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English Fiction Coursework Critic Review of Far From The Madding Crowd What can I say about this book? For 474 pages worth, this was disappointing. Thomas Hardy must have known something I didn't, because this book didn't do anything for me. And I don't think it can do anything for you. Don't get me wrong, the plot is an original one- a woman being harassed and ogled at by her workers, and her associates. But it quite frankly bores me. Focusing the book on two main characters: There's solemn Gabriel, the honest bachelor who seemed to do nothing but envy Troy for marrying his seemingly forbidden love, and the powerful temptress known as Bathsheba. What's the point? They got together in the end. Focusing the story on the friendship between the two- from Gabriel's ignorant proposal to the eventual marriage of the two. ...read more.


After all, what proud man wants to read about some woman running a farm? Bossing everyone about, it's inaccurate! It's just stupid! Sanity is restored (Sort of) when Troy marries Bathsheba, but even that is scarred by the womaniser's hastiness in marrying the jezebel. "All romances end at marriage" quotes the Sergeant. Romance? There never was any romance! Lust is the key here. In my opinion, Troy just used Bathsheba to exploit her position. Marry her for her money. Get a nice discharge from the army, a farm, what could be better? Oh, more money. And the brilliance is, he has to take some money to help his ex-fianc�! Who dies in the next chapter! With his child! Not the most tear-jerking moment in the book, though. That award goes to the last page, which makes you cry with delight that you've finally seen the end of this travesty. ...read more.


In novels, I hate repetition. Seeing the word 'said' after every spoken word becomes tedious. Missing are the 'stated' and 'voiced'. Interesting ways to say 'said' benefit books more than you would think. And that's what niggles away at the book. 'Said' is like saying 'nice' to describe things. It's simple, and very dull. It may be petty, but these petty things can improve the novel, and stop this review being so negative. Far From the Madding Crowd is anything but that. It belongs with the mad crowd. Sane people wouldn't pick it up. I wouldn't advise you to buy, or even contemplate reading this book. For the romanticists among us, it's great. For the non-romantic types, steer clear of this 'novel'. You'll just be saddened that you paid good money for the book. Why pay good money when you can read this review? I've told you what happens. Learn by my mistakes. The enjoyment factor is crucial for this book's survival, and, sadly, the factor is reading '0'. ...read more.

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