Wild passion leads to tragedy as love is perverted by marriage. But the concerns of mortals are belittled by the sombre, immemorial presence of Egdon Heath in perhaps Hardy's finest evocation of his native landscape. The text is accompanied by a critical introduction.
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496pages. 18x11x4cm. Broche souple.Review:
"Throbs with a very Victorian sense of geologies, pre-histories and even astronomy; you can feel the planet moving under the feet" (Daily Telegraph)
"Inimitably brooding style" (The Times)
"Besides my complete identification with its heroine, I loved the sheer relentless power of the writing. What other writer would start a novel with six solid pages of description without introducing a single character? Like D H Lawrence, Hardy isn't to everyone's taste: too much blighted love and atheistic pessimism. To me, ensconced in a convent thick with incense, confession and church twice on Sundays, a little atheistic pessimism was a welcome antidote" (Maeve Haran, Independent)
"Splendid" (Daily Telegraph)
"Most of Hardy's novels, and particularly the early ones, have a Shakespearean power of creating a unique world and climate of being . . . The Return of the Native is . . . thoughtful, valedictory, poetic, tinged with the somberness of an uncertainty which seems to well up from the depths of the author's own subconscious . . . Hardy's sense of the tragic life of human beings, mere small fragments of consciousness in a vast uncaring universe, comes directly from his own youthful awareness of the place and circumstances described in the novel" (John Bayley)
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Book Description 1994-04-28., 1994. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New Ed. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 496pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1050442
Book Description Apr 28, 1994. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 140620559
Book Description Penguin Putnam~mass, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140620559