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D whatever appreciation for Hardy s work I might otherwise have developed The result is that I have not read another of Hardy s novels since leaving university Until now Through one of my Goodreads friends Thanks Robin I discovered that Alan Rickman had narrated The Return of the Native and I decided that if listening to an audiobook narrated by Rickman could not make me like Hardy then nothing could After all I would pay good money to hear Alan Rickman read the telephone directory or the bus timetable so why not listen to him read Hardy What an xcellent decision that was for this was a sublime Blood Runs Green experience First there s the novel itself This is Greek or Shakespearean tragedy in the form of a novel The setting Egdon Heath is a character in itself brought alive by its flora its fauna the time of day the season the weather conditions and most of all those who live there Then there are the main characters whose lives and dramas are played out on and around the heath all of them amazingly alive with their passions To understand how radical Thomas Hardy is we could start with how radical the rest of his century wasn t For most of the 1800s novels were basically maiden aunts yelling at you about your skirt length They had a job they were to demonstrate proper behavior Their good characters were rewarded their bad characters were punished Even the best of them Austen and Dickensncouraged conformity They re coerciveThis is lame obviously and some authors were like That s not how shit is at all Good behavior is like never rewarded irl They set out to write about the real world Over in France this is part of what Flaubert was up to with his landmark realist novel Madame Bovary And in English the greatest of these radicals were George Eliot and Thomas HardySo the radical part is their books have these messy outcomes they re about universes in which there s no particular order or sense of justice Eliot and Hardy were similar Charting an Empire enough to be mistaken forach other when Hardy serialized Far From the Madding Crowd anonymously some critics guessed it was Eliot But there are differences Eliot is longer slower deeper and she s character driven Hardy is tremendously melodramatic and he s concerned with the outside force of fate Eliot is internal Hardy is Colored Property external Vicissitudes crush his characters My favoritexample comes at the beginning of Far From the Madding Crowd Gabriel Oak a noble farmer wakes to a strange bleating He follows it to a twitching white and red heap at the base of a cliff It s his Desire and Truth entire flock of sheep his wholearthly fortune they ve all run off the cliff in the night Why No reason Sheep are dumb Life is unfairIt s this unfairness that characterizes Hardy the most for me If there s one thing you can be sure of when you The Exiles Gallery enter Hardy s world of Wessex it s that it won t be fair Pessimism is the other word you hear a lot He s a bummerIn Return of the Native fate is subtle and twisted than Gabriel Oak s cliff Picture it like a Jenga tower Hardy removes this tile then that one no one tile is that big a deal butventually the whole thing topples Eustacia Vye isn t an awesome person but Hardy takes pains to point out that she isn t that bad ither She isn t actually having an affair with shitty
old Wildeve who isn t that bad himself These are people on the normal people Wildeve who isn t that bad himself These are people on the normal people They re lower on it than you are you re great but they re not monsters They re smaller versions of the Mayor of Casterbridge not so much villains as helpless assholes When the drama arrives late in the book there s been no dastardly crime view spoilerWildeve is at Eustacia s house while her husband Clym is asleep they re not boning but they re flirting Eustacia doesn t answer the door for Clym s aging mom she s careless and a dick but she really does think Clym s getting up to do it She sneaks Wildeve out
The Back Door Not Exactly Because They back door not xactly because they so much to hide just because she knows the optics on his visit are bad All these little things pile up until suddenly Clym s mother is dead hide spoiler Can you go home again Thomas Hardy asks that simple uestion in his magnificent novel The Return of the Nativewritten in 1878set in a vast sparsely populated land in rural England called Edgon Heath Rolling hills the uiet grasslands and small but valuable shrubs the furze bush Childerley emptyxcept for isolated cottages little hamlets and people struggling to survive the harsh conditions in the valley s meager farms and their loneliness The native coming back is MrClement Clym Yeobright a local legenda strange move leaving glamorous Paris involved in the lucrative diamond business there to return home a few years and he would become rich His mother is puzzled why He slowly reveals a dream become a teachereducate the ignorant superstitious poor inhabitantsgive them a brighter future Nevertheless reality sets in uickly his pretty cousin Thomasin had married a man Damon Wildeve in love with another Eustacia Vye a beautiful woman who roams the hills in the dark of night a ghostly miragesome say she s a witch others don t care but are fascinated by the free spirit Her grandfather gives the young girl the freedomlike a wild animal she floats and appears and vanishes never letting