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  1. Violet wells Violet wells says:

    I haven t read a Thomas Hardy novel since I was nineteen I have good memories of The Return of the Native, Jude the Obscure and especially Tess This one has sat unread since those distant halcyon days I suspect this novel might highlight the problems of applying all mental energy to the construction of plot and leaving the characters as a secondary consideration a cheap trick which characterizes lots of modern commercial fiction Everyone in this novel is shackled to the dogmatic plot The I haven t read a Thomas Hardy novel since I was nineteen I have good memories of The Return of the Native, Jude the Obscure and especially Tess This one has sat unread since those distant halcyon days I suspect this novel might highlight the problems of applying all mental energy to the construction of plot and leaving the characters as a secondary consideration a cheap trick which characterizes lots of modern commercial fiction Everyone in this novel is shackled to the dogmatic plot The only thing of any interest for me in this novel was how the plot would pan out The writing itself was often like wastelands of brambles I had to wade through Especially annoying was the Old Father Time vibe of the narrative voice with its endless classical allusions and quotations of famous poets The characters were wooden, the dialogue was wooden Every time the hero waxed lyrical about his passion for astronomy I felt I was reading stuff Hardy had copied out of an astronomy handbook for beginners Every decision his two lovers made struck me as little short of preposterous, as if the plot and not inner compulsion was coercing them The suspicion arises that Hardy is a one trick pony Once again he s giving the lie to the romantic imagination and once again he s taking up the cause of the woman But he did this so much better in Tess


  2. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

    Well, I am sad to say, but I am slowly winding up my summer of reading the literary works of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy I recently finished Thomas Hardy s Two on a Tower, one of hisobscure novels Two on a Tower was first serialized in the Atlantic Monthly and then published in book form in 1882, and was categorized by Hardy as a novel of Romance and Fantasies I had the devil of a time finding a copy of this novel, and short of ordering a brand new copy from an on line source, I con Well, I am sad to say, but I am slowly winding up my summer of reading the literary works of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy I recently finished Thomas Hardy s Two on a Tower, one of hisobscure novels Two on a Tower was first serialized in the Atlantic Monthly and then published in book form in 1882, and was categorized by Hardy as a novel of Romance and Fantasies I had the devil of a time finding a copy of this novel, and short of ordering a brand new copy from an on line source, I continued to diligently search the shelves of every used bookstore I encountered On a recent business trip to Arizona, I finally found a nearly new copy for six dollars In my opinion, Hardy has crafted an incredibly fascinating plot for the novel, and at times it reminded me of the plotting of Wilkie Collins Also, the novel pivots almost entirely around just two characters, versus thenormal Hardyan plot with a larger number of country rustics intermingled with the protagonists In Two on a Tower, much of the plot is solely focused on young Swithin St Cleeve and the older Lady Constantine St Cleeve is a twenty year old consumed with becoming a famous professional astronomer, who has been surreptitiously using an old tower on a hill in an isolated portion of Lady Constantine s absent husband s estate Lady Viviette Constantine is a beautiful dark haired woman, nearly ten years older than Swithin, who has been left alone for several years by her husband who is off adventuring on safari in Africa.Over time the two meet and young St Cleeve introduces Lady Constantine to the majesty and awe of the night sky above the rural Wessex countryside Hardy s portrayal of the stars and planets, through Swithin s descriptions and patient tutelage of Lady Constantine as they huddle on top of the tower with his telescope, is one of the truly unique and particularly beautiful elements of this novel It really illustrates Hardy s fascination and reverence for the natural world around him Hardy obviously spent a lot of time researching the astronomical portions of his plot, as these sections are extremely well written and factually correct both the descriptions of the night sky, and techniques that they use to view it, as well as the equipment Swithin constructs in the tower observatory Fundamentally then, it seems to me, the novel is a story of the relationship of the human species with the universe in which we reside, and a relationship at its most elemental level the Love between two humans.Ah, but it is a plot written by Hardy therefore this growing love between Swithin and Lady Constantine must of necessity become complicated, doesn t it Well, yes it does, and here s where the similarities to Collins crop up There are mysterious reports concerning Lady Constantine s missing husband Lady Constantine s scheming older brother, Louis, shows up and the pompous Bishop of Melchester, Lord Helmsdale, begins meddling in everyone s affairs Oh, it gets good now, real good I couldn t put it down at all from about the novel s mid point on I also found myself becoming quite attached to the characters, what few there are and because there aren t that many, Hardy does a superb job of fleshing them out and bringing them to life on the page.I want to share just a bit of Hardy s beautiful prose from the novel with you This is from a scene, late at night at the height of a violent windstorm that catches Lady Constantine and Swithin atop the old tower attempting to perform some astronomical observations Under any other circumstances Lady Constantine might have felt a nameless fear in thus sitting aloft on a lonely column, with a forest groaning under her feet, and paleolithic dead men feeding its roots but the passionate decision stirred her pulses to an intensity beside which the ordinary tremors of feminine existence asserted themselves in vain The apocalyptic effect of the scene surrounding her was, indeed, not inharmonious, and afforded an appropriate background to her intentions After what seemed to her an interminable space of time, quick steps in the staircase became audible above the roar of the firs, and in a few instants St Cleeve again stood by her Wow Was that not just awesome In just a few sentences, Hardy has managed to establish a connection between the raw power of Nature, the hundreds of generations of humans that have occupied this ancient landscape, and the genuine and palpable love that these two beings on the tower share for one another Great stuff, and vintage Thomas Hardy Find yourself a copy of this wonderful novel, and put it on your shelf and wait for a rainy day with no interruptions You ll soon find yourself completely swept away and engrossed in the lives of Swithin St Cleeve and his love, the beautiful Lady Constantine This was a terrific novel, and I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.Post Script I actually found two copies of the novel, and presented one to my elderly father He has been a quite serious amateur astronomer most of his life He began reading it the day I gave it to him I can t wait to hear his reaction when he s finished


