Under the Greenwood Tree
Publish date: November 29th 2012
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
, English Literature
More a set of sketches of rural Dorset life, than a fully plotted novel. Full of laugh-out-loud humour and beautifully observed description of landscape and village gossip.
A beautiful elegy to a lost time and place, this is the story of the romance between Dick Dewy, and the new school mistress, Fancy Day. There is something a little melancholy about the book, but that in no way detracts from the enjoyment. Unabashedly a 'marriage plot' book (although with a twist), ...
This was Thomas Hardy's 2nd published novel. He apparently destroyed the manuscript of his first written novel because the subject was too controversial. The results was this boring novel which follows the pursuit of a man for a woman he seems to have fallen for on sight alone. I wished desperately ...
Very early Thomas Hardy. It's interesting most to see Hardy's progression as a writer. It concentrates on the life in a rural village focused on a choir and on a courtship between a member of the choir and the village school mistress.It is without the relentless bleakness of Hardy's later work and...
I chose to listen to this audiobook as part of what I anticipate will be an ongoing project designed to overcome my long-held prejudice against Thomas Hardy; a prejudice entirely grounded in my strong dislike of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The experience of listening to this book has been less succes...