Far From the Madding Crowd offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished. The book might also be described as an early piece of feminist literature, since it features an independent woman with the courage to defy convention by running a farm herself. Hardy explores the proper basis for a happy marriage.
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Excellent Classic Novel
This novel is classic Hardy. His excellent style and extensive vocabulary aids in his fantastic development of his vivid & complex characters, and aids in the reader's visualization of the scenes described in the book. This is a book worth reading multiple times.
This is without doubt my favorite book I have EVER read! It should be right up there with pride and prejudice for standings! This book ties in adventure, love, betrayal, and death into a well written and amazing book!
Thomas Hardy is simply a genius. His elegant sense of humor is something to be desired in many authors. His writing is excellent, although a little verbose at times. Far from the madding crowd is just a beautiful story.