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Return of the Native (version 2 dramatic reading)

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Return of the Native is a captivating novel that explores themes of love, betrayal, and the harshness of the natural world. Thomas Hardy's evocative writing style draws the reader in from the very first page, creating a vivid and compelling world that is both beautiful and brutal.

The characters in this book are complex and well-developed, each with their own struggles and desires. From the brooding Eustacia Vye to the conflicted Clym Yeobright, the cast of characters is both diverse and intriguing. The relationships between them are filled with tension and drama, adding depth and complexity to the story.

The setting of the novel, the wild and untamed heath of Egdon, plays a central role in the narrative. Hardy's descriptions of the landscape are rich and poetic, painting a vivid picture of the harsh beauty of the natural world. The heath itself becomes a character in its own right, shaping the lives and destinies of the novel's protagonists.

Overall, Return of the Native is a powerful and haunting novel that explores the complexities of human nature and the unforgiving landscape of the natural world. Hardy's prose is both lyrical and impactful, drawing the reader into a world that is at once beautiful and brutal. This is a novel that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

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Clym Yeobright returns home to Egdon Heath, a scattered collection of houses on the isolated Wessex moors, and is caught up in a "love pentagon" which includes: his cousin, Thomasin Yeobright; the shadowy inn-keeper, Damon Wildeve; the controversial and romantic Eustacia Vye; and the mysterious reddleman, Diggory Venn, whose skin is stained completely red from his work. This work has all the well-known marks of Thomas Hardy: the Wessex landscape, a choice of lovers, a wedding gone wrong, a particularly shy 30-something man, and a woman with an independent spirit. But, The Return of the Native is unique in its pagan undertones - the first five books take place over a year and a day, starting on All Hallow's Eve, and hints of magic and witchcraft.

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