The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

eBook - 2015
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A Story of a Man of Character. 'Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.' Michael Henchard, while drunk, auctions off his wife and baby daughter at a country fair. Regretting his rash action the next morning, Henchard vows sobriety and builds a life as a respected grain merchant and the Mayor of Casterbridge. When his past catches up with him 18 years later, Henchard's life is turned upside down.
Publisher: [United States] : Xist Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781681950471
1681950472

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loops____
Dec 12, 2017

This novel served as my introduction to the work of Thomas Hardy. The writing style was brilliant. The voice of the narrator was distinct and acted as a humorous, yet insightful commentary on the strengths and shortcomings of the characters as key events unfolded. The clarity of the characters' motivations combined with the domino-like consequences of their actions made this an engaging and memorable story.

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wyenotgo
Aug 21, 2015

A powerful, moving tale of a remarkable man who overcomes his very humble beginnings and despite a shameful foolish act of his youth, rises to a position of respectability in his community as well as considerable wealth. Yet in the end, he succumbs to his inner demons and fatal flaws of character and utterly destroys all that he had achieved. Despite its archaic style and dated setting, the book hold one's attention right through to its inevitable tragic end.

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1aa
Jul 16, 2015

A portrait of unconditional despair. The erosion to oblivion of a man.
Lacks maps, notes, and glossary for regionalisms and obsolescent words and phrases (the library should've ordered the Penguin Classics edition).

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biddies
Aug 24, 2012

AMAZING CLASSIC!!!!! once you get used to the style of writing it proves to be an unforgettable read. loved the wife selling scene

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blubber
Sep 07, 2010

The ultimate who done it. Written as a newspaper weekly series. Old english...I didn't guess the ending correctly!

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