The Return of the Native and Other Works by Thomas Hardy


The Return of the Native and Other Works by Thomas Hardy (Halcyon Classics) ➜ [Epub] ❧ The Return of the Native and Other Works by Thomas Hardy (Halcyon Classics) By Thomas Hardy ➦ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This Halcyon Classics ebook edition contains the collected novels of Thomas Hardy including Tess of the D Urbervilles Includes an active table of contents for easy navigationContents Under the Greenwo This Halcyon Classics ebook edition contains the of the eBook ☆ collected novels of Thomas Hardy including Tess of the D Urbervilles Includes an The Return ePUB í active table of contents for easy navigationContents Under the Greenwood TreeFar From the Madding CrowdThe Return of the NativeThe Mayor of Return of the Epub Û CasterbridgeThe WoodlandersTess of the D UrbervillesJude the ObscureA Pair of Blue EyesThe Trumpet MajorTwo on a TowerThe Well BelovedDesperate RemediesThe Hand Return of the Native and Kindle - of EthelbertaA Laodicean.


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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I read a lot of classical books like The Return of the Native and all, and I like them, says Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye I like that Eustacia Vye Catherine Zeta Jones as Eustacia VyeEustacia Vye is a young maid filled with longing for the city of Paris, for new experiences,fresh sights, sounds that have never rang her ears before, and a lover to fill her heart with dewy eyed passion She lives on the moors of Wessex in the midst of a small collection of dwellings called E I read a lot of classical books like The Return of the Native and all, and I like them, says Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye I like that Eustacia Vye Catherine Zeta Jones as Eustacia VyeEustacia Vye is a young maid filled with longing for the city of Paris, for new experiences,fresh sights, sounds that have never rang her ears before, and a lover to fill her heart with dewy eyed passion She lives on the moors of Wessex in the midst of a small collection of dwellings called Egdon Heath For some, the moors are mystical and strangely beautiful filled with wildlife and wonder, but for Miss Vye the countryside provokes melancholy and despair She is a beautiful lass, so beautiful that men are struck mute in her presence and left trembling in her wakeHer presence brought memories of such things as Bourbon roses, rubies, and tropical midnights her moods recalled lotus eaters and the march in Athalie her motions, the ebb and flow of the sea her voice, the viola In a dim light, and with a slight rearrangement of her hair, her general figure might have stood for that of either of the higher female deities The new moon behind her head, an old helmet upon it, a diadem of accidental dewdrops round her brow, would have been adjuncts sufficient to strike the note of Artemis, Athena, or Hear respectively, with as close an approximation to the antique as that which passes muster on many respected canvasesThere is a sweet scene when a young lad named Charley strikes a deal with her to allow her to get her way She offers him money He shook his head Money won t do it What will, then, Charley said Eustacia in a disappointed tone You know what you forbad me at the maypoling, miss, murmured the lad, without looking at her Yes, said Eustacia, with a littlehauteur, You wanted to join hands with me in the ring, if I recollect Half an hour of that, and I ll agree, miss Eustacia regarded the youth steadfastly He was three years younger than herself, but apparently not backward for his age Half an hour of what she said, though she guessed what Holding your hand in mine She was silent Make it a quarter of an hour, she said Yes Miss Eustacia I will, if I may kiss it too.That scene made me nostalgic for a time when holding a girl s hand was the penultimate moment of an evening I m not going to discuss plot, but to give you some idea of the complexity of passions cavorting on the moors I will outline the problems that lead to a host of heavy sighs, wildly beating hearts, and hands thrown over foreheads in exasperation Me included Clym Yeobright, the returning native that inspires the title of this novel is in love with Eustacia Vye Eustacia Vye is in love with Clym, but also burns a candle or in this case a pile of furze for Damon Wildeve Damon Wildeve falls in love with Eustacia Vye, but throws her over for Thomasin Yeobright and yet, continues to look longingly at Eustacia Vye The man just can t make up his mind Diggory Venn the red faced reddleman is head over heels in love with Thomasin Yeobright The writers for The Bold and the Beautiful have nothing on Hardy Map of the fictional Egdon HeathClym s mother is incensed that he would give up his wonderful job in Paris to move back to Egdon Heath and then to add insult to injury that he would pick up with that Vye girlYou are blinded Clym, she said warmly It was a bad day for you when you first set eyes on her And your scheme is merely a castle in the air built on purpose to justify this folly which has seized you, and to salve your conscience on the irrational situation you are inAs I was reading this I kept thinking to myself Clym, my word, tell your mother to open up her eyes and see that Eustacia is a Bourbon rose and what is a red blooded English male supposed to do when faced with a Catherine Zeta Jones beauty He marries her by god Clym has returned with the idea that he will open a school and teach the poor children of the district He studies morning, noon, and night cramming all the knowledge he can into his noggin from the books he can find His mother may have cursed him when she accused him of being blind because the result of that regimented schedule