Come with me to the beautiful county of Dorset – Thomas Hardy country – to enjoy the company of a spirited heroine, a variety of heroes, comic yokels, and a plot packed with drama. I love Thomas Hardy’s novels, though they often make me cry.
Thomas Hardy regarded himself first as a poet, and secondly as a novelist. I adore his poems, especially when read by Richard Burton, but I also love his novels.
Far From the Madding Crowd is a brilliant study of passion and landscape, rivalry and stubborn love. It captures a rural world that was vanishing even as Hardy wrote. It is one of the warmest and sunniest of his novels, though it still contains a good dose of tragedy as well. Rich, evocative, modern and full of psychological insight, this is a book that everyone should read at least once in their lives.
Here are some convenient links for Thomas Hardy & Far From The Madding Crowd.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, narrated by Nathaniel Parker
Far From the Madding Crowd 2015 Fox BBC / TSG movie adaptation. Purchase or rent from YouTube Premium
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, narrated by Tadhg
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, 1998 Granada television film adaptation
Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin
Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner by Mark Ford
Young Thomas Hardy by Robert Gittings
The Older Hardy by Robert Gittings
Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of Thomas Hardy
Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of Thomas Hardy (Spotify)
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