TALES FROM WESSEX

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Thomas Hardy

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I am a great admirer of Thomas Hardy’s work. I have read all of his Wessex Tales novels. Far from the Madding Crowd secured his position as a great Victorian novelist but my favourite of the Wessex Tales is Jude the Obscure. Hardy enchants with his use of  dark, sweeping narratives. Forget Jane Austin, Hardy does it for me.

Far from the Madding Crowd has recently been released in cinemas. I haven’t seen the movie yet. Have you? How does it compare with the novel?

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4 Responses to TALES FROM WESSEX

  1. I love Thomas Hardy and Far from the Maddening Crowd is one of my favorites of his books. I didn’t know it was out as a movie. I’ll have to keep an eye out. Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. Gail Rehbein says:

    I saw the film at a preview screening last weekend and really enjoyed it. The novel was one of our books for studying in Year 12 back in the 70s and I enjoyed it very much despite the dense text. Bathsheba is such an interesting character for young women to consider. The issues remain contemporary. In fact in that regard there was an interesting piece by Elizabeth Farrelly in Thursday’s Sydney Morning Herald (p. 20). Worth reading!

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    • gina amos says:

      I hope to see the film this week Gail. I studied Return of the Native in year 12 in the 70’s so obviously Thomas Hardy was in vogue. (Perhaps he remains so because as you pointed out, his themes are contemporary)
      Thanks for alerting me to the article in the SMH!

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