Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy gives a realistic view of sheep farming in the 1860s in England. Nice market scene where the heroine who has the ability to make 3 men fall in love with her, bargains to get a fair price for her seed. A forerunner of Edna Ferber's novels of strong woman who run a business and a portrait of 2 good men, a wealthy farmer and a competent shepherd. Many lush scenes of sheep and meadows. A forerunner of square romantic novels of the 20th century where 3 men compete for the love of a deserving woman.





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  1. Ed on May 19, 2015 4:12 pm

    That sounds very good thank u for the recommendation.

  2. anand on May 20, 2015 12:15 pm

    why are men competing with each other for a (hot) woman & not the other way around in English literature?

    is it that women compete too but in a less overt way thereby making any narrative around this too subtle to be interesting (i.e. no pistols at dawn in full tails and all that)?

    from a evolutionary standpoint how does this sort of competition help to pass on the ‘best’ genes to offspring? seems quite roundabout to select a male partner on the basis of height, facial proportion and a sense of wit … when society has become far more sophisticated.

  3. Seb Jory on May 21, 2015 2:54 am

    you should watch the original victor, much more authentic

  4. marion ds dreyfus on May 25, 2015 8:32 am

    In answer to Anand: The male in all societies competes for the ‘best’ women, and never the other way around, since the male is the dominant, and the pursuer, and women are the receivers. Reversing the tide would result in confused and fleeing males.

    That has been the pattern just since the beginning of the world, so it is surprising that anyone would wonder why it isn’t the reverse.


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