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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
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The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy

4 ratings, 3 reviews

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) is a tragic novel by English author Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) subtitled, “The Life and Death of a Man of Character”. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy’s Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rustic England. (Summary from Wikipedia)A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next day he regrets his rash act and vows to give up drink and find his family and bring them home. Eventually he is forced to give up the search and move on with his life. He does this quite successfully until, nearly 20 years later, his past comes back to haunt him.

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4 ratings, 3 reviews
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Bülent Özdemir

July 07, 2013

That is in my favorite bookshelf. Wonderful tale.

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Leslie Garland

January 10, 2013

I found this different from other Hardy. novels - maybe due to the town setting. Less lyrical, more to the point.

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John Murphy

June 09, 2012

The story is wonderful tale of karmic twists & turns - what a talent Mr. Hardy is! I only wish that you had allowed a number of readers to participate, as you have with Tale of Two Cities & Call of the Wild