The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native

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This fine novel sets in opposition two of Thomas Hardy's most unforgettable creations: his heroine, the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye, and the solemn, majestic stretch of upland in Dorsetshire he called Egdon Heath. The famous opening reveals the haunting power of that dark, forbidding moor where proud Eustacia fervently awaits a clandestine meeting with her lover, Damon Wildeve. But Eustacia's dreams of escape are not to be realized--neither Wildeve nor the returning native Clym Yeobright can bring her salvation.

Injured by forces beyond their control, Hardy's characters struggle vainly in the net of destiny. In the end, only the face of the lonely heath remains untouched by fate in this masterpiece of tragic passion, a tale that perfectly epitomizes the author's own unique and melancholy genius.
Publisher: 1878
ISBN: 9780553212693
Branch Call Number: HARDY
Characteristics: 1 v


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Nov 23, 2016

An eloquent writer narrating a contrived plot with standard 19th century themes of class, love and duty. Quite melodramatic and an old fashioned style. Read it if you are interested.

Aug 21, 2015

"The plot of 'The Return of the Native' is much like a diminuitive marionette; it carries a tragedy altogether too grand in scale for its own dimensions; but its power in the book comes from the hand that pulls th strings -- the omnipotent hand of Fate."
That was the opening line of an esay that I wrote many years ago in high school after reading the book. And despite all that I have read and learned and experienced since, I can hardly think of a better way to summarize Hardy's great work, now that I've read through it again, my opinion hasn't changed. A great novel in any age.

Jul 07, 2015

Extensive notes and glossary of colloquialisms help the reader comprehend certain passages.
There were too many fortuitous plot twists (e.g., the relatives who all died leaving an 11000 pound fortune) that strained the credulity of the reader.
Thematically though, a great book.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This is a bit of a muddle, fueled by over-the-top Victorian melodrama that hasn't aged well. Infidelity and constancy play out their themes on a bleak English moor. The most rewarding aspect of the novel is the evocative setting, haunting and dismal.

mayfairlady Jan 31, 2011

one of my favourites.... Hardy does not disappoint

Nov 05, 2010

A writer like no other.I recommend a large number of books under your belt before you read Hardy. But to read Hardy is a must for serious readers.

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