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Ah Far from the Madding Crowd, even saying the book title aloud summons images of an overcrowded class room, sweaty adolescents and a fraught English teacher I was forced to read this book when I was about thirteen Other books I was forced to read, learn and regurgitate in vast, ungainly and probably largely misunderstood swathes include Macbeth, Hamlet, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead, Pride and Prejudice, A Winters Tale, The Colour Purple and Wuthering Heights A diverse selection you might think Yes indeed, diverse but with one key element in common They all possess the correctly ordered group of elements required to send a class of teenagers into a coma What OK yes maybe that was a bit unfair Not all teenagers, but certainly the clump of hormonally driven monsters that I shared my school years with anyway A Winters Tale by Bill the Bard was my least favourite of all of these frankly I thought it was a badly cobbled together parody, a poor imitation of his previous work Yes that was what I thought at thirteen Far from the Madding Crowd was second least favourite because it was set in a time where a man was judged on the number of sheep he owned which basically just spelled D U L L to my uncomprehending eyes However, looking at it now with the perception and clarity of an adult mind hahahaha I can see the merits of this text particularly some of its themes which are quite modern if you squint a bit and overlook the references to sheep and horse and carts Bathsheba Everdene great name arrives in a rural idyll and accidentally steals the heart of lonely shepherd Gabriel Oak even better name While she thinks Gabriel is alright, he s not exactly romantic dynamite and his offer of marriage is rebuffed in the hope of better things Nowadays she could have married him, serialised the wedding as part of a reality TV show and then divorced straight after while still up to her arse in the detritus of plundered wrapping and opened gift boxes But, this was days of yore so Bathsheba didn t have those kind of opportunities Luckily for her in lieu of reality TV, a wealthy relative dies and she inherits a fortune Gabriels fortunes on the other hand go rapidly down hill, orto the point, over the edge of the hill He unleashes a sheep dog with ADHD and it drives his flock over a cliff swap Dodos doom on you scene in Iceage the Movie for sheep to obtain correct comedy effect While luckless Gabriel ponders what to do with his sheep puree, Bathsheba acquires a few new admirers the prosperous Boldwood and the dashing Troy Boldwood is not really her cup of tea and the erroneous valentine was a big mistake the 19th century equivalent of a drunken text message Troy on the other hand has got the sort of allure possessed by Sean Bean in his Sharpe uniform and Bathsheba s head is turned by a spot of private sword play dirty girl From here on in it is a comedy of errors, spurned lovers, missing persons and during this time Bathsheba racks up a rapid turnover of husbands which would have earned a round of applause from Liz Taylor In the end, patient sheep doctor Gabriel wins out and gets the girl Not baaaa d Gabriel What a story I was going to give it 4 stars, but the ending was so intense and wrapped everything up so beautifully that I had to rate it 5 stars What I love the most about this book is that it deals with an unorthodox woman Bathsheba I know, what a name is admired by a lot of men still, she keeps on rejecting them one after another She doesn t want to be like every other woman at that time who marries the first man to propose and has children Bathsheba is stubborn and she s insecure, and she takes the reader and all her suitors on quite a journey She s human and she just wants to make the right choice, and I loved her for that This was my first book by Thomas Hardy, and one of the first things I noticed about his writing was that he spends a lot of time on heavily detailed descriptions In particular the beginning is filled with descriptions of the surroundings and nature, and while I was a bit frustrated to start with, I couldn t deny the fact that these descriptions were beautiful and really set the mood for the book I loved this story because it s honest and very relevant Read it with an open mind, and I m sure you ll end up appreciating it as much as I do Now I ve got to watch the movie [Free Ebook] ♱ Far from the Madding Crowd ♠ Far From The Madding Crowd Was Thomas Hardy S First Major Literary Success, And It Edited With An Introduction And Notes By Rosemarie Morgan And Shannon Russell In Penguin ClassicsIndependent And Spirited Bathsheba Everdene Has Come To Weatherbury To Take Up Her Position As A Farmer On The Largest Estate In The Area Her Bold Presence Draws Three Very Different Suitors The Gentleman Farmer Boldwood, Soldier Seducer Sergeant Troy And The Devoted Shepherd Gabriel Oak Each, In Contrasting Ways, Unsettles Her Decisions And Complicates Her Life, And Tragedy Ensues, Threatening The Stability Of The Whole Community The First Of His Works Set In The Fictional County Of Wessex, Hardy S Novel Of Swift Passion And Slow Courtship Is Imbued With His Evocative Descriptions Of Rural Life And Landscapes, And With Unflinching Honesty About Sexual Relationships