Far from the Madding Crowd
By Thomas Hardy
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780345804006, 448pp.)
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
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Despite the violent ends of several of its major characters, "Far from the Madding Crowd" is the sunniest and least brooding of Hardy's great novels. The strong-minded Bathsheba Everdene and the devoted shepherd, obsessed farmer, and dashing soldier who vie for her favor move through a beautifully realized late nineteenth-century agrarian landscape, still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life.