A review of Far from the Madding Crowd (by Thomas Hardy)

This novel seemed interesting. I’ve liked and enjoyed most of Tom Hardy’s books, so I thought that this classic would appeal to me. It did, however the protagonist seemed full of herself, and at times even cruel. She did make a comeback, and discovered who cared about her the most. It’s a well-written novel full of surprises and twists.


A summary of the novel from Far from the Madding Crowd.

Far from the Madding Crowd

In Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success, independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community.

My thoughts:

The setting is beautiful. It’s described as a small town, and farming is the livelihood of most of the community. Everyone knows each other, it’s a nice and unusual setting.

The characters:

Bathsheba is the star of the novel. She is described as being very beautiful, and has dark hair and eyes. She is vain, and at times mean. With that being said, she does have good qualities. She’s smart, brave, and resourceful. Back in that time, women weren’t expected to be farmers, but Bathsheba became one, defying the odds. She wasn’t taken seriously by most people, but she didn’t let that stop her from being an independent woman.

Gabriel Oak is my favorite character in Far from the Madding Crowd. He’s a Shepard who’s very skilled at his job, and he has many friends who think highly of him. He’s a kind and caring man who develops feelings for Bathsheba.

William Boldwood is described as an “old bachelor”. He never cared about marrying until Bathsheba showed interest in him. He’s well-liked by most people, and is known to be an excellent farmer.

When Sergeant Francis Troy  returns to Weatherbury, he by chance meets Bathsheba. He immediately has feelings towards her, and she seems interested in him. His personality was okay, he doesn’t act kind to Oak or Boldwood, and tries to win over Bathsheba from them.

To sum up:

Far from the Madding Crowd is one of those novels where the characters, the story, and the setting are unforgettable. There are so many shocking plot twists, they will keep you guessing until the end. It’s a great novel if you like classics, romance novels, or just a different and unusual read.


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