....Happiness is nothing but an occasional episode in the general drama of pain... That is Hardy
"one evening of late summer, when the 19th century has reached one third of its span, a man and a woman.........." thats how the novel begins, very dramatic, very english. Hardy at his best here
Its a little long but a worth reading story about a man & his different phases in life...I loved the book....the book is full of human emotions & variances in life...
A friend recommend this one to me and let me thank her for what was a remarkable read. Right from the opening scene, Thomas Hardy keeps reader engrossed in a wonderful narration. The thing about his writing is vivid description of the nature, which takes the form of a separate character altogether, evolving with the story itself.
Other than that the character of Michael Henchard is wonderfully drawn. His virtues and vices are equally given thought to. At no point in the story did I begin to hate him even though he did some horrendous acts. The fact that he's so close to life, so real, almost makes one want to pity him. That events conspire to ruin his penance every time he attempts to do so is tragic indeed.
In his (spoiler) death lay his absolution. May we all be fortunate likewise.
i kept feeling that casterbridge was very contained by nature. hedgerows, rivers, old roman walls. the town lives by it (nature--grain dealing and assorted middle-class agribusiness) but is trapped within it. i think hardy had some issues with changes in english agriculture/country life. i was also using a lot of cough syrup while reading--like what you said, mr. dilton.
A Remarkable Book! A must read for everyone....THis book made me a fan of Thomas Hardy...amazing author!
Quick! Go to wikipedia before it's gone!! Pull up the Mayor of Casterbridge article and look under the character heading. The Micheal Henchard portion is titled "Michael is a deuche". While Micheal is extremely unpleasant, I wouldn't characterize him as a 'deuche'. Jopp on the other hand, that guy is a deuche! Ha ha!
His will I'd find it the saddest thing ever.
"The will of Michael Henchard
That Elizabeth-Jane Farfrae be not told of my death, or made to grieve on account of me;
that I be not bury'd in consecrated ground;
that no sexton be asked to toll the bell;
that nobody is wished to see my dead body;
that no mourners walk behind me at my funeral;
that no flowers be planted on my grave;
that no man remember me.
To this I put my name.