It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rustic England. A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next day he regrets his rash act and vows to give up drink and find his family and bring them home. Eventually he is forced to give up the search and move on with his life. He does this quite successfully until, nearly 20 years later, his past comes back to haunt him.
A soap opera
A man who blames others for his problems, does something bad when drunk, stops drinking and becomes a success, finds happiness, loses everything, becomes bitter and then becomes resigned.
A daughter who is happy but finds out she is not who she thinks she is, twice, but finds happiness anyway.
A man who is talented and annoyingly good at everything, becomes a great success, usurping the first man on the way. Twists and turns all the way.
An enjoyable romp
The mayor of caster bridge
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Have always meant to read this after far from the madding crowd and was not disappointed.
The story of a man at his lowest who manages to reform himself