“All romances end at marriage.”
This book is about the struggles and successes of Bathsheba Everdene, who takes up ownership of a farm and becomes the object of affection for three men. She tries to retain her independence while feeling the scourge of unrequited love and societal expectation.
A good book with interesting female representation, this book certainly has lots to say. However, I did not fall head over heels for this book. Hardy’s writing style is interesting but not entirely enthralling, however his use of prose is certainly lyrical.
Every book has its scoundrel, and in this instance the title of scoundrel is given to Frank Troy, one of Bathsheba’s admirers who lives lavishly on her money when they marry but also abandoned a servant who was pregnant by him. Of course he has a crisis of conscience at the end but its too little too late.
A good book, but not the best. I’m not sure if this book has whetted my taste for Hardy’s books or writing style, however.
MY RATING: *** / *****