Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardback Book

Far from the Madding Crowd Hardback

Illustrated by Helen Allingham

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene.

He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.

Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and is set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.

Illustrated by Helen Allingham, with an Afterword by David Stuart Davies.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 536 pages, map
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781905716395

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After a cautious start, due mostly to language of the period, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The English countryside,the weather & the mood and feelings of the characters are described in such detail that I almost felt like I was there amongst the characters and involved in the events.Three very different suitors are vying for the affections of the beautiful, highspirited Bathsheba, who unwittingly manages to become entrapped to more than one of these men. Love proves to be quite fickle with some dire consequences.The further I progressed through the story,the more difficult it was to put down. A dictionary beside me helped with the occaisional bygone word and would recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates a tempestuous love story set in a bygone era where manners and propriety and honour are all important.