Rating: 4 / 5
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy was a recent pick for the #classicsbuddyread on Instagram. This isn’t a classic with which I was really familiar, but I had heard a few good reviews, so I was happy to give it a try.
Set in rural Wessex, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD centers around the life and loves of Bathsheba Everdene. Gabriel Oak is a man without a fortune, but with a good heart and love for Bathsheba though he isn’t quite what she’s looking for when he first approaches her. Mr. Boldwood is a man with money and property and endless patience waiting for Bathsheba to decide he’s the one for her. Sergeant Troy has looks and apparently charm to catch many a woman’s eye.
I went into this book pretty blind, but I wound up really enjoying it. There’s a good amount of humor mixed in with the at times soap-opera like drama and I found it to be an easy read. Bathsheba makes some poor decisions and misses out on some opportunities, but she is a woman ahead of her times. She is fiercely independent and knows her own mind. Instead of immediately deferring to the men in her life, she manages her own farm and holds her own in a man’s world. She is absolutely a character I could root for!
It was nice to have a light and fun classic and I look forward to chatting about it with our group!