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The Woodlanders av Thomas Hardy
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The Woodlanders (urspr publ 1887; utgåvan 1998)

av Thomas Hardy (Författare), Patricia Ingham (Inledning)

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Set in the secluded forest community of Little Hintock, Thomas Hardy's "The Woodlanders" inextricably links the dramatic English landscape with the story of a woman caught between two rivals of radically different social statures. Grace Melbury is promised to her longtime companion, Giles Winterborne, a local woodlander and a gentle, steadfast man. When her socially motivated father pressures her to wed the ambitious doctor Edred Fitzpiers, Grace's loyalties shift--and her decision leads to tumultuous consequences. With its explorations of class and gender, lust and betrayal, "The Woodlanders" is one of Hardy's most vivid and powerful works. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1912 Wessex edition and includes Hardy's map of fictional Wessex. "The finest English novel."--Arnold Bennett "From the Trade Paperback edition."… (mer)
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Titel:The Woodlanders
Författare:Thomas Hardy (Författare)
Andra författare:Patricia Ingham (Inledning)
Info:Penguin Classics (1998), 464 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:***
Taggar:love, betrayal, marriage, reputation, infidelity

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This melodramatic tale is not up to par with Hardy's four big classics, but it's worth a read if you're a fan of the author.
Grace Melbury has been effectively engaged to Giles Winterborne for years. But Grace has been sent off to school for a better education, while Giles has stayed in the tiny village of Little Hintock and worked his apple cidering trade. Grace's father is concerned that she will never be satisfied with the rural life Giles can provide for her, and indeed, Grace is worried about that too, although she cares deeply for him. Upon being wooed by the dashing and flirtatious Dr. Fitzpiers, the engagement is broken off and Grace marries the young doctor. A doctor who is no sooner married than he is off wooing a different woman.
There are several other local characters tied up in this tangled story of love, betrayal, and infidelity, but these are the primary ones. One of the reasons I've loved Hardy's "big four" is the mood of the rural English countryside at the end of the 18th century. Little was devoted to the setting in The Woodlanders. Hardy dives almost instantly into the plot, and sticks with that almost enirely, leaving the setting to whatever the reader imagines. For me, this made it a weaker, less enjoyable novel. ( )
  fingerpost | Dec 29, 2020 |
Hardy once again evokes the romance and power of the English countryside in this, one of his later novels. Grace Melbury, a middle-class country girl, falls in love with Giles Winterborne, a woodsman who loves the land and Grace. Grace, however, falls for a suave newcomer to her small patch -- a relationship that her father encourages because he is socially ambitious. The novel, like many of Hardy's works, ends in tragedy, but the pathetic fallacy Hardy evokes makes this small book one of his best novels. ( )
  dvanpelt | Nov 11, 2020 |
"For there can be hardly anything less connected with a woman's personality than drapery which she has neither designed, manufactured, cut, sewed, nor even seen, except by a glance of approval when told that such and such a shape and color must be had because it has been decided by others as imperative at that particular time."

"Human love is a subjective thing - the essence itself of man, as that great thinker Spinoza says - ipsa hominis essentia - it is joy accompanied by an idea which we project against any suitable object in the line of our vision, just as the rainbow iris is projected against an oak, ash, or elm tree indifferently. So that if any other young lady had appeared instead of the one who did appear, I should have felt just the same interest in her, and have quoted precisely the same lines from Shelley about her, as about this one I saw. Such miserable creatures of circumstance are we all!"

"'It is a different kind of love altogether,' said he. 'Less passionate; more profound. It has nothing to do with the material conditions of the object at all; much to do with her character and goodness, as revealed by closer observation. 'Love talks with better knowledge, and knowledge with dearer love.''" ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
I was warned before I started reading this that Thomas Hardy is a miserable bastard. Four chapters in and he was comparing winter mornings to dead babies so I can't disagree.

This wasn't a happy book but I did enjoy it. Hardy's prose are beautiful and the way he describes the forests and apple orchards really brings the setting to live.

I liked the characters for the most part. There are two typically "good" and "moral" characters and both get the saddest endings with one dying and the other doomed to a life of loneliness, shackled by their own faithfulness.

There are no real "bad" characters. They're judgmental and selfish and they ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them by making the wrong choices. Even the main villains of the piece have fully human motivations and flaws.

But yeah, Hardy is one miserable bastard and this is one miserable book. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
A slow burner, the plot seemed to take a while to get going - and where was it going? Page by page the characters came to life unravelling the complexities of love and relationships in a rural background. Marty South stayed true until the end, Edreds will always keep his options open, Graces will always be grounded in their woodland upbringing and poor old Giles, ordinary, hardworking Giles - there will always be lots of those. What a tapestry, the ups and downs, caused by class, destiny and human nature, the emotions reflected in the changing seasons and the criss-crossing and tangles of the woodland paths. The introduction of the frightening agricultural man-trap near the end was a stroke of genius - whom would it catch, squeeze and bring down? Whom would it release? The mystery and tension remained taut until the end. ( )
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The rambler who, for old association's sake, should trace the forsaken coach-road running almost in a meridional line from Bristol to the south shore of England, would find himself during the latter half of his journey in the vicinity of some extensive woodlands, interspersed with apple-orchards.
In the chronology of Thomas Hardy's fiction The Woodlanders (1887) comes between The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891). (Introduction)
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Set in the secluded forest community of Little Hintock, Thomas Hardy's "The Woodlanders" inextricably links the dramatic English landscape with the story of a woman caught between two rivals of radically different social statures. Grace Melbury is promised to her longtime companion, Giles Winterborne, a local woodlander and a gentle, steadfast man. When her socially motivated father pressures her to wed the ambitious doctor Edred Fitzpiers, Grace's loyalties shift--and her decision leads to tumultuous consequences. With its explorations of class and gender, lust and betrayal, "The Woodlanders" is one of Hardy's most vivid and powerful works. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1912 Wessex edition and includes Hardy's map of fictional Wessex. "The finest English novel."--Arnold Bennett "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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