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Book Title: The Mayor of Casterbridge|
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: 1978
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The author of the book: Thomas Hardy
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The Mayor of Casterbridge fully confirms the sombre note in Hardy's work. Gone are the comic touches and the 'country laughter' of Far From the Madding Crowd: instead it is a powerful character study of a man whose past refuses to be buried, and who is caught by changing conditions of rural commerce.
From the stunning opening wife-selling scene (at one time a not uncommon phenomenon in England) to the final playing out of his tragedy, Michael Henchard proves to be violent, selfish, greedy and crude. At the same time he possesses magnanimity, humility and a grandeur of passion that echoes Shakespeare - a comparison that always pleased Hardy.
Whatever his sins, Henchard impresses the reader with his robustness and life-force, and with his refusal to by-pass life's possibilities. In depicting a man who overreaches the limits, Hardy once again demonstrates his uncanny psychological grasp and his deeply rooted knowledge of mid-nineteenth-century Dorset.
Read information about the authorThomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The term cliffhanger is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy's serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873. In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years. This became the archetypal — and literal — cliff-hanger of Victorian prose.
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