The Mayor of Casterbridge The Life and Death of a Man of Character review ✓ 3

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The Mayor of Casterbridge The Life and Death of a Man of Character review ✓ 3 ↠ Classic British EnglishMichael Henchard is a wealthy and respected man but he has a terrible secret Twenty years ago when he was unemployed and penniless he sold his wife to a sailor Now she is looking for him again Why Rrible secret Twenty years ago when he was unemployed and penniless he sold his wife t. I'd heard Hardy was a bit of a chore so instead of his chunky novels I went slender with The Mayor of Casterbridge as my first I'm not sure it was a wise choice Not because I thought it was bad by any means The writing's uite good the story held my interest but jeez louise this is bleak stuff It's bleaker than Bleak House Are all this books like this I'm not normally depressed but I may have to put myself on suicide watch just to get through another one of his novelsSeriously though I don't mind a dose of miserable realism now and then and I liked that peek into an odd and terrible matrimonial tradition Stories based on drunken missteps that linger into lifelong regrets do not generally lend themselves to frivolity and this book is not about happy happy good times Back in merry ole England and no doubt many other places if a man no longer loved his woman he could get rid of her and potentially make a profit What a world Some day I'll get around to meeting Tess of the d'Ubervilles but I fear by the end of the encounter I may want to get as Far from the Madding Crowd as possible

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O a sailor Now she is looking for him again Why And what will happen when she finds hi. This is the story of the rise and fall of Michael Henchard a hot tempered proud and irascible hay trusser who in a drunken haze sells his wife and baby girl to a sailor at a fair for five guineasHe regrets his deed the next day but can not find his wife and child Entering a church he kneels by the altar and vows to stay sober for 21 years and do good and be charitable But can he rise above his anger pride obstinacy jealousy sense of rivalry and impulsivenessWould he be able to prevent the life and name he has built for himself from unraveling Could he fight fateThis is a story of misunderstandings; of suffering the conseuences of transgressions; of self punishment and regrets and of longing to be loved and cherishedThis is a tragedy

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The Mayor of Casterbridge The Life and Death of a Man of CharacterClassic British EnglishMichael Henchard is a wealthy and respected man but he has a te. Michael Henchard an itinerant young annoyed farm worker walking with uiet wife Susan infant daughter Elizabeth Jane looking for employment the time the early 1830's in southern England after an exhausting journey they reach a country fair in a small village enter a crowded tent with dubious humans serving alcohol he imbibes vigorously a weakness that will cause much trouble and haunt him the rest of his life soon inebriated the highly distressed man in a stupor sells Susan to an unknown sailor named Newson what began as a joke reaches an unforeseen conclusion In the morning sober and very ashamed he seeks his wife and daughter everywhere but they have left the area and the nationAlmost twenty years later a drastic change this MrHenchard is now the influential Mayor of Casterbridge Dorchester a successful businessman in the corn and hay trade only a few miles from his crime a secret that still causes him much pain and suffering he has vowed and kept this oath not to partake any intoxicating beverages for 21 years his age during the scandalous incident Recently hiring the bright young reluctant affable Mr Donald Farfrae from Scotland with a vague dream of going to America to pursue his fortune there but after a protracted difficult negotiation on the road out of town Henchard persuades Farfrae to stay he runs the business better than the owner Michael has it all a beautiful girlfriend Lucetta Templeman too from an impoverished family on the island of Jersey he has compromised but promises will wed the eager woman she helped him back to health when the mayor became dangerously ill there nurses fall in love with their needy patients regularly Yet life has freuent complications the smooth voyage of his career hits a reef his long suspected dead wife Susan returns she also hides a deep secret bringing his daughter Elizabeth Jane toowhat to do The respected mayor of Casterbridge a widower he says will uietly marry his wife again for appearance sake the townsmen are flabbergasted a poor sickly uneducated woman with a grown daughter a stranger MrHenchard could have any single woman from a good family in the city later Mr Farfrae and shy Miss Elizabeth Jane start to look at each other both with kind eyes A major novel from the always interesting writer Thomas Hardy dark waters may flow through these pages but they will take you back to a place that will engross and this is the ultimate goal of any book