Written in 1873 it was autobiographical and the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy's first wife Emma Gifford. The novel tells the tail of a the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.
Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart, her mind and the expectations of those around her - her parents and society.
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement.
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Excellent narration. Sad tale. Same old tale of woman misunderstood. Wonderful descriptions of Wessex. Unexpected ending but a satisfying listen.
Yes by Thomas Hardy and no, I would not try another book narrated by Peter Wickham.
Elfrida as she's delineated with sympathy, depth and care.
Although his diction is clear - almost over-pronounced, his manner is arch and affected. His voice for Elfrida was simpering and fussy, his rural Dorset accent was terrible; it ended up as something from the American deep south.
The book would make a dramatic movie or TV series. Heaven knows who the stars would be....!
I just love the sense of landscape in Hardy's novels. He is always strong on plot.
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