Far from the Madding Crowd Author:Thomas Hardy An immediate success when it was first published in 1874, Thomas Hardy's 'pastoral tale' of the wilful and capricious Bathsheba Everdene, her three suitors - the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, the lonely widower Farmer Boldwood, and the dashing but faithless Sergeant Troy - and the tragic consequence of her eventual choice remains one of the mos... more »t enduring and popular English novels.« less
If you have read other Hardy works before Madding Crowd, you will quickly recognize his writing style here. The characters and their intricately interwoven relationships to one another drive the story, although the ending is painfully obvious and inevitable. The depth of characters and their toils is the strength of this novel, although Hardy's extraordinarily lengthy setting descriptions become tedious. Overall, an enjoyable read that delivers you to a world that no longer exists - and perhaps never truly did.