With an essay by Robert Langbaum.
'Here - I am waiting to know about this offer of mine. The woman is no good to me. Who'll have her?'
In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper.
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Hardy's reworking of Oedipus Rex, set in the author's native Wessex in the 1840s. Michael Henchard, a drunken journeyman labourer...The novel is Hardy's most powerful study of will and character and the irresistibility of fate.Read Full Review of The Mayor of Casterbridge (Pe... | See more reviews from Guardian
It is a story of unbridled emotions, rivalry, betrayal, and tragedy. It may not be a page turner in the traditional sense but it is a fascinating portrait of human weakness and emotions.Read Full Review of The Mayor of Casterbridge (Pe... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
In Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece of a novel written in the 1880s...the destinies of the two main characters, the tragic Michael Henchard and the triumphant Donald Farfrae, essentially rested on the outcome of their trading in commodities.Read Full Review of The Mayor of Casterbridge (Pe...
In a period of rose-colored glasses, Thomas Hardy’s work features a realistic depiction of human suffering and torment. His work is also skilfully written in an easy to follow style.Read Full Review of The Mayor of Casterbridge (Pe...
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