The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Book - 1993
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The Mayor of Casterbridge is a man haunted by his past. In his youth he betrayed his wife and baby daughter in a shocking incident that led him to swear never to touch alcohol again for twenty-one years. He has since risen from his humble origins to become a respected pillar of the community in Casterbridge, but his secrets cannot stay hidden forever.

Thomas Hardy's almost supernatural insight into the course of wayward lives, his instinctive feeling for the beauty of the rural landscape, and his power to invest that landscape with moral significance all came together in an utterly fluent way in The Mayor of Casterbridge .

A classically shaped story about the rise and fall of the brooding and sometimes brutal Michael Henchard in the harsh world of nineteenth-century rural England, The Mayor of Casterbridge is an emblematic product of Hardy's maturity-vigorous, forceful, and unclouded by illusions.

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Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c[1993].
ISBN: 9780679420354
0679420355
Branch Call Number: HARDY
Characteristics: xli, 362 p. : map.

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Loops___
Dec 12, 2017

This novel served as my introduction to the work of Thomas Hardy. The writing style was brilliant. The voice of the narrator was distinct and acted as a humorous, yet insightful commentary on the strengths and shortcomings of the characters as key events unfolded. The clarity of the characters' motivations combined with the domino-like consequences of their actions made this an engaging and memorable story.

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wyenotgo
Aug 21, 2015

A powerful, moving tale of a remarkable man who overcomes his very humble beginnings and despite a shameful foolish act of his youth, rises to a position of respectability in his community as well as considerable wealth. Yet in the end, he succumbs to his inner demons and fatal flaws of character and utterly destroys all that he had achieved. Despite its archaic style and dated setting, the book hold one's attention right through to its inevitable tragic end.

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1aa
Jul 16, 2015

A portrait of unconditional despair. The erosion to oblivion of a man.
Lacks maps, notes, and glossary for regionalisms and obsolescent words and phrases (the library should've ordered the Penguin Classics edition).

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biddies
Aug 24, 2012

AMAZING CLASSIC!!!!! once you get used to the style of writing it proves to be an unforgettable read. loved the wife selling scene

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blubber
Sep 07, 2010

The ultimate who done it. Written as a newspaper weekly series. Old english...I didn't guess the ending correctly!

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