  3. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Any TH novel subtitled a romance will, inevitably, end in tears, in copious buckets of tears cried for years and years, the buckets turning into wells, and the wells turning into lagoons This nonromcom concerns Viviette Constantine, a monied woman who takes a liking to Swithin St Cleeve, an unmonied self trained astronomer, who occupies a tower on Viviette s inherited land to conduct his stargazing scholarship activities Over the course of the novel, various pandemoniums, convenient and inco Any TH novel subtitled a romance will, inevitably, end in tears, in copious buckets of tears cried for years and years, the buckets turning into wells, and the wells turning into lagoons This nonromcom concerns Viviette Constantine, a monied woman who takes a liking to Swithin St Cleeve, an unmonied self trained astronomer, who occupies a tower on Viviette s inherited land to conduct his stargazing scholarship activities Over the course of the novel, various pandemoniums, convenient and inconvenient deaths, ultimatums and Catch 22s, are thrust between the two lovers, forcing several wedges between their lunar ardour, until the tears commence, and the buckets and are located to prevent the Wessex area drowning in heartbreaking Victorian woe, where the Church is Always to Blame And it is


  4. Amy Amy says:

    Thomas Hardy said that he wrote this novelto set the emotional history of two infinitesimal lives against the stupendous background of the stellar universeTo begin the tale, a woman decides to investigate a tower and meets a young astronomer there who introduces her to the wonders of the night sky As such, the novel is fiction about science rather than science fiction Hardy uses the book as a social commentary on the Victorian rules of society and religion of the time He sets our two sta Thomas Hardy said that he wrote this novelto set the emotional history of two infinitesimal lives against the stupendous background of the stellar universeTo begin the tale, a woman decides to investigate a tower and meets a young astronomer there who introduces her to the wonders of the night sky As such, the novel is fiction about science rather than science fiction Hardy uses the book as a social commentary on the Victorian rules of society and religion of the time He sets our two star gazers off on an seemingly impossible starry eyed path where they re met with obstacles to their relationship at every turn.As a woman of means, Viviette helps Swithin the astronomer to acquire better instruments for his astronomical observations Part of the reason behind this investment is to endear herselfto him Disappointingly, Swithin tells Viviette thata beloved science is enough wife for me, combined, perhaps, with a little warm friendship with one of kindred pursuitsOf course, a statement like that is an open invitation or perhaps an open challenge for Viviette to perhaps make herselfthan just a warm friend She says,I feel that I have been so foolish as to put in your hands an instrument to effect my own annihilation Hardy allows his characters to slowly get to know each other before they fall in love I love the conversations that the two on the tower have as Swithin is introducing Viviette to astronomy Here s a sampling VivietteBut I wish to be enlightened SwithinLet me caution you against itVivietteIs enlightenment on the subject, then, so terribleSwithinYes, indeed She laughingly declared that nothing could have so piqued her curiosity as his statementAfter all, there s nothingappealing than a warning against enlightenment Swithin goes on to challenge Viviette s faith by saying thatw hatever the stars were made for, they were not made to please our eyes It is just the same in everything nothing is made for manWhile Swithin challenges Viviette s faith as well as her ideas of right and wrong, she finds that she still worries about what others think of her and feels the need to act secretly This is true even though she has no real friends or acquaintances within the village Still, what would the neighbors think if she had a romantic interest so soon after hearing of her husband s death abroad What would they think if they knew she was in love