Two on a Tower
This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "Two on a Tower" by Thomas Hardy. 'Then they proceeded to scan the sky, roving from planet to star, from single stars to double stars, from double to coloured stars...'. Hardy's atmospheric, moving story of star-crossed lovers shows human beings at... show more
This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "Two on a Tower" by Thomas Hardy. 'Then they proceeded to scan the sky, roving from planet to star, from single stars to double stars, from double to coloured stars...'. Hardy's atmospheric, moving story of star-crossed lovers shows human beings at the mercy of forces far beyond their control, setting a tragic drama of human passion and conflict against a background of vast stellar space and scientific discovery. "Two on a Tower" tells the story of Lady Constantine, who breaks all the rules of decorum when she falls in love with the beautiful youth Swithin St Cleeve, her social inferior and ten years her junior. Together, in an ancient monument converted into an astronomical observation tower, they create their own private universe - until the pressures of the outside world threaten to destroy it. "The Penguin English Library" contains 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Publish date: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
This is one of Hardy's most obscure books and rightfully so. It is a book for the dedicated Hardy fan. I think that everything that Hardy ever wrote is worth reading and this book is certainly that. It is a doomed romance with an element of comedy set against a celestial back drop. The end about...
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I have to agree with many other reviewers: this was not one of Hardy's best. One of Hardy's favorite themes was exploring the social roles of women. While he succeeded in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd, I feel he quite missed the mark in Two on a Tower, It is the story ...
Thomas Hardy said that he wrote this novel “to set the emotional history of two infinitesimal lives against the stupendous background of the stellar universe…” To begin the tale, a woman decides to investigate a tower and meets a young astronomer there who introduces her to the wonders of the night ...