is that he becomes sick and loses his eyesight As his eyesight gradually comes back he is eventually able to see well enough to cut furze or gorse to keep a bit of money coming in while waiting for his eyesight to recover Gorse is a plant that grows on the heath that is edible for livestock to eat or could be used as kindling for fires This is not the job that Eustacia expects her educated husband to be seen doing She is embarrassed and lets him know Furze Cutter Yeobright placed his hand on her arm Now, don t you suppose, my inexperienced girl, that I cannot rebel, in high Promethean fashion, against the gods and fate as well as you I have feltsteam and smoke of that sort than you have ever heard of But theI see of life thedo I perceive that there is nothing particularly great in its greatest walks, and therefore nothing particularly small in mine of furze cutting If I feel that the greatest blessings vouchsafed to us are not very valuable, how can I feel it to be any great hardship when they are taken awayI really liked Yeobright He is a man out of place where he was born and yet, even though he was successful in the city competing against the best and brightest he has a vision to return to where he was born and give back to his community I love those stories today about those people who are smart enough and brave enough to rise above the slums they are raised in They escape to trail blaze a pathway to success for others and return to the slums to raise up those less fortunate They provide a role model for kids with parents who have long given up on improving their place on the cosmic scale Unfortunately Yeobright is a man ahead of his time In consequence of this relatively advanced position, Yeobright might have been called unfortunate The rural world was not ripe for him A man should be only partially before his time to be completely to the vanward in aspirations is fatal to fame Had Philip s warlike son been intellectually so far ahead as to have attempted civilization without bloodshed, he would have been twice the godlike hero that he seemed, but nobody would have heard of an Alexander. This book is considered one of Thomas Hardy s masterpieces The range of emotion expressed during the youthful exuberance of unmitigated passionate young love definitely drew me out of my comfort zone The writing is superb even though the prose at times turns a darkening shade of purple There is so muchto this book than what I have discussed today These are mere samplings of the highlights this book has to offer I stumbled through the first hundred pages, but then I started clicking with Hardy s writing I am so glad I hung in there to put a check mark by another must read classic If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Can you go home again Thomas Hardy asks that simple question in his magnificent novel, The Return of the Nativewritten in 1878set in a vast sparsely populated land in rural England called Edgon Heath Rolling hills, the quiet grasslands and small but valuable shrubs, the furze bush empty except for isolated cottages, little hamlets and people struggling to survive the harsh conditions in the valley s meager farms and their loneliness The native coming back is Mr.Clement Clym Yeobrig Can you go home again Thomas Hardy asks that simple question in his magnificent novel, The Return of the Nativewritten in 1878set in a vast sparsely populated land in rural England called Edgon Heath Rolling hills, the quiet grasslands and small but valuable shrubs, the furze bush empty except for isolated cottages, little hamlets and people struggling to survive the harsh conditions in the valley s meager farms and their loneliness The native coming back is Mr.Clement Clym Yeobright, a local legenda strange move leaving glamorous Paris, involved in the lucrative diamond business there to return home, a fewyears and he would become rich His mother is puzzled , why He slowly reveals a dream become a teachereducate the ignorant superstitious poor inhabitants.give them a brighter future Nevertheless reality sets in quickly, his pretty cousin Thomasin had married a man, Damon Wildeve in love with another Eustacia Vye, a beautiful woman who roams the hills in the dark of night, a ghostly miragesome say she s a witch others don t care but are fascinated by the free spirit Her grandfather gives the young girl the freedomlike a wild animal she floats and appears and vanishes never letting anyone get close but Mr Wildevethis is the problem Eustacia is all alone, only the old grandfather sees her, she prefers that, not comfortable in the country, a city girl but yearning to visit the outsidethe exciting world, Clym marries the ambitious lady his mother objected, as she did her niece the goal, enchanting Paris, she Miss Vye will be disappointed the town that the husband despises, he wants needs, the calm and the peace Still in the beginning nobody doubts the two s great feelings for each other the dazzlingly flame burns highbut the inevitable decline occurs..Another man a former unsuccessful suitor of Thomasin , Diggory Venn, a traveling salesman, with an unique color, still has the passion, yet helps her marry a rivalhe longs to make her happy to the obviously unsuitable man, Damon, not interested in his new wife, but desiring to make his love jealous Five personstwo unhappy marriages the math will not add up..yet the story goes on many complications arrive Tragedy and misunderstanding permeates the narrative, feelings change and change again, the atmosphere is full of foreboding.the crisis cannot be far awayHardy gives a demonstration of his power to tear open and reveal the mystery of the human condition , their enormous weaknessesshow them in a quite unflattering light..but also the goodness too One of the writer s besta classic


