The Novels of Thomas Hardy 5 Books Set: Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far from the Madding Crowd

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ISBN: 9781804454862
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The "Novels of Thomas Hardy 5 Books Set" comprises some of the most celebrated works by the renowned Victorian novelist, Thomas Hardy. Here's a brief summary of each of the included novels:

Titles in this Set:

Jude the Obscure,
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
The Return of the Native
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Far from the Madding Crowd


  1. "Jude the Obscure": The novel follows Jude Fawley, a young man with dreams of intellectual pursuit, as he faces societal expectations, religious constraints, and the complexities of love. The story explores themes of class, education, and the struggles of the individual against societal norms.

  2. "Tess of the d'Urbervilles": Tess Durbeyfield, a young and innocent woman, becomes the tragic central figure in this novel. Her life is marked by a series of unfortunate events and choices that lead to her tragic downfall. The narrative delves into themes of fate, morality, and the impact of societal expectations on individuals.

  3. "The Return of the Native": Set in the fictional Egdon Heath, this novel portrays the lives and relationships of its characters against the backdrop of the untamed landscape. The story explores themes of love, jealousy, and the unpredictable forces of nature.

  4. "The Mayor of Casterbridge": The novel unfolds the story of Michael Henchard, a man who, in a fit of drunken impulsiveness, sells his wife and child. Years later, he becomes the Mayor of Casterbridge, and the consequences of his past decisions come back to haunt him. The narrative explores themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the impact of one's actions on their future.

  5. "Far from the Madding Crowd": Bathsheba Everdene, an independent and headstrong woman, finds herself entangled in a complex web of relationships with three very different suitors. The novel explores themes of love, fidelity, and the consequences of decisions made in the pursuit of passion.

Thomas Hardy's novels are renowned for their rich characterizations, intricate plots, and profound explorations of the human condition. This collection showcases the depth and diversity of Hardy's storytelling, offering readers a glimpse into the complexities of 19th-century English society through the lens of compelling characters and evocative settings.

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