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He 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 and their flaws And there are the secondary characters those who live in the cottages on the heath who act as both comic relief and Greek chorus There s the tragedy itself which is brought about not by evil but as tragedy so often is by misunderstandings and bad timing The tragedy is lightened somewhat by the conclusion of the novel which is a happy ending for at least some of the characters This was not the ending that Hardy initially intended and was apparently a result of the demands of serial publication and the expectations of readers I think the novel suffers somewhat as a result but only a little Secondly there s the language of the novel Hardy eventually gave up writing novels to write poetry and it s clear that the poet was always there in the novelist The language is rich complex with breathtakingly beautiful imagery Many scenes are so vividly described that I could see them as oil paintings knowing exactly how the light and shadow would fall on them Thirdly there s Alan Rickman s narration It is uite simply a oy to listen to Rickman narrates he does not deliver a bravura acting performance so his reading is restrained However he nevertheless creates distinctive and appropriate voices for the characters including wonderful West Country accents for the supporting characters His voice is mesmerising low rich and warm I could listen to it forever All in all as an experiment to see if I could really enjoy a novel by Thomas Hardy listening to this audiobook has been spectacularly successful If I had read a text version I probably would have given it a four star rating maybe even 3 12 stars because of the less than totally satisfactory ending Listening to Alan Rickman read the book to me has elevated the experience from great to amazing My only problem is that I may have difficulty finding another audiobook that I will enjoy as much 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 A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, job they were to demonstrate proper behavior Their good characters were rewarded their bad characters were punished Even the best of them Austen and Dickens encouraged 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 ofustice Eliot and Hardy were similar enough to be mistaken for each 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 external Vicissitudes crush his characters My favorite example 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 entire flock of sheep his whole earthly 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 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 "cliff Picture it like a Jenga Hardy removes this tile then that one
no one tile is that big a deal one tile is that big a deal eventually the whole thing topples Eustacia Vye isn t an awesome person but Hardy takes pains to point out that she isn t that bad either She isn t actually having an affair with shitty old Wildeve who isn t that bad himself These are people on the normal people scale 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
careless and a dick but she really does think Clym s getting up to do it She sneaks Wildeve out back door not exactly because they have so much to hide Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery 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 empty except 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 exciting world Clym marries the ambitious lady his mother objected as she did her niece the goal enchanting 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 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 loveealous 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 their enormous 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 economic vocabulary of value and investment the novel's classical structure and Hardy's cinematic techniu. 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 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 extreme and special place in my heart It was the start of my adoration of the English countryside It was a true story of love life and reality Watching the drama unfold over the years chapter by chapter was phenomenal I was there while it happened at least it felt so to me Hardy had a uniue ability to transport me to his vision I felt connected to him as a writer and a storyteller I loved every character I couldn t decide who should end up with whom It s that good you see all sides You want everything But sadly you cannot have it The fighting felt true to form The depression made me melancholic I fell in love with the main characters and would have done anything to see them happy when I first read it I ve read it three times roughly every ten years I m due again in the very near future Perhaps we should buddy read it About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by 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 his eleventh novel and the fifth of the very popular Wessex novels and here he comes Here comes Hardy walking out towards his desk He looks confi 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 exuisite approach to creating this authentic and animastic heath involved his especially discerning eye 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 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 An example of when I wish I had an 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 semi educated young woman who has long wished to escape the heath She hopes that Clym will "change his mind about opening a school after they marry and instead take her to "his mind about opening a school after they marry and instead take her to to live Clym develops an eye problem which ruins his school
s careless and a dick but she really does think Clym s getting up to do it She sneaks Wildeve out
Plans And He Ends Up Taking A Job As A and he ends up taking a ob as a cutter hedge cutter but refuses to go back to Paris Thus struggles develop and catastrophes ensue from Eustacia s unrealized passion to flee Egdon Heath and her caged feeling 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 inhibited empathy 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 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 be easily filled with yellowI can t remember a book maybe The Terror where the physical environment plays such an active role in the course of events 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 entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath and with the exception of the epilogue Aftercourses covers exactly a year and a day The narrative begins on the evening 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 emphasising 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. In Hardy's The Return of the Native Eustacia Vye criss crosses the wild Egdon Heath eager to experience 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.
