I know a few people who absolutely loved this book...safe to say I am not among them. The plot was undoubtedly fantastic but my god it was a gloomy book. Nothing happy could happen without near enough immediately after a harrowing event occurring. I've since found out most of Hardy's books tend to be rather sad and that he was once asked to stop writing because they were that dreary...
I will admit I enjoyed the story, it was intriguing and kept me hooked. Similarly to Emma (review here) there were moments where I gasped as a key factor in the plot had been revealed. Other moments I had the smug satisfaction of an I knew that was going to happen moment. But what irked me the most about this novel was the fickle nature of Michael Henchard. My god the man changes his mind from page to page as to whether he likes a person, if he's going to do something or not. In general his personality is almost split to the point of being distinctly Jekyll and Hyde-esque. It does make him a fantastic character to analyse though, which as your reading this, I will have done yesterday for my first exam..eek.
Thankfully, as I am reading more and more classics I'm finding them an awful lot easier to read. This I read over the course of two days and though I have left a Katie shaped dent in the couch I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this. But I'm definitely going to pick up a happier book next I think.
Name: The Mayor of Casterbridge
Author(s): Thomas Hardy
Have you read The Mayor of Casterbridge?
What did you think?
Thank-you for reading,