This tale of love -- from reckless fervor to selfless constancy -- is firmly rooted in the rich rural byways that Hardy knew so well. Bathsheba Everdene, determined to run the farm that has always belonged to her family, is loved by three men: the local farmer Boldwood, a solid, yet passionate squire; Gabriel Oak, a quiet, devoted shepherd; and fascinating, ruthless Sergeant Troy. In this powerful, dramatic story Bathsheba, capricious and willful, comes to comprehend the true nature of generosity, humility, and, ultimately, love.This brand-new edition of Far from the Madding Crowd includes all of the material that was censored from Hardy's original 1874 manuscript and is the complete book that the author never saw published.
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Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her inheritance, the largest farm in the village. Her presence draws three suitors: the local farmer Boldwood, the shepherd Gabriel Oak and Sergeant Troy, the dashing soldier-seducer who declares, All romances end in marriage.Review:
‘“Far from the Madding Crowd” is the first of Thomas Hardy’s great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note
for which his fiction is best remembered.’ Margaret Drabble
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