A Pair of Blue Eyes was Thomas Hardy's third published novel.
Written in 1873 it was autobiographical and the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy's first wife Emma Gifford. The novel tells the tail of a the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.
Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart, her mind and the expectations of those around her - her parents and society.
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement.
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If only all narrators were this good
A Pair of Blue Eyes is an early Hardy novel of romance and fantasy, a brutal depiction of the infantilization of the daughter in a middle-class Victorian family that made me wince.
The reading is superb, a real tour de force. Even if this is not Hardy’s finest novel technically, the recording is worth acquiring for the narration as a performance.
Surely this is one of Hardy's most accessible novels, and the twists and turns of the plot are worthy of Dickens. The narrator is just superb, and I enjoyed his reading so much that I am now going to search for every other book he has ever recorded. This audiobook was a treat from start to finish, and the low price was just the icing on the cake. What a treat !!
a pair of blue eyes
This narrator could make a bad book good.He's great!