Bathsheba Everdene a gorgeous, mesmerizing young woman, 22, the formerly poor, now rich girl she inherited a prosperous, large farm from her late uncle, set in rural Wessex , Dorset southwest England, in the 1860 s, has three, very different suitors, common Gabriel Oak, eight years older a shepherd and fine flute player, who will soon lose his sheep, the first time he sees her, Miss Everdene is admiring herself in a hand mirror and smiling, William Boldwood, a wealthy, good looking farmer and neighbor but middle aged bachelor, at 40, when she sends the rather standoffish man, as a silly joke anonymously, a Valentine s Day card, telling him to marry her, he falls insanely in love, after discovering the identity of the writer and the handsome, dashing, irresistible, youthful rake, Sergeant Francis Frank Troy, a couple of years her senior in the British cavalry, he woos by displaying his amazing swordsmanship, that both scares and thrills her , it is no surprise the winner of this contest Miss Everdene has only one real friend and confidant, her patient loyal servant Liddy, they are always together in her huge house, the independent but still frightened woman, is strangely lonely, running the big farm solely, with no experience to guide her A few days after Bathsheba s arrival a pretty, pleasant maid of the house, Fanny Robin, 20, mysteriously disappears into the night, rumors say she fled to be with her lover a soldier in a nearby town, but nobody can be sure Later after turning down marriage proposals from Mr Oak and Mr Boldwood, to her ultimate regret and considerable sufferings , Bathsheba secretly weds the unstable, not in her own village of Weatherbury, but in another small community the fickle Mr Troy, she was understandably dazzled But Frank soon becomes restless, bored, his nature is to wander, he has little to do on the farm, the unemployed but capable Gabriel, hired to work there, has taken charge of the laborers and farm, also the love distracted Mr Boldwood s land too By accident Troy meets Fanny on a deserted road with his wife, he recognizes her in the dark , Bathsheba doesn t, but grows very suspicious, the unfortunate girl needs immediate help, Frank gives her a little money and promises Miss Robin, to see her the next dayBut unforeseen events prevents that from happening , and terrible consequences occur because of this A classic novel , Thomas Hardy s first big success, is his only real happy ending book but tragedy , turmoil and heartbreak abounds, the unforgiving countryside is shown as beautiful but harsh, and mournful, the people are a lot brighter than they were given credit for then, still life is never easy, mistakes are made and deaths follow, a masterpiece in literature. 4.75ish stars With a name like Bathsheba how much could we honestly expect from her Imagine playing with her as a child, Come here little Bathy Bathy She was doomed from the start And she was obviously one of those children who was told entirely too often how special she was and how pretty and how she could do anything she set her mind to Poor Bathsheba Not that it should need to be said for a novel that s almost 150 years old, but in case you still haven t read this and plan on doing so spoilers ahead I love characters who are awful people, idiots, fools, douchebags and the like But woof, there are some doozies here How about that dog, Young George, eh The nerve One should never be too efficient at one s work Naturally, he had to be put down Okay, sorry, I just had to say something about him, the poor guy There are some very memorable key characters in this book, and not all of them are worthy of a punch in the face There is, of course, one of my greatest literary man crushes of all time, Gabriel Oak But it s the small, supporting crowd that really elevates the book to favorite status There s self righteous but well meaning Joseph Poorgrass, full of bible verses and pseudo wisdom sweet, simple Liddy Smallbury, Bathsheba s friend, confidant, doormat and indentured servant the ol maltster, coming up on 184 years of age give or take and the true heroes of the story, namely the sheep.The writing is beautiful, if not a little long winded and flowery when giving descriptions of the Wessex countryside I get it, you ve convinced me, it s great to be far from the madding crowd It s also chock full of quotable quotes on a variety of subjects MarriageAll romances end at marriage It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way, but it has been known to failon the day of Gabriel s and Bathsheba s weddingFaith, said Coggan, in a critical tone, turning to his companions, the man hev learnt to say my wife in a wonderful naterel way, considering how very youthful he is in wedlock as yet hey, neighbours all I never heerd a skilful old married feller of twenty years standing pipe my wife in aused note than a did, said Jacob Smallbury It might have been a littletrue to nater if t had been spoke a little chillier, but that wasn t to be expected just now That improvement will come wi time, said Jan, twirling his eye WomanhoodI am not a fool, you know, although I am a woman, and have my woman s moments Women are never tired of bewailing man s fickleness in love, but they only seem to snub his constancy I shall never forgive God for making me a woman, and