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PDF Ð BOOK The Woodlanders FREE ✓ [Download] ➸ The Woodlanders ➽ Thomas Hardy – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Passion and money beauty and ambition these are the opening themes in The Woodlanders a novel revolving around a small village community coming to terms with a radically changing worldPlain Marty Sout Passion and money beaE young doctor in the village Edred Fitzpiers As they all follow their lonely course their lives become inextricably intertwinedFirst published in The Woodlanders which in later years Hardy came to regard as his favourite story reflects Hardy's own changing attitude to the past and recognition of the dawn of a modern dramatically different ag Apparently this is Thomas Hardy's favorite of all the novels he wroteMy order of Thomas Hardy favorites isMOST FAVORITE Far From the Madding Crowd Tess of the D'UrbervillesReturn of the NativeThe WoodlandersUnder the Greenwood TreeTwo in a TowerA Pair of Blue EyesMayor of CasterbridgeThe Well BelovedLEAST FAVORITE Jude the Obscure way too tragic for meMy 18 year old son also loves Tess of the D'Urbervilles and took it to BYU with him in his suitcase one of 3 novels he took with him to college The other 2 are Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice He thinks those are the best novels ever and that they should be re read regularly

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Passion and money beauty and ambition these are the opening themes in The Woodlanders a novel revolving around a small village community coming to terms with a radically changing worldPlain Marty South a young country girl mature beyond her years endures her love for Giles Winterbourne in silence He works in partnership with George Melbury th When reading a book The Woodlanders from a superb writer like MrThomas Hardy not the first one mind you a half dozen novels precisely anticipating the outcome before beginning is easily ascertained Victorian authors had an unpleasant habit of no happy endings and this particular scribbler not a accurate term he was magnificent however the belief that life terminates badly permeates his books and accepted as a truism in his ownDeep in an isolated pocket in the woods of southern England many miles from a city lived a group of people in a tiny village called Little Hintock population maybe a hundred souls if that These few are living in the mid nineteenth century what so called industry there is naturally dominated by treestimber they cut and sell and scrape for other products nevertheless some inhabitants will surprise intelligent world travelers very educated two with money even Grace Melbury is returning home from boarding school age circa twenty smart lovely educated her proud father Mr George Melbury a lumber merchant the richest person in the village has second thoughts about her marrying Giles Winterborne a solid kind man working sometimes for him Growing up and liking each other since they were children but is he good enough for his daughter now Above the hamlet just arrived a new doctor about 28 lives Edred Fitzpiers lights shine all night from his home on the hill beautiful colors change freuently as he presumably studies an aura of mystery dominates the area the seldom seen physician has become almost a legend to the villagers MrMelbury dreams about such a splendid couple his daughter and Mr Fitzpiers from an ancient distinguish but unwealthy family would make and forces Grace to break the unofficial engagement to Gilescrushing him you can see from a mile away a big big mistake The not so good doctor has a propensity to chase pretty women and they find him attractive and charming doesn't matter if single or married he is always on the hunt Edred is smitten Grace curious at first sight you can guess the rest but Falling in love the doctor or as close as he gets to the emotion with the rich gorgeous widow in her late twenties and occasional visitor to Little Hintoch having a huge mansion there a Mrs Felice Charmond complicates the situation Both enjoy each others company and their secret passionate rendezvous in the nearby forest become known causing Grace much anguish still hot flames can extinguish uickly In mathematics three into two won't go without a fracture If you need a terrific novel to consume and are willing to tolerate and be never uite satisfied by the ambiguous conclusion this is for you A very professional product from a master in storytellinghis favorite

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The WoodlandersE local timber merchant and chief man of business in the area Giles has deep unspoken feelings for Mr Melbury's daughter Grace who has been away at boarding school and now returns to Little Hintock an educated young woman with modern ideas Giles belongs to a past she no longer wants to be a part of and she is soon attracted to the new handsom Update May 7 2011 I took Hardy's The Woodlanders with me on a recent week long camping trip to Yosemite National Park and re read it while there It was truly wonderful to sit in some of the most idyllic natural locations in all of the world and read this most amazing novel If anything I got even from the novel this second time through and highly recommend The Woodlanders to fans of the fiction and poetry of Thomas HardyI am continuing on with my summer of reading the written works of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy I just finished reading Thomas Hardy's beautiful novel The Woodlanders last night I have been reading Hardy's novels in the order in which he wrote them and The Woodlanders first published in 1887 follows closely on the heels of The Mayor of Casterbridge 1886 In all honesty I very much enjoyed this novel much much than the relentlessly tragic tale told in The Mayor of CasterbridgeHardy