondering how this tale of self imposed isolation and utter loneliness appealed to me as a teenager And yet, I remember really enjoying it Mystery.

    29. It s been about 12 years since I ve read a Thomas Hardy novel he was a big favorite in the dark teenage years I was a huge classics buff as a kid Ironically, I ve spent my adult years reading a ton of cheesy YA Apparently the universe has a sense of humor Not in a Thomas Hardy novel though In his world, the universe is capricious and exacting Don t get too comfortable or make plans, because nothing is permanent and difficulty abounds.This book opens with Michael Henchard out of work, travelling [...]

    30. I am in the midst of reading all of Thomas Hardy s novels in the order that he wrote them Well, at least the well known novels While most of Hardy s Novels of Character and Environment have a fairly pronounced pastoral presence, The Mayor of Casterbridge is distinctly a novel about characters in a relatively urban setting, the Wessex town of Casterbridge.The Mayor of Casterbridge is a relentless novel It is a relentlessly sad story, and a relentlessly painful story to read Change the scene, the [...]

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