dearly am I beginning to pay for the honour of owning a pretty faceWay to humblebrag, right And my personal favorite This supreme instance of Troy s goodness fell upon Gabriel s ears like the thirteenth stroke of a crazy clock. I m gonna start using that expression day to day I m gonna make it a thing.Sarcasm and sketchy 19th century sexism aside, Hardy really is a brilliant wordsmith and there are so many gems throughout the novel wise commentary, clever dialogue, wry observations on human relationships Speaking of sketchy 19th century sexism, let s talk about the Boldwood rape gagement If we didn t know that he was only forcing Bathsheba into a marriage blood oath, several statements could be taken way out of context when just a few filler words are omitted What does it seem like they re talking about Boldwood But do give me yourYou owe it to me Bathsheba Don t press me too hard Pray let me go I am afraid Boldwood He begged in a husky voice unable to sustain the forms of mere friendship any longer Promise yourself to me I deserve it, indeed I do Be gracious and give up a little to me Bathsheba The trimmings of her dress, as they quivered against the light showed how agitated she was, and at last she burst out crying And you ll not press me about anythingshe sobbed, when she had the power to frame her words.Boldwood Yes, then I ll leave it Boldwood came close to her side, and now he clasped one of her hands in both his own, and lifted it to his.Bathsheba What is it Oh I cannot she exclaimed on seeing what he held Don t insist Boldwood don t In her trouble at not being able to get her hand away from him at once, she stamped passionately on the floor with one foot, and tears crowded to her eyes again.Boldwood No sentiment the seal of a practical compact, he saidquietly, but still retaining her hand in his firm grasp Come, now And Boldwood slipped the on her Bathsheba She said, weeping as if her heart would break You frighten me Please let me go Boldwood Only to night just to night, to please me Bathsheba At length she said, in a sort of hopeless whisper Very well, then I will to night, if you wish it so earnestly Boldwood And it shall be the beginning of a pleasant Bathsheba It must be, I suppose, since you will have it so she said, fairly beaten into non resistance.Boldwood Boldwood pressed his and allowed it to drop in her lap I am happy now, he said God Afterward He left the room, and when he thought she might be sufficiently composed sent one of the maids to her Bathsheba cloaked the effects of the late scene as she best could. Heavy stuff.But finally in all seriousness, this book, when it comes down to it, is not a flippant romance It isn t the Bachelorette It isn t love at first sight Bathsheba and Gabriel end up with something deeper andmeaningful and trueThis good fellowship camaraderie usually occurring through the similarity of pursuits is unfortunately seldom super added to love between the sexes, because men and women associate, not in their labors but in their pleasures merely Where, however, happy circumstances permit its development, the compounded feeling proves itself to be the only love which is strong as death that love which many waters cannot quench, nor the floods drown, besides which the passion usually called by the name is as evanescent as steamHonestly, the kind of relationship I respect and strive for. This book can be summed up in one sentence Bathsheba Everdene s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.Okay now that I amawake I am ready forof a review I was leaning 5 stars, but something about the end brought it down to 4.Click the spoiler for my thoughts on the ending view spoiler Gabriel Oak is too good for Bathsheba I didn t want him to be all like Okay, now that you have ruined two men s lives, you finally want to marry me so let s do it I wanted him to say Hell naw, biatch , drop the mic, and walk off into the sunset If he had done that, 5 stars all the way hide spoiler The poetry of motion is a phrase much in use, and to enjoy the epic form of that gratification it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the mass of civilized mankind, who are dreamwrapt and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time, long and quietly watch your stately progress through the stars While I was in the midst of reading this novel, I was struck by general wonderment with regards to the title of this book Why Far From the Madding Crowd It had always seemed that Thomas Hardy bestowed titles in the form of the book s protagonist Why not Bathsheba of Weatherbury or The Mistress of Weatherbury or Bathsheba the Complicated Why this vague title And then it hit me Far From the Maddening Crowd is the embodiment of what we feel when we re in love When one is a victim of cupid s arrow, one tends to think of nothing but infatuation It becomes your strength, your weakness, your nourishment, your insomnia Your attention is deflected by this love centric desire You may seem to do trivial things, the body may work but the mind wanders In essence, you are far away from everything going around you that have nothing to do with the person you love You live in a suspended reality where the face of your darling is both the sun and the moon You live far from the crowd, which is madding, because it has