has an amazing knack for thoroughly placing his reader into the environment of his novel Interesting to me too is that each of Hardy's novels tends to focus on a different environment and ecology found within the fictional Wessex region of southwestern England For example in A Pair of Blue Eyes the reader becomes fully immersed in the beauty of the vales forests and sea cliffs along the Cornwall coastline; in The Return of the Native Hardy brings vividly to life the peoples and environment of the Egdon Heath; and in Far From the Madding Crowd we are treated to the rolling hills and pastoral landscape of small rural English farms and pastures used by the sheep herders and their flocks; and finally The Mayor of Casterbridge largely takes place in the urban environment of his fictional town CasterbridgeIn The Woodlanders the reader is introduced to the shaded and leafy world of the forest of Blackmoor Vale and the hamlet of Little Hintock The novel's characters live in the midst of this forested world and make a living with and among the trees They are involved in lumbering forestry and management of orchards It is a beautiful environment and lovingly described and re described by Hardy as the course of the novel moves through the seasons of the yearI love how Hardy integrates the 'mood' of his environment into the plot of the novel The sounds sights and smells of the forest and bridle paths are as much a part of The Woodlanders as are the dialog thoughts and actions of the characters themselves In fact I have come to realize that Hardy intentionally develops the environment in each of his novels to become a fully empowered character in the same sense as his human players Also this novel seems to have been one of Hardy's favorites as it was based upon the area where his mother had grown up a location that he was apparently uite fond ofThe novel revolves around Grace Melbury a young woman who returns to her father's and stepmother's home in Little Hintock after some years away becoming educated and socially refined Unlike Clym Yeobright in The Return of the Native Grace is not uite sure that she really wants to remain in the forest of Little Hintock surrounded by the peasant class of her childhood Her father sent her off to school and has always encouraged her to aspire to a 'grander' lifestyle She returns to find the young man that still loves her Giles Winterborne is still there and working for her father's timber business and operating a traveling apple cider press during the harvest season At first blush it would seem that all looks well for the future of Grace and GilesAs is typical in a Hardy novel Fate and Irony have a curious way of inserting themselves generally uite tragically into the lives of the plot's characters uickly the reader is also introduced to the novel's other players the steadfast and loyal young peasant woman Marty South; the newly arrived gentlemanly young doctor Edred Fitzpiers; and the local landowner the widowed Mrs Felice Charmond While Giles and Marty are relatively contented and happy folk of the forest Dr Fitzpiers and Mrs Charmond are clearly out of their element in the Blackmoor Vale and Grace Melbury is betwixt and between as she endeavors to determine the course of her futureI really do not want to give anything of the plot away at all but suffice it to say that the novel is uite seductive in that while the reader becomes completely enthralled with the pastoral scenes and life in the forest around Little Hintock there is at the same time an incredibly epic and pathos driven tragic drama that is unfolding and spiraling out of control that is of almost Shakespearean proportions It really is vintage Hardy I honestly couldn't put the book down for several daysI loved the characters of Giles Winterborne and Marty South These are two people who are completely in touch with the natural world around them in Blackmoor Vale Hardy describes a scene deep in the forest with Marty helping Giles plant new seedling trees to replace those harvested by the forestersWinterborne's fingers were endowed with a gentle conjurer's touch in spreading the roots of each little tree resulting in a sort of caress under which the delicate fibres all laid themselves out in in their proper directions for growth He put most of these roots towards the south west; for he said in forty years' time when some great gale is blowing from that uarter the trees will reuire the strongest holdfast on that side to stand against it and not fall 'How they sigh directly when we put 'em upright though while they are lying down they don't sigh at all' said Marty 'Do they' said Giles 'I've never noticed it' She erected one of the young pines into its hole and held up her finger; the soft musical breathing instantly set in which was not to cease night or day till the grown tree should be felled probably long after the two planters had been felled themselvesNow that's just some great prose I found myself time and again reading a section like this and then re reading it and just reveling in the lilting lyricism of Hardy's sentences and paragraphsA couple of final thoughts As you read the novel periodically refer to the single stanza of poetry written by Hardy that serves as the novel's epigraph and give it some thoughtNot boskiest bow'r When hearts are ill affin'd Hath tree of pow'r To shelter from the windSecondly the reader will encounter the term man trap periodically These were large metal traps that game keepers and land managers used to try and prevent poaching and other illegal activities on the gentry's lands and estates Hardy's use of allusion and metaphor is wonderfulThis was a beautiful novel to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it I highly recommend The Woodlanders It is Thomas Hardy at his best Five out of Five Stars and a Personal Favorite for me