Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy was not a simple novelist who only focused on creating his plots and then adding some twists to it before pronouncing it as a novel or a work of fiction. He was, to be honset, someone beyond the noun - a 'novelist'. His art was subtle and his novels were nothing short of fiction-orgasms. And I will be reviewing his famous novel Far from the Madding Crowd today. 

Far from the Madding Crowd is a countryside novel by all means. It has simplicity; it has beauty; it has peace; it has charm and it has a theme - love never ends. Who can forget Oak? Who can forget Bathsheba? Can you still forget the charming but cunning Troy? Who can get off the acerbic and raged Boldwood? Who can ever forget the pitiable end of Fanny's love? 

However, the thing that saves the novel for the readers as well as the novelist himself is undoubtedly the unceasing love of the hero - Gabriel Oak. His innocence and his simplicity will make you fall in love with the novel again and again. He is constant - in other words, a flat character who does not change with situations. 

Rise of feminist characters in the novels of the modern days was annunciated in the novels of late-Victorian's like Hardy. Thomas Hardy always had a soft corner for things like modernism and experimentalism. He always wanted to offer an extra mile to the readers and we all have seen that in his other novels - Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge and many others. 

Far from the Madding Crowd can be seen as a novel which takes the readers to the ancient days and them brings them back to the modern mundane life - is it fair? Is it justified? Cannot we just sit in the farms and watch Oak working amidst the ships? Cannot we just keep staring the beautiful face of Bathsheba? 

Readers, you won't find another gem like this... do read this novel if you have still missed reading it by any chance. You will be excited - mesmerised and satisfied! You can get a copy of this novel by following the link below - Amazon India: 

review by Suraj for Book Reviews Web 

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