Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Thomas Hardy is one of those few perfect storytellers who manage to give life to characters and invented events. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy is one of those novels that come to life in front of your eyes as you read, you feel carried in a time and among people as real as you. Thus, the novel opens with a description of the farmer Gabriel Oak, who is presented as a man just like everyone else, leaving only to glimpse some features that could make him be a little more special than them. After this brief introduction, you remain with the impression that you will read a book about his life, but continuing, you ask yourself whether you were wrong, because in the foreground is brought Bathsheba Everdene.

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Without being the most representative specimen of the female gender, Bathsheba Everdene still has several typical female features on which the whole novel is built. As in all his novels, Hardy builds the story on the idea of ​​an implacable destiny that cannot be influenced either by the actions of those who perform it or by the creator of the story. Reading the book’s first lines is like you upset a glass of water, liquid that once spread flows where it wants and depending on the surface on which was spilled. Far from the Madding Crowd is not a romantic novel, but one about characters and destiny.