  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    From one of Monty Python s albums Commentator Hello, and welcome to Dorchester, where a very good crowd has turned out to watch local boy Thomas Hardy write his new novel The Return Of The Native , on this very pleasant July morning This will be his eleventh novel and the fifth of the very popular Wessex novels, and here he comes Here comes Hardy, walking out towards his desk He looks confident, he looks relaxed, very much the man in form, as he acknowledges this very good natured bank holi From one of Monty Python s albums Commentator Hello, and welcome to Dorchester, where a very good crowd has turned out to watch local boy Thomas Hardy write his new novel The Return Of The Native , on this very pleasant July morning This will be his eleventh novel and the fifth of the very popular Wessex novels, and here he comes Here comes Hardy, walking out towards his desk He looks confident, he looks relaxed, very much the man in form, as he acknowledges this very good natured bank holiday crowd And the crowd goes quiet now, as Hardy settles himself down at the desk, body straight, shoulders relaxed, pen held lightly but firmly in the right hand He dips the penin the ink, and he s off It s the first word, but it s not a word oh, no it s a doodle Way up on the top of the lefthand margin is a piece of meaningless scribble and he s signed his name underneath it Oh dear, what a disappointing start But he s off again and here he goes the first word of Thomas Hardy s new novel, at ten thirtyfive on this very lovely morning, it s three letters, it s the definite article, and it s The Dennis Dennis Well, this is true to form, no surprises there He started five of his eleven novels to date with the definite article We had two of them with It , there s been one But , two At s, one On and a Dolores , but that of course was never published Commentator I m sorry to interrupt you there, Dennis, but he s crossed it out Thomas Hardy, here on the first day of his new novel, has crossed out the only word he has written so far, and he s gazing off into space Oh, ohh, there he signed his name again Dennis It looks like Tess of the D Urbervilles all over again Commentator But he sno, he s down again and writing, Dennis, he s written B again, he s crossed it out again, and he has written A and there is a second word coming up straight away, and it s Sat A Sat doesn t make sense A Satur A Saturday it s A Saturday , and the crowd are loving it, they are really enjoying this novel And it s afternoon , it s Saturday afternoon , a comfortable beginning, and he s straight on to the next word it s in A Saturday afternoon in in in in Nov November November is spelled wrong, he s left out the second E , but he s not going back, it looks like he s going for the sentence, and it s the first verb coming up it s the first verb of the novel, and it s was , and the crowd are going wild A Saturday afternoon in November was , and a long word here appro appro is it a approving no, it s approaching approaching A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching and he s done the definite article but again And he s writing fluently, easily with flowing strokes of the pen, as he comes up to the middle of this first sentence And with this eleventh novel well underway, and the prospects of a good days writing ahead, back to the studio


  4. Alex Alex says:

    To understand how radical Thomas Hardy is, we could start with how radical the rest of his century wasn t For most of the 1800s, novels were basically maiden aunts yelling at you about your skirt length They had a job they were to demonstrate proper behavior Their good characters were rewarded their bad characters were punished Even the best of them Austen and


  5. James James says:

    Book Review5 out of 5 stars to The Return of the Native, a novel written by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1878 and subsequently re issued a few times with additional revisions It s rare for me to give out a full 5 stars, but this book will always hold an extreme and special place in my heart It was the start of my adoration of the English countryside It was a true story of love, life and reality Watching the drama unfold over the years, chapter by chapter, was phenomenal I waBook Review5 out of 5 stars to The Return of the Native, a novel written by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1878 and subsequently re issued a few times with additional revisions It s rare for me to give out a full 5 stars, but this book will always hold an extreme and special place in my heart It was the start of my adoration of the English countryside It was a true story of love, life and reality Watching the drama unfold over the years, chapter by chapter, was phenomenal I was there while it happened, at least it felt so to me Hardy had a unique ability to transport me to his vision I felt connected to him as a writer and a storyteller I loved every character I couldn t decide who should end up with whom It s that good you see all sides You want everything But sadly, you cannot have it The fighting felt true to form The depression made me melancholic I fell in love with the main characters and would have done anything to see them happy when I first read it I ve read it three times, roughly every ten years I m due again in the very near future Perhaps we should buddy read itAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by


