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The WoodlandersPortrayal of the role of social class gender and evolutionary survival as well as its insights into the capacities and limitations of language exhibits Hardy's acute awareness of his era's most troubling dilemma. Apparently this is Thomas Hardy's favorite of all the novels he wroteMy order of Thomas Hardy favorites isMOST FAVORITE Far From the Madding Crowd Tess of the D'UrbervillesReturn of the NativeThe WoodlandersUnder the Greenwood TreeTwo in a TowerA Pair of Blue EyesMayor of CasterbridgeThe Well BelovedLEAST FAVORITE Jude the Obscure way too tragic for meMy 18 year old son also loves Tess of the D'Urbervilles and took it to BYU with him in his suitcase one of 3 novels he took with him to college The other 2 are Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice He thinks those are the best novels ever and that they should be re read regularly

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The Woodlanders Download ↠ 102 ä In this classically simple tale of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset now in a new edition Hardy narrates the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury between a simple and loyal woodlander and an exotic and sophisticated outsider Betrayal adultery disillusion and moral compromise arIn this classically simple tale of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset now in a new edition Hardy narrates the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury between a simple and loyal. If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewThe De fanging of Menfolk The Woodlanders by Thomas HardyAnother Hardy character to rival Sue Bridehead in emotional complexity is I feel Grace Melbury in The Woodlanders Grace is the young country girl sent away by her vain and ambitious father to be educated and refined and when she returns we see how the natural order of a small rural community is irrevocably turned upside down as a result Hardy explores the impact of education and money on Grace and the way these influences affect those around her Grace is forced by her control freak of a father to marry the middle class philanderer Edred Fitzpiers and thus reject the young local man whom she had expected to marry the taciturn woodlander Giles Winterbourne who 'looked and smelt like Autumn's very brother' Grace's marriage to Fitzpiers is a disaster which leads to the normal order being drastically altered More stuff on the other side of the Nebula

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Woodlander and an exotic and sophisticated outsider Betrayal adultery disillusion and moral compromise are all worked out in a setting evoked as both beautiful and treacherous The Woodlanders with its thematic. Update May 7 2011 I took Hardy's The Woodlanders with me on a recent week long camping trip to Yosemite National Park and re read it while there It was truly wonderful to sit in some of the most idyllic natural locations in all of the world and read this most amazing novel If anything I got even from the novel this second time through and highly recommend The Woodlanders to fans of the fiction and poetry of Thomas HardyI am continuing on with my summer of reading the written works of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy I just finished reading Thomas Hardy's beautiful novel The Woodlanders last night I have been reading Hardy's novels in the order in which he wrote them and The Woodlanders first published in 1887 follows closely on the heels of The Mayor of Casterbridge 1886 In all honesty I very much enjoyed this novel much much than the relentlessly tragic tale told in The Mayor of CasterbridgeHardy has an amazing knack for thoroughly placing his reader into the environment of his novel Interesting to me too is that each of Hardy's novels tends to focus on a different environment and ecology found within the fictional Wessex region of southwestern England For example in A Pair of Blue Eyes the reader becomes fully immersed in the beauty of the vales forests and sea cliffs along the Cornwall coastline; in The Return of the Native Hardy brings vividly to life the peoples and environment of the Egdon Heath; and in Far From the Madding Crowd we are treated to the rolling hills and pastoral landscape of small rural English farms and pastures used by the sheep herders and their flocks; and finally The Mayor of Casterbridge largely takes place in the urban environment of his fictional town CasterbridgeIn The Woodlanders the reader is introduced to the shaded and leafy world of the forest of Blackmoor Vale and the hamlet of Little Hintock The novel's characters live in the midst of this forested world and make a living with and among the trees They are involved in lumbering forestry and management of orchards It is a beautiful environment and lovingly described and re described by Hardy as the course of the novel moves through the seasons of the yearI love how Hardy integrates the 'mood' of his environment into the plot of the novel The sounds sights and smells of the forest and bridle paths are as much a part of The Woodlanders as are the dialog thoughts and actions of the characters themselves In fact I have come to realize that Hardy intentionally develops the environment in each of his novels to become a fully empowered character in the same sense as his human players Also this novel seems to have been one of Hardy's favorites as it was based upon the area where his mother had grown up a location that he was apparently uite fond ofThe novel revolves around Grace Melbury a young woman who returns to her father's and stepmother's home in Little Hintock after some years away becoming educated and socially refined Unlike Clym Yeobright in The Return of the Native Grace is not uite sure that she really wants to remain in the forest of Little Hintock surrounded by the peasant class of her childhood Her father sent her off to school and has always encouraged her to aspire to a 'grander' lifestyle She returns to find the young man that still loves her Giles Winterborne is still there and working for her father's timber business and operating a traveling apple cider press during the harvest season At first blush it would seem that all looks well for the future of Grace and GilesAs is typical in a Hardy novel Fate and Irony have a curious way of inserting themselves generally uite tragically into the lives of the plot's characters uickly the reader is also introduced to the novel's other players the steadfast and loyal young peasant woman Marty South; the newly arrived gentlemanly young doctor Edred Fitzpiers; and the local landowner the widowed Mrs Felice Charmond While Giles and Marty are relatively contented and happy folk of the forest Dr Fitzpiers and Mrs Charmond are clearly out of their element in the Blackmoor Vale and Grace Melbury is betwixt and between as she endeavors to determine the course of her futureI really do not want to give anything of the plot away at all but suffice it to say that the novel is uite seductive in that while the reader becomes completely enthralled with the pastoral scenes and life in the forest around Little Hintock there is at the same time an incredibly epic and pathos driven tragic drama that is unfolding and spiraling out of control that is of almost Shakespearean proportions It really is vintage Hardy I honestly couldn't put the book down for several daysI loved the characters of Giles Winterborne and Marty South These are two people who are completely in touch with the natural world around them in Blackmoor Vale Hardy describes a scene deep in the forest with Marty helping Giles plant new seedling trees to replace those harvested by the forestersWinterborne's fingers were endowed with a gentle conjurer's touch in spreading the roots of each little tree resulting in a sort of caress under which the delicate fibres all laid themselves out in in their proper directions for growth He put most of these roots towards the south west; for he said in forty years' time when some great gale is blowing from that uarter the trees will reuire the strongest holdfast on that side to stand against it and not fall 'How they sigh directly when we put 'em upright though while they are lying down they don't sigh at all' said Marty 'Do they' said Giles 'I've never noticed it' She erected one of the young pines into its hole and held up her finger; the soft musical breathing instantly set in which was not to cease night or day till the grown tree should be felled probably long after the two planters had been felled themselvesNow that's just some great prose I found myself time and again reading a section like this and then re reading it and just reveling in the lilting lyricism of Hardy's sentences and paragraphsA couple of final thoughts As you read the novel periodically refer to the single stanza of poetry written by Hardy that serves as the novel's epigraph and give it some thoughtNot boskiest bow'r When hearts are ill affin'd Hath tree of pow'r To shelter from the windSecondly the reader will encounter the term man trap periodically These were large metal traps that game keepers and land managers used to try and prevent poaching and other illegal activities on the gentry's lands and estates Hardy's use of allusion and metaphor is wonderfulThis was a beautiful novel to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it I highly recommend The Woodlanders It is Thomas Hardy at his best Five out of Five Stars and a Personal Favorite for me