The book explores the proper basis for a happy marriage. Bathsheba's physical attraction to the broadsword-wielding Troy leads to a disastrous marriage that might have ended in financial ruin. A marriage to the strait-laced Boldwood, to whom she is bound only by feelings of guilt and obligation, would have meant emotional suffocation. Gabriel Oak is her colleague, friend, and advocate. He offers her true comradeship and sound farming skills; and, although she initially spurns him, telling him she doesn't love him, he turns out to be the right man to make her happy.
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Epic love story? Check. Gorgeous descriptions of the English countryside? Check. Ahead-of-her-time feminist protagonist? Double check. There are so many reasons to love Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, including the fact that it’s being made into a movie starring Carey Mulligan. We enjoyed being swept away by the drama and tumultuous passions that pass between the charismatic, headstrong Bathsheba and her variously suitable suitors.
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Far from the madding crowd
A true classic. A must read at least once in your life.
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