  6. Jeff Jeff says:

    4.5 starsThis is a story about misunderstanding, not getting the facts straight and the dangers of presumptuousness Here romance rings hollow and family is a source of strife rather than security.Although the plot borders on Lifetime channel fare and the dialogue can sometimes be overwrought, it s Hardy s descriptive powers that also make this a great read He describes the heath, the wind, fire light dancing on people s faces, a storm, an eclipse, all revealing the power and beauty of the Engl 4.5 starsThis is a story about misunderstanding, not getting the facts straight and the dangers of presumptuousness Here romance rings hollow and family is a source of strife rather than security.Although the plot borders on Lifetime channel fare and the dialogue can sometimes be overwrought, it s Hardy s descriptive powers that also make this a great read He describes the heath, the wind, fire light dancing on people s faces, a storm, an eclipse, all revealing the power and beauty of the English language Not a page goes by where you aren t awe inspired by Hardy s command of the written word I found myself frequently lingering on a page and rereading passages I no longer highlight, but if I did this book would be easily filled with yellow.I can t remember a book maybe The Terror where the physical environment plays such an active role in the course of events The heath is a character in and of itself It looms large in the way the characters live their lives It provides comfort, motivation, and a metaphor for the spirit or lack thereof of the heath dwellers Hardy isn t known for his humor, but there were rare glimpses of wit, gratefully breaking up the heavy drama


  7. Kim Kim says:

    I have spent the last thirty five years convinced that I do not like Thomas Hardy I know how it happened Reading


  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    839 Return of the Native, Thomas HardyThe Return of the Native is Thomas Hardy s sixth published novel It first appeared in the magazine Belgravia, a publication known for its sensationalism, and was presented in twelve monthly installments from January to December 1878 The novel takes place entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath, and, with the exception of the epilogue, Aftercourses, covers exactly a year and a day The narrative begins on the evening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is 839 Return of the Native, Thomas HardyThe Return of the Native is Thomas Hardy s sixth published novel It first appeared in the magazine Belgravia, a publication known for its sensationalism, and was presented in twelve monthly installments from January to December 1878 The novel takes place entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath, and, with the exception of the epilogue, Aftercourses, covers exactly a year and a day The narrative begins on the evening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is slowly crossing the heath with his van, which is being drawn by ponies In his van is a passenger When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the surrounding hills, emphasising not for the last time the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens Venn is a reddleman he travels the country supplying farmers with a red mineral called reddle dialect term for red ochre that farmers use to mark their sheep Although his trade has stained him red from head to foot, underneath his devilish colouring he is a handsome, shrewd, well meaning young man His passenger is a young woman named Thomasin Yeobright, whom Venn is taking home Earlier that day, Thomasin had planned to marry Damon Wildeve, a local innkeeper known for his fickleness however, an inconsistency in the marriage licence delayed the marriage Thomasin, in distress, ran after the reddleman s van and asked him to take her home Venn himself is in love with Thomasin, and unsuccessfully wooed her two years before Now, although he believes Wildeve is unworthy of her love, he is so devoted to her that he is willing to help her secure the man of her choice 2004 1369 459 508 964744317 19