anyone get close but Mr Wildevethis is the problem Eustacia is all alone only the old grandfather sees her she prefers that not comfortable in the country a city girl but yearning to visit the outsidethe Cultural Excursions exciting world Clym marries the ambitious lady his mother objected as she did her niece the goalnchanting Paris she Miss Vye will be disappointed the town that the husband despises he wants needs the calm and the peace Still in the beginning nobody doubts the two s great feelings for Cruelty and Laughter each other the dazzlingly flame burns highbut the inevitable decline occursAnother man a former unsuccessful suitor of Thomasin Diggory Venn a traveling salesman with an uniue color still has the passion yet helps her marry a rivalhe longs to make her happy to the obviously unsuitable man Damon not interested in his new wife but desiring to make his love jealous Five personstwo unhappy marriages the math will not add upyet the story goes on many complications arrive Tragedy and misunderstanding permeates the narrative feelings change and change again the atmosphere is full of forebodingthe crisis cannot be far awayHardy gives a demonstration of his power to tear open and reveal the mystery of the human condition theirnormous weaknessesshow them in a uite unflattering lightbut also the goodness too One of the writer s besta classic. Without the later changes that substantially altered Hardy's original intentions The new introduction by critic Margaret R Higonnet is the most critically up to date discussion of the novel available and considers the mythic nature of the heath opposed to the modernity of the characters the conomic vocabulary of value and investment the novel's classical structure and Hardy's cinematic techniu. .
Harsh Heath Hardy Best in Nature as Supporting CharacterIn this 1878 novel Hardy heaves readers right into the gloomy Egdon Heath in southern England to witness the inception of coming tragedies involving the heath s inhabitants Hardy did not draw his Egdon Heath as darkly as the Bronte sisters portrayed their Cimmerian heaths in the classic novels Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre Hardy was masterful and subtle in this novelHis xuisite approach to creating this authentic and animastic heath involved his Cultural Aesthetics especially discerningye for detail and nuance and his subtlety borne of sagacity If you are not paying close attention which I wasn t when I first began reading this novel you will not realize how he fixes a domineering mood in his settings yet you will sense a paramount hopelessness an aura of doom that you cannot seem to put your finger on When looking back you will observe how he infused the story with descriptors subtext and pacing to create a countryside that plays a significant role as a character unto itself and to Class and Conformity establish and reinforce tensions and conflicts throughout his trademark in tragedy Clym Yeobright is the titular native returning to the heath after leaving a lucrative position in the Parisian diamond trade business He plans to start up a school in the heath for the poor children in a largely uneducated part of the country Eustacia Vye is I guess technically the heroine Anxample of when I wish I had an Descartes and His Contemporaries education in literature or literary theory Ms Vye seemed to me almost an anti heroine Certainly she s the least sympathetic protagonist in any of the four Hardy novels I ve read all within the past year Ms Vye is a fiery semiducated young woman who has long wished to High Tide at Midnight escape the heath She hopes that Clym will change his mind about opening a school after they marry and instead take her to Paris to live Clym develops anye problem which ruins his school plans and he Education and Equality ends up taking a job as a furze cutter hedge cutter but refuses to go back to Paris Thus struggles develop and catastrophesnsue from Eustacia s unrealized passion to flee Egdon Heath and her caged feeling Deceptive Beauties especially after her husband has accepted a lower life as a low paid non skilled laborer in the heathAs always Hardy s portrait of human nature is unsparing and uite impassive and here overlays his most somber scenery The ingredients for this Hardy tragedy an incompatible husband and wife conflicting ambitions forestalled dreams a harsh heath a ferocious rainstorm and Hardy s characteristic inhibitedmpathy 45 starsThis is a story about misunderstanding not getting the facts straight and the dangers of presumptuousness Here romance rings hollow and family is a source of strife rather than securityAlthough the plot borders on Lifetime channel fare and the dialogue can sometimes be overwrought it s Hardy s descriptive powers that also make this a great read He describes the heath the wind fire light dancing on people s faces a storm an Dangerous Work eclipse all revealing the power and beauty of the English language Not a page goes by where you aren t awe inspired by Hardy s command of the written word I found myself freuently lingering on a page and rereading passages I no longer highlight but if I did this book would beasily filled with yellowI can t remember a book maybe The Terror where the physical Flavor and Soul environment plays such an active role in the course ofvents The heath is a character in and of itself It looms large in the way the characters live their lives It