free read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ï Thomas HardyAs Eustacia VyeEustacia Vye is a young maid filled with longing for the city of Paris for new experiencesfresh sights sounds that have never rang her ears before and a lover to fill her heart with dewy eyed passion She lives on the moors of 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 her moods recalled lotus eaters and the march in Athalie her motions the ebb and flow of the sea her voice the viola In a dim light and with a slight rearrangement of her hair her general figure might have stood for that of either of the higher female deities The new moon behind her head an old helmet upon it a diadem of accidental dewdrops round her brow would have been adjuncts sufficient to strike the note of Artemis Athena or Hear respectively with as close an approximation to the antiue as that which passes muster on many respected canvases There is a sweet scene when a young lad named Charley strikes a deal with her to allow her to get her way She offers him money He shook his head Money won t do it What will then Charley said Eustacia in a disappointed tone You know what you forbad me at the maypoling miss murmured the lad without looking at her Yes said Eustacia with a little hauteur You wanted to oin hands with me in the ring if I recollect Half an hour of that and I ll agree miss Eustacia regarded the youth steadfastly He was three years younger than herself but apparently not backward for his age Half an hour of what she said though she guessed what Holding your hand in mine She was silent Make it a uarter of an hour she said Yes Miss Eustacia I will if I may kiss it tooThat scene made me nostalgic for a time when holding a girl s hand was the penultimate moment of an evening I m not going to discuss plot but to give you some idea of the complexity of passions cavorting on the moors I will outline the problems that lead to a host of heavy sighs wildly beating hearts and hands thrown over foreheads in exasperation Me includedClym Yeobright the returning native that inspires the title of this novel is in love with Eustacia Vye Eustacia Vye is in love with Clym but also burns a candle or in this case a pile of furze for Damon Wildeve Damon Wildeve falls in love with Eustacia Vye but throws her over for Thomasin Yeobright and yet continues to look longingly at Eustacia Vye The man Mes recettes veggie au robot-cuiseur - 150 ides faciles et rapides ! just can t make up his mind Diggory Venn the red faced reddleman is head over heels in love with Thomasin Yeobright The writers for The Bold and the Beautiful have nothing on Hardy Map of the fictional Egdon HeathClym s mother is incensed that he would give up his wonderfulob in Paris to move back to Egdon Heath and then to add insult to injury that he would pick up with that Vye girl You are blinded Clym she said warmly It was a bad day for you when you first set eyes on her And your scheme is merely a castle in the air built on purpose to ustify this folly which has seized you and to salve your conscience on the irrational situation you are in As I was reading this I kept thinking to myself Clym my word tell your mother to open up her eyes and see that Eustacia is a Bourbon rose and what is a red blooded English male supposed to do when faced with a Catherine Zeta Jones beauty He marries her by god Clym has returned with the idea that he will open a school and teach the poor children of the district He studies morning noon and night cramming all the knowledge he can into his noggin from the books he can find His mother may have cursed him when she accused him of being blind because the result of that regimented schedule is that he becomes sick and loses his eyesight As his eyesight gradually comes back he is eventually able to "SEE WELL ENOUGH TO CUT FURZE "well enough to cut furze gorse to keep a bit of money coming in while waiting for his eyesight to recover Gorse is a plant that grows on the heath that is edible for livestock to eat or could be used as kindling for fires This is not the ob that Eustacia expects her educated husband to be seen doing She is embarrassed and lets him know Furze Cutter Yeobright placed his hand on her arm Now don t you suppose my inexperienced girl that I cannot rebel in high Promethean fashion against the gods and fate as well as you I have felt steam and smoke of that sort than you have ever heard of But the I see of life the do I perceive that there is nothing particularly great in its greatest walks and therefore nothing particularly small in mine of furze cutting If I feel that the greatest blessings vouchsafed to us are not very valuable how can I feel it to be any great hardship when they are taken away I really liked Yeobright He is a man out of place where he was born and yet even though he was successful in the city competing against the best and brightest he has a vision to return to where he was born and give back to his community I love those stories today about those people who are smart enough and brave enough to rise above the slums they are raised in They escape to trail blaze a pathway to success for others and return to the slums to raise up those less fortunate They provide a role model for kids with parents who have long given up on improving their place on the cosmic scale Unfortunately Yeobright is a man ahead of his time In conseuence of this relatively advanced position Yeobright might have been called unfortunate The rural world was not ripe for him A man should be only partially before his time to be completely to the vanward in aspirations is fatal to fame Had Philip s warlike son been intellectually so far ahead as to have attempted civilization without bloodshed he would have been twice the godlike hero that he seemed but nobody would have heard of an Alexander This book is considered one of Thomas Hardy s masterpieces
The range of emotion expressed during the youthful exuberance of unmitigated passionate young love definitelyrange of emotion expressed during the youthful exuberance of unmitigated passionate young love definitely me out of my comfort zone The writing is superb even though the prose at times turns a darkening shade of purple There is so much to this book than what I have discussed today These are mere samplings of the highlights this book has to offer I stumbled through the first hundred pages but then I started clicking with Hardy s writing I am so glad I hung in there to put a check mark by another must read classic If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at 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 overshadowed 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 excellent decision that was for this was a sublime experience First there s 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 edition has the only critical text based on the manuscript and first edition and. .