A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My first Hardy novel. . . my first venture into Wessex. I don't think it will be my last.
I've just this minute finished reading it, so excuse my rambling, fragmented "review".
-Beautifully written, and quite a fast, easy read for a 19th century novel, though there were a couple of slower points. However, in each instance the narrative quickly regained pace.
-Relatively brief yet very evocative descriptions of nature.
-VERY well-drawn characters, that truly come to life in the reader's imagination.
-Surely few authors can rival Hardy in instilling a sense of impending doom in the pages of their books!
I was torn as to whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. 4 stars for the writing and characters; 3 stars for the story. One aspect of the story in particular could hardly avoid being extremely frustrating for the modern reader, and everything inevitably ends in tragedy.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this. I second the petition for Andrew Davies and the BBC to make this into a TV miniseries!!
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