The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native

Book - 1999
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"In his timeless story of two pairs of mismatched lovers, The Return of the Native sets romantic idealism as a destructive counterpoint to reality and disillusionment." "Against the lowering background of Egdon Heath, fiery Eustacia Vye passes her days, wishing only for passionate love. She believes that her escape from Egdon lies in marriage to Clym Yeobright, home from Paris and discontented with his work there. But Clym wishes to return to the Egdon community; a desire which sets him in opposition to his wife and brings them both to despair" "In the Introduction to this new edition, Penny Boumelha identifies the literary and classical allusions in Hardy's text, in particular the parallels with Flaubert's Madame Bovary and with the Oedipus story. In doing so she demonstrates Hardy's claim for tragic status for ordinary human lives and the ways that the characters in the novel - especially the ill-fated lovers and Damon Wildeve - spoil their chances to master their own destinies."--Jacket.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1999
ISBN: 9780140435184
0140435182
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Har
Characteristics: xlv, 449 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Slade, Tony

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stewstealth
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.

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wyenotgo
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.

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1aa
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.

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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

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shadowcat1234
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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