with a man a decade younger than her he s in his early 20s and she s in her early 30s What would they think if they knew she was in love with someone beneath her social level The characters go to ridiculously great lengths to hide their meetings and feelings for each other, even at times when nobody is watching Just when everything looks as if everything s going to work out, another obstacle appears in the path But all these problems could have been solved so easily if Viviette would just have acquiesced to allow their relationship to be known publicly from the beginning I have to admit that I vacillate between thinking that they should have just allowed their love to be public from the beginning and agreeing with this statementLike a certain philosopher I would, upon my soul, have all young men from eighteen to twenty five kept under barrels seeing how often, in the lack of some such sequestering process, the woman sits down before each as his destiny, and too frequently enervates his purpose, till he abandons the most promising course ever conceivedI ve seen so many marriages begun before age 25 fail that I long ago adopted this philosophy of keeping men under barrels until they re 25 Well, maybe they shouldn t be kept under barrels, but I think couples should ideally wait until both are at least 25 before committing to marriage There has been research in the past few years to suggest that the brain often doesn t fully develop until age 25 or even the early 30s I especially noticed a marked change in my male friends maturity level after age 25 And when I was in my late 20s trying to date guys in their early 20s, there was definitely a divide I felt as if they were just discovering themselves, discovering the world, and working out their own philosophies while I was already past that I felt almost as if I d be a hindrance to their enthusiastic new self discoveries After all, I d already been there and done that And I did feel a little sheepish about dating a 19 year old when I was 27 whereas I d not have felt the same strangeness about dating a 25 year old at age 33 Time can make a big difference where age gaps are concerned Age aside, I wonder how many Victorian women read this book and then afterwards went out to try to find themselves a young astronomer or other scientist to enlighten them Through this novel, Hardy makes astronomers seem extraordinarily sexy in their singular and focused scientific endeavorsWithin his temples dwelt thoughts, not of woman s looks, but of stellar aspects and the configuration of constellations Thus, to his physical attractiveness was added the attractiveness of mental inaccessibilityAnd this is the crowning line to make all the Victorian literary fan girls truly swoonThere was a certain scientific practicability even in his love making, and it here came out excellentlyThere probably weren t enough scientists to go around after the Victorian fan girls read that line.This was a great read on my journey through Hardy s works Those who enjoy a nice scientific romance railing against Victorian ideas would definitely enjoy it And those young astronomers wishing to make themselves appear irresistible to the objects of their affection should request the objects of their affection read this book Just a word of caution don t sneak a peek at the last page unless you want the entire story ruined for you


  5. Paul Christensen Paul Christensen says:

    Two on a TowerA haunting juxtapositionOf heavenly exposition,Astronomical exhibition,And tragical perdition,Rather spoiled in this edition a Penguin Classics commission By the unfortunate additionOf some academic s submissionTo classify every positionAt the expense of recognition.


  6. Clara Clara says:

    My favourite Hardy s novel, hands down.It wasn t as good as Tess of the d Urbervilles nor Far From the Madding Crowd but this one talked to my soul and I will never ever forget it.


  7. Katie Lumsden Katie Lumsden says:

    I did enjoy this, but it s not my favourite Hardy It has some really interesting themes and quite an interesting central relationship, but I don t think the characters were as developed and the ending was quite odd Hardy s writing is beautiful as always though.


