Book Review:
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Title: Far From The Madding Crowd
Author: Thomas Hardy
Published: 1874
Language: English
Pages: 445
Rating: 5/5

Bathsheba Everdene is an independent, proud woman whose life is complicated by three men; the devoted and loyal Gabriel Oak, the respectable and rich Mr. Boldwood and the seductive and impulsive Sergeant Troy.

I don't often read romance books, as I seldom enjoy them, but I absolutely loved this one. It caught me quite off guard when I found myself completely immersed in this story. The writing in this is fantastic, without being too difficult to read. I often find myself forcing my way through classics, but this felt like a breeze.

I love the little rural community this is set in and how it's portrayed. I could really picture everyone and all the places they reside.

Two things stood most out to me. The first was the characters; I really love how they're all quite different and represent different natures. The second was the way love is portrayed in three different ways, quite simply by three different men. There's slow burning affection, passionate lust, maddening love. I really liked how it was done.

Overall, quite a surprise to me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance (though I don't usually, and I still loved it).

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Also, I can't wait to watch the movie of this! So look forward to a Page vs Screen post on that.

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