Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd

By Thomas Hardy

  • Release Date: 1874-01-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 28 Ratings
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The book explores the proper basis for a happy marriage. Bathsheba's physical attraction to the broadsword-wielding Troy leads to a disastrous marriage that might have ended in financial ruin. A marriage to the strait-laced Boldwood, to whom she is bound only by feelings of guilt and obligation, would have meant emotional suffocation. Gabriel Oak is her colleague, friend, and advocate. He offers her true comradeship and sound farming skills; and, although she initially spurns him, telling him she doesn't love him, he turns out to be the right man to make her happy.


  • Far From the Madding Crowd

    By Canada
    Fantastic story, obviously. Brutal copy, though. Tons of punctuation errors- whole lines missing in many parts- makes it very frustrating to read.
  • Good book, bad edition

    By rev McC
    A great read, although this version is full of typos that can be significantly distracting at times. I suspect it was scanned and the errors never corrected... But for a free copy, can't really complain!
  • I loved this book!

    By somewhere in northern ontario
    Depressing at times, but beautiful rendition of rural agrarian life in England prior to the industrial revolution, with wonderful well drawn characters. It takes a lot of patience to read because Hardy carefully crafts the setting, the characters, and the plot. There are moments of great comedy and tragedy, but it does end happily!