Far From The Madding Crowd
Sally Minogue sets the BBC premier of the 2015 film adaptation alongside its 1967 predecessor. ...
"She was of the stuff of which
great men's mothers are made."
Introduction and Notes by Norman Vance, Professor of English, University of Sussex.
Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love.
It tells of the dashing Sergeant Troy whose rakish philosophy of life was '...the past was yesterday; never, the day after'. And lastly, of the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love fills him with '...a fearful sense of exposure', when he first sets eyes on Bathsheba.
The background of this tale is the Wessex countryside in all its moods, contriving to make it one of the most English of great English novels.
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