I like the phrase (Judge me by my future works).Anyway, I have read the book and watched the drama which was great addition.
I really enjoyed this book. I'd seen a lovely film version of it, which I only remembered the beginning of so it was really good to read it and get the full story. Hardy's prose was simply amazing in this book, so many of the passages, particularly in the first chapter were, really striking.
In the end I found myself feeling terribly sorry for Henchard. It was so interesting to see how he'd pulled himself together, and then it seemed that his world totally fell apart for no good reason. There was a lot of interesting character development and interactions in the novel, but I felt that not really seeing into their minds made it seem like they were all a bit disconnected. I think Hardy did a much better job in Jude the Obscure for portraying the motivation of his characters and giving insight into their nature.
Another thing that was much better in the book was the historical side of things. It was interesting to see the effects of the Corn laws, and the slice of early 19th century life.
At times I felt like the book was dragging a little, but I enjoyed it so much in the end that I'm very glad I read it. This is definitely my 2nd favorite of the Hardy novels I've read so far. (The first being Jude)....Continua
A book club book. I wasn't keen on reading this, and it really didn't win me over. I got about half way through chapter 2, found the language difficult and couldn't really take it seriously. Possibly an acquired taste.
A great novel. The characters are superbly drawn. Some lovable, others not so pleasant, and some tragic. A wonderful picture of country life.