The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native

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The Return of the Native (1878) followed Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) as the second of Thomas Hardy's great Wessex novels. Set in Egdon Heath, a barren, windblown place, The Return of the Native tells the tangled web of love relationships between four young people -- the wild Eustacia, gentle Thomasin, brutal Wildeve, and long-suffering Clym. Thomas Hardy began and ended his writing career as a poet. In between, he wrote a number of books that many readers find emotionally-wrenching, but which are considered among the classics of 19th Century British literature, including Far From the Madding Crowd, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Publisher: [United States] : Ægypan Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781598186444
1598186442
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 24 cm

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stewstealth
Nov 23, 2016

An eloquent writer narrating a contrived plot with standard 19th century themes of class, love and duty. Quite melodramatic and an old fashioned style. Read it if you are interested.

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wyenotgo
Aug 21, 2015

"The plot of 'The Return of the Native' is much like a diminuitive marionette; it carries a tragedy altogether too grand in scale for its own dimensions; but its power in the book comes from the hand that pulls th strings -- the omnipotent hand of Fate."
That was the opening line of an esay that I wrote many years ago in high school after reading the book. And despite all that I have read and learned and experienced since, I can hardly think of a better way to summarize Hardy's great work, now that I've read through it again, my opinion hasn't changed. A great novel in any age.

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1aa
Jul 07, 2015

Extensive notes and glossary of colloquialisms help the reader comprehend certain passages.
There were too many fortuitous plot twists (e.g., the relatives who all died leaving an 11000 pound fortune) that strained the credulity of the reader.
Thematically though, a great book.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 22, 2014

This is a bit of a muddle, fueled by over-the-top Victorian melodrama that hasn't aged well. Infidelity and constancy play out their themes on a bleak English moor. The most rewarding aspect of the novel is the evocative setting, haunting and dismal.

mayfairlady Jan 31, 2011

one of my favourites.... Hardy does not disappoint

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shadowcat1234
Nov 05, 2010

A writer like no other.I recommend a large number of books under your belt before you read Hardy. But to read Hardy is a must for serious readers.

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