'Tremendous...utterly absorbing' Independent
Proud, passionate Eustacia Vye marries Clym Yeobright in the hope that he will help her escape her cramped rural existence. But when their relationship falters and her old lover Damon Wildeve reappears with an unexpected inheritance, Eustacia is faced with a series of decisions upon which multiple lives depend. In a world where misunderstandings can be fatal, Hardy’s atmospheric tragedy moves inevitably towards a disastrous climax on the brooding wilds of Egdon Heath.
'Hardy's novels hold a Shakespearean power of creating a unique world' John Bayley
See also: Jude the Obscure
Throbs with a very Victorian sense of geologies, pre-histories and even astronomy; you can feel the planet moving under the feet
Inimitably brooding style
Besides my complete identification with its heroine, I loved the sheer relentless power of the writing.
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