nothing to do with your romance As stated in the excerpt I selected to start this review with, it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the mass of civilized mankind, who are dreamwrapt and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time if you are to watch your proceedings through the stars The title may very well be Hardy s most romantic.Bathsheba Everdene, described as a free spirited, independent, and strong willed woman named after King David s queen, Uriah the Hittite s wife, Solomon s mother is subject to much scrutiny Many people find fault in her apparent fall from Hardy s descriptions She becomes weak, slavish, and inconsistent especially with regards to her love with Sergeant Troy Hardy is often accused of gender stereotyping and sometimes rightly so There are instances where he blames Bathsheba s weakness of character to her womanliness But I should say that it is unfair to accost him because of this He did live in a society that practiced much worse treatments You have to keep in mind that gender emancipation was not yet realized in 1874 I remember using this line of thought in my review of Tess, and I still stand by it Though, I should add that Bathsheba s inconsistency with Sergeant Troy is mainly due to the type of love that they share, and is no fault of Mr Hardy I shall be getting to this in a minute.Three choices are presented to Bathsheba The Sergeant Troy, the gentleman farmer Boldwood, and the shepherd Gabriel Oak, all three signifying different kinds of love This, I believe is the main idea of the book, to enumerate and dissect the different kinds of love present in a lover s beating heart Sergeant Troy s love, if it is to be called love at all, is known by the name of passion It is physical attraction, the weakest of the three It is easily suppressed and forgotten Some may even call it lust, one of the seven deadly sins If it is so, then it veers away from the goodness that we attribute to love No wonder, Bathseba s relationship with Troy is destructive It is also the reason, why I stated earlier, that Bathsheba becomes inconsistent when she is around Troy For the temptation of lust weakens even the strongest and most virtuous of men Bathsheba s flaws are clearly not a byproduct of gender, as some claim it to be, but it lies in human nature itself This, I understand, should clear some misgivings about Mr Hardy Also, in application, I understand that most marriages are destroyed because a great number of couples mistake this passion for love and hastily vow forever And so, when it is exhausted, as it easily is, the marriage falls apart Exactly like Bathsheba and Troy Moving on, farmer Boldwood s love, on the other hand, is a kind of wild and strong, yet self centered love It is strengthened to an insane proportion but it only seeks to appease itself, it doesn t consider the person it is being given to It is like a fire burning and scorching everything in its path it is a dangerous kind of love that will turn everything to dust after the love has been consumed And as exemplified, this is the kind of love that makes people do crazy things, like murder It is a love so self centered that it will deny its recipient of happiness when rejected Lastly, we come to shepherd Gabriel Oak s love In contrast to Mr Boldwood s self centered love, this love is so great that Gabriel is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of hers I believe this is the strongest of the three Willing to consider, willing to endure, willing to suffer for the sake of one it loves It may not be as bright as Troy s passion, or loud as Boldwood s insane self love, but it is never wavering in its steady stream of purity Like Oak, it is often ignored by its recipient in favor of those kinds much brighter and louder But, also like Oak, when it is given the chance, it is the one that will last forever Where, however, happy circumstances permit its development, the compounded feeling proves itself to be the only love which is strong as death that love which many waters cannot quench, nor the floods drown, beside which the passion usually called by the name is evanescent as steam With regards to this, it just occurred to me that certain famous quotations about love are true For Troy Love is the strongest desire For Boldwood Love is blind For Gabriel Love conquers all Forgive me, for these trifles I just thought it ironic that all of them are correct, yet none of them talk of the same thing Let me not detain you any longer, as I end, I should just like to admire Hardy s attitude with respect to love, and his attitude towards humanity in general At first, I thought that the simple workfolk of Weatherbury were just background and were there only to provide humor in the story But as the tale progressed, it became apparent that they were the echoes of Hardy s own beating heart They embodied his appreciation for country living, for his Wessex, for Mother Nature, for the preservation of things old in this rapidly changing world, and lastly for his optimism in both love and life As the great blusher Joseph Poorgrass probably my favorite character says as he closes the tale But tis as tis, why, it might have been worse, and I feel my thanks accordingly I guess when it comes to love, romance, and relationships I m not one to