The Woodlanders, Paperback Book
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'If ever I forget your name let me forget home and heaven...But no, no, my love, I never can forget 'ee; for you was a good man, and did good things!' Love, and the erratic heart, are at the centre of Hardy's 'woodland story'. Set in the beautiful Blackmoor Vale, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-to-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of the dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Felice Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

Hardy's powerful novel depicts individuals in thrall to desire and the natural law that motivates them.

This is the only critical edition of The Woodlanders based on a comprehensive study of the manuscript and incorporating later revisions.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, two maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199538539

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This is the 4th Thomas Hardy book I've read. Interestingly I love them while I'm reading them but in less than a month I can barely remember the plots. They always deal with the picturesque beautiful countryside and simple folk's ways being upturned by the big bad city people creeping into their town. In The Woodlanders, Grace's father decides to educate her, but then she is too good for everyone around her so she marries Giles, the city doctor who is working in their village. Everything falls apart and Grace and her father both regret her education and the loss of their idyllic life. Same theme as the other Hardy books I've read.

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