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The Mayor of CasterbridgeThe Mayor Of Casterbridge, By Thomas Hardy, Is Part Of The Barnes Noble Classicsseries, Which Offers Quality Editions At Affordable Prices To The Student And The General Reader, Including New Scholarship, Thoughtful Design, And Pages Of Carefully Crafted Extras Here Are Some Of The Remarkable Features Of Barnes Noble Classics New Introductions Commissioned From Today S Top Writers And ScholarsBiographies Of The AuthorsChronologies Of Contemporary Historical, Biographical, And Cultural EventsFootnotes And EndnotesSelective Discussions Of Imitations, Parodies, Poems, Books, Plays, Paintings, Operas, Statuary, And Films Inspired By The WorkComments By Other Famous AuthorsStudy Questions To Challenge The Reader S Viewpoints And ExpectationsBibliographies For Further ReadingIndices Glossaries, When AppropriateAll Editions Are Beautifully Designed And Are Printed To Superior Specifications Some Include Illustrations Of Historical Interest Barnes Noble Classics Pulls Together A Constellation Of Influences Biographical, Historical, And Literary To Enrich Each Reader S Understanding Of These Enduring Works Thomas Hardy S First Masterpiece, The Mayor Of Casterbridge Opens With A Scene Of Such Heartlessness And Cruelty That It Still Shocks Readers Today A Poor Workman Named Michael Henchard, In A Fit Of Drunken Rage, Sells His Wife And Baby Daughter To A Stranger At A Country Fair Stricken With Remorse, Henchard Forswears Alcohol And Works Hard To Become A Prosperous Businessman And The Respected Mayor Of Casterbridge But He Cannot Erase His Past His Wife Ultimately Returns To Offer Henchard The Choice Of Redemption Or A Further Descent Into His Own Self Destructive Nature A Dark, Complex Story, The Mayor Of Casterbridge Brims With Invention, Vitality, And Even Wit.Phillip Lopate, A Professor At Hofstra University In New York City, Is Best Known As An Essayist Bachelorhood, Against Joie De Vivre, Portrait Of My Body He Is The Editor Of The Anthology Art Of The Personal Essay And Has Written A Novel, The Rug Merchant, And A Book Of Poetry, The Daily Round.

A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873 In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years This became the archetypal and literal cliff hanger of Victorian prose Excerpted from

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Thomas Hardy
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9781593081034

10 thoughts on “The Mayor of Casterbridge

  1. says:

    this is hardy s most perfectly constructed novel there are others that are appealing, to me, am i allowed to say that , but this one is such a perfect cause and effect, every action has a reaction kind of book, that it should really be his most popular and successful, instead of tess, which by comparison, is pure melodrama mayor is full of the trappings of melodrama convenient and inexplicable deaths, characters long out of the picture returning at the least opportune times, overheard conversations and love triangles and deathbed confessions, and yet it is so much than that it is the long, drawn out punishment of a man who makes an impulsive mistake, tries to redeem himself, and finds that when thomas hardy is writing your life, it just isn t going to work out for you, sorry this book has psychological insight than tess, and henchard is a much complex and nuanced character than any found in tess world tess punishments result from her gender, her innocence, the hypocrisy of society, and a mismanaged letter henchard is no ingenue.nor is this like jude, where a basically good but misguided man falls victim to circumstances michael henchard is an unlikeable character through and th...

  2. says:

    Michael Henchard an itinerant, young, annoyed farm worker, walking with quiet wife Susan, infant daughter Elizabeth Jane, looking for employment, the time, the early 1830 s, in southern England, after an exhausting journey they reach a country fair, in a small village, enter a crowded tent, with dubious humans, serving alcohol, he imbibes vigorously, a weakness that will cause much trouble, and haunt him the rest of his life soon inebriated, the highly distressed man, in a stupor, sells Susan to an unknown sailor named Newson, what began as a joke reaches an unforeseen conclusion In the morning sober, and very ashamed, he seeks his wife and daughter everywhere, but they have left the area and the nationAlmost twenty years later, a drastic change, this Mr.Henchard is now the influential Mayor of Casterbridge Dorchester , a successful businessman in the corn and hay trade, only a few miles from his crime, a secret that still causes him much pain and suffering, he has vowed and kept this oath, not to partake any intoxicating beverages for 21 years, his age during the scandal...

  3. says:

    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, have much of the same inspiriting effect upon life as wider interests cursorily embraced You like that one Heck, I got another While life s middle summer had set its hardening mark on the mother s face, her former spring like specialities were transferred so dexterously by Time to the second figure, her child, that the absence of certain facts within her mother s knowledge from the girl s mind would have seemed for the moment, to one reflecting on those facts, to be a curious imperfection in Nature s po...

  4. says:

    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 simplicity of this tale makes room for its psychological richness not the same as complexity, just depth I wish I could do this In comparision to the other 19th century realists with whom Hardy is often compared, Hardy it seems to me is the purest of them all He doesn t get lost in well m...

  5. says:

    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 Back in merry ole England and no doubt many other places if a man no longer loved his woman, he could get rid of her and potentially make a profit What a wo...

  6. says:

    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 stars after ...

  7. says:

    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 lik...

  8. says:

    When Thomas stopped writing novels in the early 1900s, he concentrated his bitterness on spectacularly peevish poetry, dripping with melancholy 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 , b...

  9. says:

    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 agonies Never 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 transform bad into worse, blue into black, it s Hardy After recovering from his hangover, Henchard repents and desperately searches for his family to no avail He gives up booze cold turkey, becomes a successful merchant farmer and is elected Mayor of Casterbridge The former Mrs Hen...

  10. says:

    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...

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