talk I m pretty certain I m not an expert on these things, so I can t really give any insights or anything Personally, all I do is echo It is better to have loved and lost, than to not have loved at all Hey, I feel my thanks too. I loved escaping into this 19th century English novel I dove into it and found both comfort and sustenance.One of my reading goals for 2017 is to make time for classics I haven t read yet, and Far From the Madding Crowd was perfect because this was my first Thomas Hardy book The fact that I enjoy novels set in the English countryside was just a lucky bonus.I had seen two different movie versions of the book, so I was familiar with the basic story Strong Woman Refuses Wonderful Man then Strong Woman Taunts Another Wonderful Man and finally Strong Woman Foolishly Marries Total Jerk Chaos Ensues until Strong Woman Comes To Senses and Marries First Wonderful Man.I love the character of Bathsheba Everdene, and how she wanted to defy the traditional role of women Fun trivia the writer of the Hunger Games series reportedly named her heroine Katniss Everdeen as an homage to Bathsheba I also loved the character of Gabriel Oak aka Wonderful Man , and despised Sergeant Troy And how could you not pity Farmer Boldwood for the way Bathsheba flirted with him Far from the Madding Crowd was first published in 1874, and reading thisthan 140 years later, it s difficult to appreciate how groundbreaking some aspects of this story were for the time I liked this note about Hardy s candor from the Introduction to my edition It was imperative that the things which everybody is thinking but nobody is saying be taken up and treated frankly and for Hardy this included such unmentionable things as female sexuality and illegitimacy I just adored this novel I liked the prose and I enjoyed spending time with these characters Five stars to Mr Hardy for letting me escape into the English countryside for a week, even if things are never as calm and quiet as they appear.Favorite Quotes It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way, but it has been known to fail Bathsheba loved Troy in the way that only self reliant women love when they abandon their self reliance When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never any strength to throw away One source of her inadequacy is the novelty of the occasion She has never had practice in making the best of such a condition Weakness is doubly weak by being new I am not a fool, you know, although I am a woman, and have my woman s moments To persons standing alone on a hill during a clear midnight such as this the roll of the world eastward is almost a palpable movement The sensation may be caused by the panoramic glide of the stars past earthly objects, which is perceptible in a few minutes of stillness or by a fancy that the better outlook upon space afforded by a hill emphasizes terrestial revolution or by the wind or by the solitude but whatever be its origin the impression of riding along is vivid and abiding The poetry of motion is a phrase much in use, and to enjoy the epic form of that gratification it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the night, and, first enlarging the consciousness with a sense of difference from the mass of civilized mankind, who are horizontal and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time, long and quietly watch your stately progress through the stars After such a nocturnal reconnoitre among these astral clusters, aloft from the customary haunts of thought and vision, some men may feel raised to a capability for eternity at once Fitness being the basis of all beauty, nobody could have denied that his steady swings and turns in and about the flock had elements of grace. This was just so goodSheep are such unfortunate animals there s always something happening to them I never knew a flock pass a year without getting into some scrape or otherSheep Sheeeeeep More sheep I love sheep They are so cute But sheep are actually not the reason why I love this book so much That would be silly But I do love the fact that Gabriel Oak was a shepherd, and not say, a pig farmer Anyways Even though this story takes place in rural Wessex and is filled with sheep and fields and moonlit nights and beautiful descriptions, there is a lotto it than just animals and landscapes Far From the Madding Crowd is the poignant, moving and brilliant story of Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitorsLove is a possible strength in an actual weakness Bathsheba Everdene strong, wilful, independent and, above all, beautiful, Bathsheba is a woman ahead of her time She doesn t shy away from work, she is courageous, intrepid and cannot be tamed I read a lot of romances in which the heroines do nothingthan sip afternoon tea while entertaining callers, and attend balls and soirees and drink the waters in Bath But here, we have a heroine who can do it, who is a farmer and takes on a lot of duties She starts out as her own bailiff, superintends and manages everything, and boldly enters the world of market, a world of men Bathsheba is unique and attractive, and she turned every man s headShe was of the stuff of which great men s mothers are made She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises Enter Suitor 1 Gabriel Oak What a man I m