  8. Drew Graham Drew Graham says:

    4.5 rounded up, because I just enjoyed it that much In Welland is situated a memorial tower in a prehistoric wilderness The tower stands in between Welland House, where neglected wife Viviette Constantine lives, and Welland Bottom, the dwelling of young, orphaned aspiring astronomer Swithin St Cleeve When Lady Constantine offers the tower and other resources for Swithin s astrological observations, she finds herself drawn to him, despite her absent and unkind husband, and the difference 4.5 rounded up, because I just enjoyed it that much In Welland is situated a memorial tower in a prehistoric wilderness The tower stands in between Welland House, where neglected wife Viviette Constantine lives, and Welland Bottom, the dwelling of young, orphaned aspiring astronomer Swithin St Cleeve When Lady Constantine offers the tower and other resources for Swithin s astrological observations, she finds herself drawn to him, despite her absent and unkind husband, and the difference between their ages Soon reasons of Sir Constantine s continued absence surface, leaving his wife free from his grasp, and able to address her feelings for St Cleeve, but he has reservations Almost a decade the Adonis astronomer s senior, she doesn t want to distract from his study of the skies or take advantage of his romantic inexperience But soon he starts to recognize her attention and feels inclined to respond, but of course, it s just not that simple.So I pretty much devoured this book It s comparatively shorter than a lot of Thomas Hardy s other novels, but it s also quite compelling It s not overly complicated and there aren t SO many characters, so it doesn t feel convoluted or unnecessarily complicated as some of his books, though still excellent, tend to be It was interesting to read a love story with such an emphases on the difference of class and age almost ten years It s kind of a scandal in context between the two parties, as well as complications that arise from secrets and family interference Thomas Hardy s storytelling and prose are pretty close to his best here, I really wondered what was going to happen especially as I knew very little about the story beforehand , and the pages seemed to turn themselves The two characters referred to in the title are sympathetic and well developed if a little altruistic , and I felt like I knew them and cared about them Viviette is a strong and sympathetic heroine with real heart, and Swithin read like the changeable and impressionable but noble youth that he is The titular tower was essentially a character in itself, and I was always interested what was going to happen when the scene took place there Astronomy also largely played a role as a character and recurring theme throughout, which I understand was due to Hardy s interest in the subject at the time, as well as recent discoveries at the time of writing There were elements familiar to Hardy s style, such as fate and missed letters and timing and consequences, as well as romance and its societal obstacles, and though it started to drag just a little bit toward the end, the grand finale was affecting and memorable The last few pages were such a rollercoaster I just had no idea what was going on I finished it last night and have been thinking about it all day today.One thing that I really appreciate, though of course I have learned this for myself, is that the introduction contains a built in spoiler warning, which is a good thing because that introduction is spoilerrific now if only they had been as careful with what was written on the back.This book was fantastic It s already made its way probably to my top five Thomas Hardy books It kept a great pace, had strong and just enough characters, I had no idea if it was going to be happy or sad in the end, though with Hardy you can usually expect a little or a lot of both I wanted to be a fly on the wall whenever Viviette and Swithin met on the tower


  9. Caroline Caroline says:

    I know that a lot of people have a problem with the way that Hardy enjoys just destroying his characters, that the endings of his books are difficult to read, but I really enjoy his writing If you re looking for a classic to get into, this book is easy to read and isn t too long, as well as being engaging.


  10. Amanjot Amanjot says:

    What intrigued me about this book was Hardy s characterization of the hero as a budding astronomer in the 18 s There are some fantastic dialogs between the two main characters about the stars and universe Their sentiments in describing the experience of studying an infinite abyss of stars ring true even today The story centers on the character of Vivette Constatntine, falling in love and ultimately having a relationship with Swithin St Cleave, a man almost 10 years younger than herself I What intrigued me about this book was Hardy s characterization of the hero as a budding astronomer in the 18 s There are some fantastic dialogs between the two main characters about the stars and universe Their sentiments in describing the experience of studying an infinite abyss of stars ring true even today The story centers on the character of Vivette Constatntine, falling in love and ultimately having a relationship with Swithin St Cleave, a man almost 10 years younger than herself I really enjoyed Hardy s presentation of this scenario While there wasn t much surprise in the directions the plot took, Hardy s fine writing relates realistic characters and one can t help but sympathize with the twists and turns manifesting in their lives.I was very eager to read through and find out the ultimate fate of these mismatched lovers


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Idilă pe un turn ✫ [PDF] ✑ Idilă pe un turn By Thomas Hardy ✸ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Nefericita in casnicie, Lady Constantine incalca toate regulile bunei cuviinte indragostindu se de tanarul si frumosul om de stiinta Swithin St Cleeve, care i este inferior din punct de vedere social Nefericita in casnicie, Lady Constantine incalca toate regulile bunei cuviinte indragostindu se de tanarul si frumosul om de stiinta Swithin St Cleeve, care i este inferior din punct de vedere social si cu zece ani mai tanar Moartea sotului ei le lasa in cele din urma cale libera, iar, intr un Idilă pe PDF or vechi turn transformat in observator astronomic, cei doi indragostiti isi creeaza, ocrotiti de stele, propriul univers pana cand presiunile lumii exterioare, dar si conflictul dintre munca stiintifica si iubire ameninta sa l distruga Thomas Hardy face o analiza complexa a temei iubirii care desfide granitele de varsta si rang social, abordand totodata cu patrundere principalele obsesii sociale si culturale ale secolului al XIX lea sexualitatea, impartirea societatii in clase, istoria, stiinta si religia.

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  • Idilă pe un turn
  • Thomas Hardy
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  • 23 April 2019

About the Author: Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain The bulk of Idilă pe PDF or his work, set mainly in the semi fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances Hardy s poetry, first published in his s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the s and s The termcliffhangeris considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy s serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years This became the archetypal and literal cliff hanger of Victorian prose Excerpted from Wikipedia.