The Mayor of Casterbridge Author:Thomas Hardy Beginning prior to 1833 in England, the story recounts the sale of a wife by her drunken husband. Later, sober again, he is horrified at what he has done. He changes his ways, swears off hard liquor, becomes an upright citizen and mayor. He seeks to find and atone to the wife - and the daughter - he has wronged. (A summary from a Reader's Suppl... more »ement which is a part of the book and contains discussion of this and other of Hardy's novels.)« less
For being written in 1886, this book felt surprisingly modern and engrossing. The twists and turns of Henchard's life were enthralling and though many of his actions proved him reprehensible, he was still somehow likable... Farfrae also was an interesting character, though Elizabeth-Jane truly stole the show. All in all, I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed reading this and I will certainly keep an eye out for his other works.