completely head over heels in love with himI shall do one thing in this life one thing certain that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die Gabriel is the kind of man you feel completely safe and secure around He s the type who cherishes and protects those he loves sheep or otherwise P and he s always there to save the day I lost count of how many times he did it during the course of the novel , counsel, or simply to lend a should to cry on He is so reliable, honest and trustful that one can tell him anything, and confide any secret to him he s sure to keep it and give you good advice Oak has over incredible self control He s not a man you need to fear If you tell him you don t want to marry him, he sucks it up and humbly accepts it even though he may be hopelessly in love with you, and will never bother you with advances and declarations again, unless you hint that you are ready to welcome them Gabriel is also the kind of employee that every employer wants He is serious, hard working, always alert, and extremely helpful He s constantly going the extra length to make sure that everything is running smoothly on the farm, and that all is well and working He falls in love with Bathsheba early on, so early in fact that it is difficult to figure out what he sees in her to make him love her so Being poor, he has nothing to offer her save his love and all his wonderful qualities, but unfortunately that is not enough for Miss Stubborn Bathsheba Everdene So, enter Suitor 2 William Boldwood Possesses most of the qualities listed above, plus money and property Should be good enough for you this time, Bathsheba, ehMy life is a burden without you , he exclaimed, in a low voice I want you I want you to let me say I love you again and again Mr Boldwood starts out as the epitome of thriving bachelorhood He presents the picture of a hard working, serious and brooding man who is quite happy living and working alone, and who hasn t wasted a thought on women and marriage in years No woman, no troubles, no drama Everything is going really well for him, and he did sound like a very good man poised, composed, upright principles, good ways of living, etcIn short, he s quite a catch, and any woman who married him would be assured protection, security, and a good positionand undying passion With Boldwood, it s all or nothing Either he doesn t give any woman a thought, or he will give one woman all his thoughts And the lucky girl isBathsheba Everdene Wee Brace yourselves, because Boldwood is as stubborn as Bathsheba and about to make a complete cake of himself by not being able to take no for an answer He probably proposes over fifty times during the course of the novel Not a good signIt was a fatal omission of Boldwood s that he had never once told her she was beautiful Cue Suitor 3 Sergeant Francis Troy No good qualities okay, maybe a few , no money, no position, no house, BUTGOOD LOOKS AND SENSUALITY HELL YESI ve seen a good many women in my time, but I ve never seen a woman so beautiful as you Sergeant Troy is the handsome, seductive rake who has no morals and no apparent life purpose The past and the future mean nothing to him He is careless, impulsive, rash and a complete asshole But he is charming and tantalizing to a fault, and knows only too well how to infiltrate himself into women s lives When the lovely Bathsheba catches his eye, he becomes caught in the moment and would give anything to win herbut does he love her And,importantly, does she love him Alas, her vanity has at last been flatteredWhen a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away Who doesn t love a good Victorian love triangle Caught in the web of their own self inflicted actions and the resulting consequences, these characters will have to go through a series of trials and events, happy and sad, trying and uplifting, before we come to a satisfactory conclusion The story is written in an incredibly beautiful, flowing and passionate way, full of quotable parts as we can observe since I can t seem to stop quoting and extraordinary descriptions I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading this novel And I also learned a lot of things, too Lessons to Remember From Far From the Madding Crowd When you live in a hut and make a fire, always keep one window open unless you want to suffocate to death Sheep, although very cute, are pretty dumb animals Cover your ricks when it rains Sending a random Valentine to your elder bachelor neighbour is not exactly a good idea Especially if said Valentine says Marry Me on the seal why the heck did she have a seal that said marry me in the first place anyways , and you have absolutely no intention of ever marrying that man for real Sheep can die from eating clover and only a certain capable, skillful, heart melting shepherd can save them Watch out when planting flowers around graves Don t keep anything in your hands or close by when you go to a fair and are sitting next to the canvas stealers, ya know Don t freaking trust bailiffs Those guys are overrated Be your own bailiff Unless you can have Gabriel Oak Always choose Gabriel if you can DON T LEAD MEN ON WHEN YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF GETTING INTIMATE WITH THEM Don t make promises proposals or any other kind of rash demands on Christmas