provides comfort motivation and a metaphor for the spirit or lack thereof of the heath dwellers Hardy isn t known for his humor but there were rare glimpses of wit gratefully breaking up the heavy drama 839 Return of the Native Thomas HardyThe Return of the Native is Thomas Hardy s sixth published novel It first appeared in the magazine Belgravia a publication known for its sensationalism and was presented in twelve monthly installments from January to December 1878 The novel takes place ntirely in the nvirons of Egdon Heath and with the Forgery, Replica, Fiction exception of thepilogue Aftercourses covers xactly a year and a day The narrative begins on the vening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is slowly crossing the heath with his van which is being drawn by ponies In his van is a passenger When darkness falls the country folk light bonfires on the surrounding hills mphasising not for the last time the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens Venn is a reddleman he travels the country supplying farmers with a red mineral called reddle dialect term for red ochre that farmers use to mark their sheep Although his trade has stained him red from head to foot underneath his devilish colouring he is a handsome shrewd well meaning young man His passenger is a young woman named Thomasin Yeobright whom Venn is taking home Earlier that day Thomasin had planned to marry Damon Wildeve a local innkeeper known for his fickleness however an inconsistency in the marriage licence delayed the marriage Thomasin in distress ran after the reddleman s van and asked him to take her home Venn himself is in love with Thomasin and unsuccessfully wooed her two years before Now although he believes Wildeve is unworthy of her love he is so devoted to her that he is willing to help her secure the man of her choice 2004 1369 459 508 964744317 19 18051399 I read a lot of classical books like The Return of the Native and all and I like them says Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye I like that Eustacia Vye Catherine Zeta Jones as Eustacia VyeEustacia Vye is a young maid filled with longing for the city of Paris for new xperiencesfresh sights sounds that have never rang her ars before and a lover to fill
her heart with yed passion She lives on the moorsheart with
Dewy Eyed Passion Sheeyed passion She on moors Wessex in the midst of a small collection of dwellings called Egdon Heath For some the moors are mystical and strangely beautiful filled with wildlife and wonder but for Miss Vye the countryside provokes melancholy and despair She is a beautiful lass so beautiful that men are struck mute in her presence and left trembling in her wake Her presence brought memories of such things as Bourbon roses rubies and tropical midnights Hurt so goodCome on baby make it hurt so good John MellencampWUT Well reading Thomas Hardy novels always poses this kind of challenge They hurt and yet I keep coming back to him because they are indeed good and this kind of hurt is like a good The Empty Chair exercise for your E In term of language I don t think Hardy s writing is particularly difficult to access The challeng. In Hardy's The Return of the Native Eustacia Vye criss crosses the wild Egdon Heathager to xperience life to the full in her uest for music poetry passion war She marries Clym Yeobright a native of the heath but his idealism frustrates her romantic ambitions and her discontent draws others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness Early readers responded to Hardy's insatiably observant de. ,
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Ing aspects of his books are the initial meticulous scene setting and characters introduction chapters and of course the miserable situations that his characters get into TragedyWhen the feeling s gone and you can t go on It s tragedy Sorry I just had a sudden attack of Beegeesitis Anyway I am always gladish to be back in Hardyverse better known as Wessex a fictional region somewhere in the south of England A lot of pastoral mayhem seems to take place here so it is probably not an ideal vacation destination non xistence notwithstanding In The Return of the Native Hardy again depicts what bad marriages can do Clym Yeobright the returning native of the novel s title marries the almost preternaturally beautiful Eustacia Vye who is very discontent with her rural surroundings She yearns for the bright lights big cities iStores Lit etc preferably in Paris However she is not a femme fatale she does her best to be a good loving wife Unfortunately her best is of a disastrously low standard and tragedynsuesMuch of the tragedy stems from people being unable to speak their minds to be honest sincere and most of all forgiving Where this novel really resonates with me is the relationship between Clym and his mother They have a very close loving relationship until Eustacia inadvertently comes between them The mother Mrs Yeobright has some very strong prejudices about people of ill repute and is very uick to pass judgment on them her unyielding mentality Award-Winning Books for Children and Young Adults, 1990-1991 eventually leads to her downfall Eustacia s inability to settle down to compromise with her circumstances also leads to a lot of grief and much gnashing of teethAs usual Hardy s characters are very believable and vivid and it is interesting that there is no actual villain in this book Some