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Evans Brothers Ltd Availability: Oxford University Press Inc Availability: Adamant Media Corporation Availability: Sangam Books Ltd Availability: A really good read. The plot catches you right until the end something which is lacking a lot nowadays. Typical of the era. He was not a nice man. See all 4 reviews. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. It's a soap opera and was written as a serial for a newspaper.
It was not written all at once before publication and it shows.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
A young man gets drunk and sells his wife and baby to a sailor. He goes to Casterbridge and becomes a businessman and then the mayor for a year. In the meantime he meets another woman and has an affair with her but does not marry her because he does not know what happened to his wife. Then about 18 years later, the wife and child show up, the sailor having died a sea. He decides that he should re-marry his wife so no one would know of the scandal.
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He meets a young man from Scotland who is perfect in every way and hires him as his business manager at his corn business. Then his wife dies. The daughter does not know what happened when she was a baby and think of Henchard that's his name as her stepfather. However when his wife died, he told her the truth, only to discover that his own child had died and the daughter he thought was his was actually the daughter of the dead sailor. Then he got mad at Donald, the young Scot, and fired him.
Then his old girlfriend showed up and wanted to marry him. She had inherited money, lots of it, from an aunt and was now rich. He put her off a day too long and she saw Donald and it was love at first sight.
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So Donald and Lucetta, Henchard's old girlfriend got married, even though the daughter, Elizabeth, had hoped to marry him. Then all the scandal came to light about the sale of the wife and about the affair and Lucetta was so upset that she died. Meanwhile the sailor wasn't dead at all and he came back and looked for his daughter Elizabeth.
And on, and on, and on, and on. I'm sure Hardy would be surprised to find out that people are still reading his soap opera. It would make a good serialized tv soap opera, and I would like to see the movie, but I wouldn't call it classic literature -- more like pulp fiction.
A lot of it is boring. I don't usually like sad stories, but this one has always been a favorite.
I feel sorry for Henchard. If he'd just made a few better choices, he could've had everything he wanted. Even he recognized that, though it was too late by then. Still, I love the way Hardy writes.
He paints a vivid, but sad, picture of Henchard's life. Almost all of chapter 20 or 21 I can't remember for sure which one, is missing from the Kindel edition. Subtitled "A Story of a Man of Character," Hardy's powerful and sympathetic study of the heroic but deeply flawed Henchard is also an intensely dramatic work, tragically played out against the vivid backdrop of a close-knit Dorsetshire town. This edition includes an introduction, chronology of Hardy's life and works, the illustrations for the original serial issue, place names, maps, glossary, full explanatory notes as well as Hardy's prefaces to the and editions.
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