☆ The Mayor of Casterbridge ↠´ Download by á Thomas Hardy
☆ The Mayor of Casterbridge ↠´ Download by á Thomas Hardy Someone has been roasting a waxen image of me Why is it that certain things you read in your youth stay with you forever So it has been with this sentence from The Mayor of Casterbridge, which I had to read in school There are many things that have stayed with me from those days, but little quite as much as this book I am not sure why Maybe it is the credible characterisation, maybe it is the subtle turns of plot that make you smile, frown, cross and shout in fury at the pig headed yet immensely warm protogonist Henchard Maybe it is the wonderful vocabulary Maybe it is just that this is a delightful story, which I have read again this week, and enjoyed every bit as much all these years later as I did then Thank you Mrs Rooke, my English teacher, for making me read this book And if you re I d heard Hardy was a bit of a chore, so instead of his chunky novels I went slender with The Mayor of Casterbridge as my first I m not sure it was a wise choice Not because I thought it was bad by any means The writing s quite good, the story held my interest, but jeez louise, this is bleak stuff It s bleaker than Bleak House Are all this books like this I m not normally depressed, but I may have to put myself on suicide watch just to get through another one of his novels Seriously though, I don t mind a dose of miserable realism now and then, and I liked that peek into an odd and terrible matrimonial tradition Stories based on drunken missteps that linger into lifelong regrets do not generally lend themselves to frivolity and this book is not about happy happy good times Bac Ooof, finally finished this trudge trudge trudge of a book, and it isn t even that long Maybe I m getting feeble but Thomas Hardy s manytentacled sentences and trillion 19th century rural slang words presented a north face of the Eiger challenge for my little brain strange words like clane, felloe, furmety, gaberlunzie, twanking, diment, rantipole and comminatory and many many , and sentences like this deep breath As the lively and sparkling emotions of her early married life cohered into an equable serenity, the finer movements of her nature found scope in discovering to the narrow lived ones around her the secret as she had once learnt it of making limited opportunities endurable by a species of microscopic treatment, of those minute forms of satisfaction that offer themselves to everybody not in positive pain which, this handled I give it five stars because it seems nearly a perfect example of its type of craft This book has an intertwined and flawless plot that is never overcomplicated it is full of wonderful language, rich with regional variation, for instance the tenor of Donald Farfrae s Scottish is exceptionally musical and not like the speech of his peers There were moments reading this book I felt so much under the sway of the author s power that I could observe him wirte himself into one tight plot corner and then another and then skillfully find his way out from all Plot plot plot There s a lot to learn here Everything they told us in graduate school started here plot springs from character don t coddle your characters reveal their weaknesses, build plot around their flaws Let their mistakes haunt their lives forever Don t get bogged down in narrative tangents The sim What a silly novel Much of these unfortunate destinies could have been prevented if only the characters weren t so stupid and didn t make so many irrational and unbelievable decisions But what an entertaining story this is It s got a shocking beginning and a lot of plot twists that I didn t see coming, I just wish that it didn t feel like Thomas Hardy was pushing the plot forward in an unnatural and quite unbelievable way I won t go too much into the plot and the characters decisions which I disagree with because I want for you to be surprised when you read it I will say, though, that this is quite an entertaining book, however in my eyes not the strongest work of Hardy s.
It seems The Mayor of Casterbridge can end only in one direction as this Mayor is continually victimized by his own shortcomings As the novel begins, we witness the famous selling of his wife while he is in a drunken stupor, not caring about anything or anyone else in the world Years later, he has his chance to make changes, amends but his essential character prevents this He sees evil and devils where there are none and increases small faults to large He turns friends to enemies and enemies to people who will do him wrong.
I used to think that Hardy was about fate when I was young but now I see him as about character His people earn the good and bad that happens by how they interact with the world around them, by their meanness or their generosity, their straightforwardness or their double dealing Fate watches and smiles or cries.
A strong 4 stars 3 15 13Rating changed to 5 When Thomas stopped writing novels in the early 1900s, he concentrated his bitterness on spectacularly peevish poetry, dripping withmelancholy self loathing than mid 90s Morrissey albums has anyone actually heard Maladjusted or Southpaw Grammar the whole way through These poems captivated my downbeat imagination as a teenager but the novels remained out of reach I wanted heartbreak to go, I wasn t looking to eat in the restaurant of shattered dreams Now, I find myself pulled towards the Great Grump s masterworks Starting with this terrific novel that reads like a transcript of my first two goes on The Sims I lost my father, killed my mother, made a series of kitchen fire hotchpotches and ended up killing all my close friends and children, then killed myself The details are different in The Mayor of Casterbridge only slightly , but if ever a writer was Sim like, it s Hard Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain Life is an oasis which is submerged in the swirling waves of sorrows and agoniesNever have I found a couple of lines in a novel that so perfectly sum up the writer s oeuvre for me To those, I d add, Gloom, despair and agony on me from an old TV song.
This was my first Hardy novel, reading it last July In the six plus months since, I ve made myself a Hardy punching bag Tess of the D Urbervilles, Return of the Native, and Far from the Madding Crowd I may need Treatment This Hardy tragic novel, published in 1886, was set in the first half of the 19th Century Still, the set up is far fetched compared to the other three Here we have a drunken Michael Henchard who sells his wife and baby girl Eliza Jane to a sailor You think that s bad If anyone can transf
Henchard is now the influential Mayor of Casterbr I Ve Not Always Been What I Am Now In A Fit Of Drunken Anger, Michael Henchard Sells His Wife And Baby Daughter For Five Guineas At A Country Fair Over The Course Of The Following Years, He Manages To Establish Himself As A Respected And Prosperous Pillar Of The Community Of Casterbridge, But Behind His Success There Always Lurk The Shameful Secret Of His Past And A Personality Prone To Self Destructive Pride And Temper Subtitled A Story Of A Man Of Character , Hardy S Powerful And Sympathetic Study Of The Heroic But Deeply Flawed Henchard Is Also An Intensely Dramatic Work, Tragically Played Out Against The Vivid Backdrop Of A Close Knit Dorsetshire TownThis Edition Includes An Introduction, Chronology Of Hardy S Life And Works, The Illustrations For The original Serial Issue, Place Names, Maps, Glossary, Full Explanatory Notes As Well As Hardy S Prefaces To TheAndEditions