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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
By: (1840-1928)

The Mayor of Casterbridge is a captivating novel that takes readers on a journey through the life of the complex character Michael Henchard. Set in a small English town, the story explores themes of redemption, regret, and the consequences of one's actions.

Thomas Hardy's writing is rich and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of 19th-century England and the social hierarchy of the time. The characters are well-developed and realistic, making it easy for readers to become invested in their fates.

One of the most compelling aspects of the novel is the character of Henchard himself. His flaws and mistakes are laid bare for all to see, yet there is a sense of humanity and vulnerability that makes him a sympathetic figure. As he navigates the challenges of his past coming back to haunt him, readers are left wondering if he will be able to overcome his past and find redemption.

Overall, The Mayor of Casterbridge is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Hardy's exploration of human nature and the complexities of life make this a timeless classic that is sure to be cherished by generations of readers.

Book Description:
Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural and small-town England in the mid-1800s. In the original subtitle, Hardy called this the story of "a man of character," and the central character, Michael Henchard, is one of English fiction's greatest creations. Henchard is deeply developed as a realistic character, but also larger-than-life in the manner of a Greek or Shakespearean tragic hero — huge in his determination and huge in his failings. The novel deals with the struggles between individual will, the hold of the past, and the relentless control of circumstances in a changing society. (Summary by Bruce Pirie)

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 4, 2021
Subject: The Mayor of Casterbridge
Interesting story a lot of turmoils, love triangle, sad ending..Good reader.
Reviewer: - December 27, 2020
Subject: The Mayor of Casterbridge
Interesting story, love triangle, a lot of turmoil but happy ending. Good reader.
Reviewer: - November 17, 2020
Subject: The Mayor of Casterbridge
Good story and good Reader by Bruce Pirie. Thomas Hardy described a character of a man (the old Mayor) who could not accept his lost/failure, he always fought between his bad and good intensions, but the bad ones that won most of the time. A lot of twists and turns There was love triangle in between. Sadly the old Mayor died alone.. triangle in between. Sadly the old Mayor died alone at the end.
Reviewer: - November 14, 2020
Subject: The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thanks to the provider and the good Reader (Bruce Pirie). Good story.Such Mayor's character exists in our modern society. Man who could not accept his lost and envied the other who was sucessful. He struglled between his bad and good thoughts, but the bad ones that always won. He could be a good man if he wanted to. Something good happened to him but it was taken away due to his mistake. Sadly at the end he felt unwanted, outcasted and disrepectfull and died alone. Dramatic ending.
Reviewer: - May 10, 2020
What a rather sad story, so, beware!

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