  9. Apatt Apatt says:

    Hurt so goodCome on baby, make it hurt so goodJohn MellencampWUT Well, reading Thomas Hardy novels always poses this kind of challenge They hurt, and yet I keep coming back to him because they are indeed good and this kind of hurt is like a good exercise for your EQ In term of language, I don t think Hardy s writing is particularly difficult to access Thechallenging aspects of his books are the initial meticulous scene setting and characters introduction chapters and, of course, tHurt so goodCome on baby, make it hurt so goodJohn MellencampWUT Well, reading Thomas Hardy novels always poses this kind of challenge They hurt, and yet I keep coming back to him because they are indeed good and this kind of hurt is like a good exercise for your EQ In term of language, I don t think Hardy s writing is particularly difficult to access Thechallenging aspects of his books are the initial meticulous scene setting and characters introduction chapters and, of course, the miserable situations that his characters get intoTragedyWhen the feeling s gone and you can t go on It s tragedy Sorry, I just had a sudden attack of Beegeesitis Anyway, I am always glad ish to be back in Hardyverse, better known as Wessex, a fictional region somewhere in the south of England A lot of pastoral mayhem seems to take place here so it is probably not an ideal vacation destination non existence notwithstanding In The Return of the Native Hardy again depicts what bad marriages can do Clym Yeobright, the returning native of the novel s title, marries the almost preternaturally beautiful Eustacia Vye who is very discontent with her rural surroundings She yearns for the bright lights, big cities, iStores etc., preferably in Paris However, she is not a femme fatale, she does her best to be a good, loving wife Unfortunately her best is of a disastrously low standard and tragedy ensues.Much of the tragedy stems from people being unable to speak their minds, to be honest, sincere and most of all forgiving Where this novel really resonates with me is the relationship between Clym and his mother They have a very close, loving relationship until Eustacia inadvertently comes between them The mother, Mrs Yeobright, has some very strong prejudices about people of ill repute and is very quick to pass judgment on them, her unyielding mentality eventually leads to her downfall Eustacia s inability to settle down, to compromise with her circumstances also leads to a lot of grief and much gnashing of teeth.As usual Hardy s characters are very believable and vivid, and it is interesting that there is no actual villain in this book Some characters become antagonists of sort merely through very unwise decision making and impropriety The hero of the book is also not Clym the protagonist, but a sincere, helpful and humble man called Diggory Venn who is a reddleman by profession Basically, he goes around marking flocks of sheep with a red colour a mineral called reddle Not much call for such services these days I imagine, but it makes him a fair amount of money and also causes his entire body to be red coloured It plays hell with his attempts at courting a certain young lady, but he eventually finds a way According to Wikipedia Hardy had a tack on a happy ending for commercial purposes so not all the characters are down in the dumps by the end of the book Left to his own devices he would rather depress the hell out of his readers.Over all this is a typically depressing book by Thomas Hardy Yet I really like it and recommend it for people who are not overly sensitive or those who are too insensitive and need to emote a littleLife s a piece of shit, when you look at itLife s a laugh and death s a joke, it s trueYou ll see its all a show, keep em laughin as you goJust remember that the last laugh is on youMonty PythonWell, after all that I don t have any room left to quote an eloquent passage from this book There are always plenty of those in a Hardy novel so that s hardly novel


  10. Perry Perry says:

    Harsh Heath Hardy Best in Nature as Supporting CharacterIn this 1878 novel, Hardy heaves readers right into the gloomy Egdon Heath, in southern England, to witness the inception of coming tragedies involving the heath s inhabitants Hardy did not draw his Egdon Heath as darkly as the Bronte sisters portrayed their Cimmerian heaths in the classic novels, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre Hardy wasmasterful and subtle in this novel.His exquisite approach to creating this authentic and an Harsh Heath Hardy Best in Nature as Supporting CharacterIn this 1878 novel, Hardy heaves readers right into the gloomy Egdon Heath, in southern England, to witness the inception of coming tragedies involving the heath s inhabitants Hardy did not draw his Egdon Heath as darkly as the Bronte sisters portrayed their Cimmerian heaths in the classic novels, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre Hardy wasmasterful and subtle in this novel.His exquisite approach to creating this authentic and animastic heath involved his especially discerning eye for detail and nuance and his subtlety borne of sagacity If you are not paying close attention, which I wasn t when I first began reading this novel, you will not realize how he fixes a domineering mood in his settings yet, you will sense a paramount hopelessness, an aura of doom that you cannot seem to put your finger on When looking back, you will observe how he infused the story with descriptors, subtext and pacing, to create a countryside that plays a significant role as a character unto itself and to establish and reinforce tensions and conflicts throughout his trademark in tragedy Clym Yeobright is the titular native returning to the heath, after leaving a lucrative position in the Parisian diamond trade business He plans to start up a school in the heath for the poor children in a largely uneducated part of the country Eustacia Vye is, I guess, technically the heroine An example of when I wish I had an education in literature or literary theory Ms Vye seemed to me almost an anti heroine Certainly, she s the least sympathetic protagonist in any of the four Hardy novels I ve read, all within the past year Ms Vye is a fiery, semi educated young woman who has long wished to escape the heath She hopes that Clym will change his mind about opening a school after they marry and instead take her to Paris to live Clym develops an eye problem which ruins his school plans, and he ends up taking a job as a furze cutter hedge cutter , but refuses to go back to Paris Thus, struggles develop and catastrophes ensue from Eustacia s unrealized passion to flee Egdon Heath and her caged feeling, especially after her husband has accepted a lower life as a low paid, non skilled laborer in the heath.As always, Hardy s portrait of human nature is unsparing and quite impassive, and here overlays his most somber scenery The ingredients for this Hardy tragedy an incompatible husband and wife, conflicting ambitions, forestalled dreams, a harsh heath, a ferocious rainstorm, and Hardy s characteristic inhibited empathy


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