characters become antagonists of sort merely through very unwise decision making and impropriety The hero of the book is also not Clym the protagonist but a sincere helpful and humble man called Diggory Venn who is a reddleman by profession Basically he goes around marking flocks of sheep with a red colour a mineral called reddle Not much call for such services these days I imagine but it makes him a fair amount of money and also causes hisntire body to be red coloured It plays hell with his attempts at courting a certain young lady but he Keeper of the Doves eventually finds a way According to Wikipedia Hardy had a tack on a happynding for commercial purposes so not all the characters are down in the dumps by the Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, end of the book Left to his own devices he would rather depress the hell out of his readersOver all this is a typically depressing book by Thomas Hardy Yet I really like it and recommend it for people who are not overly sensitive or those who are too insensitive and need tomote a little Life s a piece of shit when you look at itLife s a laugh and death s a joke it s trueYou ll see its all a show keep Not Quite Cold (Lowcountry Mysteries, em laughin as you goJust remember that the last laugh is on you Monty PythonWell after all that I don t have any room left to uote anlouent passage from this book There are always plenty of those in a Hardy novel so that s hardly novel Book Review 5 out of 5 stars to The Return of the Native a novel written by Thomas Hardy first published in 1878 and subseuently re issued a few times with additional revisions It s rare for me to give out a full 5 stars but this book will always hold an Collision of Wills e From one of Monty Python s albumsCommentator Hello and welcome to Dorchester where a very good crowd has turned out to watch local boy Thomas Hardy write his new novel The Return Of The Native on this very pleasant July morning This will be hisleventh novel and the fifth of the very popular Wessex novels and here he comes Here comes Hardy walking out towards his desk He looks confident he looks relaxed very much the man in form as he acknowledges this very good natured bank holiday crowd And the crowd goes uiet now as Hardy settles himself down at the desk body straight shoulders relaxed pen held lightly but firmly in
the right hand He dips the penin the ink and he s off It s the first word but it sright hand He dips the penin the ink and he s off It s the first word but it s a word oh no it s a doodle Way up on the top of the lefthand margin is a piece of meaningless scribble and he s signed his name underneath it Oh dear what a disappointing start But he s off again and here he goes the first word of Thomas Hardy s new novel at ten thirtyfive on this very lovely morning it s three letters it s the definite article and it s The Dennis Dennis Well this is true to form no surprises there He started five of his leven novels to date with the definite article We had two of them with It there s been one But two Ats one On and a Dolores but that of course was never published Commentator I m sorry to interrupt you there Dennis but he s crossed it out Thomas Hardy here on the first day of his new novel has crossed out the only word he has written so far and he s gazing off into space Oh ohh there he signed his name again Dennis It looks like Tess of the D Urbervilles all over again Commentator But he sno he s down again and writing Dennis he s written B again he s crossed it out again and he has written A and there is a second word coming up
STRAIGHT AWAY AND IT S SATaway and it s Sat Sat doesn t make sense A Satur A Saturday it s A Saturday and the crowd are loving it they are really njoying this novel And it s afternoon it s Saturday afternoon a comfortable beginning and he s straight on to the next word it s in A Saturday afternoon in in in in Nov November November is spelled wrong he s left out the second E but he s not going back it looks like he s going for the sentence and it s the first verb coming up it s the first verb of the novel and it s was and the crowd are going wild A Saturday afternoon in November was and a long word here appro appro is it a approving no it s approaching approaching A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching and he s done the definite article but again And he s writing fluently Lambrusco easily with flowing strokes of the pen as he comes up to the middle of this first sentence And with thisleventh novel well underway and the prospects of a good days writing ahead back to the studio I have spent the last thirty five years convinced that I do not like Thomas Hardy I know how it happened Reading Tess of the D Urbervilles when I was in high school and again at university made a lasting and a negative impression on me Admittedly I went on to read Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd also while I was at university and uite liked both novels Notwithstanding this my dislike of Tess overshadowe. Scriptions of the heath a setting that for D H Lawrence provided the real stuff of tragedy For modern readers the tension between the mythic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters challenges our freedom to shape the world as we wish; like Eustacia we may not always be able to live our dreams This Outside Looking In edition has the only critical text based on the manuscript and firstdition and.