Eve Christmas day, so as to not ruin your enjoyment of the holiday if it goes awry Don t buy things for your future significant other in preparation for your hypothetical wedding effin weird, seriously Don t creep up during the night to ride your own horse if you weren t expected at home stealers , ya know, again When you feel overwhelmed and completely distressed, spend the night in a marsh The dense, stifling air will help clear your head Don t keep your husband s ex girlfriend s coffin inside your house May cause serious breakdowns And, last but not least, ALWAYS ASK ABOUT THEIR EXES Honestly though, on a scale of 1 to Mr Boldwood, I have definitely reached his level of obsession with this book, and have spent the whole day repeatedly stating that I finished it, and it was so good, and I can t wait to see the movie, and ahhh I loved this Every bit is delicious, from Gabriel s tender devotion to Boldwood s mad obsession and Troy s promising passion, along with Bathsheba s evolutions and strengths and weaknesses Hardy was certainly one love expert Wow.And Wessex I want to go there So beautifulWhat a way Oak had, she thought, of enduring things Boldwood, who seemed so much deeper and higher and stronger in feeling than Gabriel, had not yet learnt, anythan she herself, the simple lesson which Oak showed a mastery of by every turn and look he gave that among the multitude of interests by which he was surrounded, those which affected his personal well being were not the most absorbing and important in his eyesSigh That too, is beautiful And it perfectly sums up the whole book minus Troy s shenanigans And it is why I love Gabriel so much Buddy read with Becca D The heart wants what the heart wants No, that is not from this book I just thought it would have been a good tagline for the 2015 movie adaptation of this classic they went withBased on the classic love story by Thomas HardyinsteadServe you right you silly cow That is also not from the book, but it s a sentence that popped into my mind while reading some later parts of the bookFuck off Boldwood Still not from the book but I wish it wasIt is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs Now that is from the book, which is brimming with quotable lines Not being a woman I don t know how true it is but I find this one very interesting Thomas Hardy was not a woman either unlike George Eliot but I am sure he had much better insight than I do For some clarification of this quote please refer to the comments section after the review.This is the latest of my ongoing project to read classic books in audiobook format I find that printed books requirepatience and commitment Far from the Madding Crowd is basically the story of Bathsheba Everdene and how her three suitors affect her life This is my second Thomas Hardy book, Jude the Obscure was the first, I found Jude the Obscure very depressing though quite a gripping read I am glad to report this book is somewhatupbeat, somewhat being the operative word What a gloom merchant Hardy seems to be, was he a buzz killer at parties I can not fault his talent as a writer though, his prose is consistently beautiful and elegant, his characters are well developed and vivid His plot twists and turns are often unpredictable.Looking at the protagonist Bathsheba Everdene, considering her wit and intelligence how she ends up choosing to marry the worst of the three suitors is hard to imagine Obviously in the context of the book she is dazzled by Troy s oily charms, but I find it a little out of character and feel like she chooses him to drive the plot forward If she had chosen the best man out of the three we would have ended up with a short story of nonevent.May 1, 2015 that is.Of the other two, that Boldwood seems to have a very appropriate name His wood makes him bold sorry His bullying Bathsheba into submission is hard to take, apparently he his a man driven by passion or his little fireman Gabriel Oak is the perfect gentleman throughout, I am not surprised Bathsheba does not choose him to begin with, he seems like a safe and dull choice.If the overall plot of the book seems like a soap opera I may have misrepresented it, There is a lot of psychological insight here about human nature and how we often make the wrong choices based on superficiality As mentioned earlier this novel is not as grim as Jude the Obscure, the first half of the book is in generally good spirit, the story becomes very dark towards the end of the book but ended on a moderately cheerful note I find the ending a little predictable but very satisfying, I imagine most readers would want the book to end just like this and perhaps Hardy did not want to alienate his readers too much and indulge in a gloomy ending as seems to be his wont.An enjoyable book to read when you are in the mood for a classic or some pastoral mayhem.I have not read Hardy s Tess of the d Urbervilles yet but it sounds really depressing Can t wait Notes I do love to read Hardy s unique brand of depressing fun, if you like this review I hope you will check out my other Hardy reviews Tess of the D Urbervilles Jude the Obscure The Mayor of Casterbridge The Return of the Native The Woodlanders I have not seen any of the film adaptations if you have please let me know what you think in the comments, thanks.