Friday, November 27, 2015
Book Review: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Far From the Madding Crowd is a beautiful story. I had never heard of this book until they made a movie of it (though for the record I did not see the film until after I read the book). I loved how tastefully this whole situation is portrayed. This is one of those books that makes me with for a time with more social graces even when the people's lives were simpler. Bathsheba certainly sticks her foot in things over and over again, and Oak is always there to lovingly call her out on her mistakes. Bathsheba falls for Troy pretty much because he's the only man who doesn't want to marry her (which brings up all kinds of psychological issues, but whatever). It has to be said - I just loved the constant presence and consistency of Oak. He's definitely the Mr. Darcy of the story and another literary dream boat to add to the list. Any man that can save your entire flock of sheep and still look handsome is worth keeping around. The story overall is about how one person's mistakes can affect so many others, a lesson we can all still benefit from today. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.