The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy audiobook

The Return of the Native

By Thomas Hardy
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781470887100

  • ISBN: 9780786158232

  • ISBN: 9780786158249

  • ISBN: 9781605147505

Runtime: 14.05 Hours
Category: Fiction/Classics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In the barren moor of Egdon Heath, a wild tract of country in the southwest of England, one native yearns to escape to city life while another has just returned from that life, unimpressed.

Clym Yeobright, a former diamond merchant in Paris, returns home to become a schoolmaster in Egdon, where he falls passionately in love with the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye. Infatuated with his seeming glamour, she marries him in hopes of greater adventure—but when her hopes are disappointed, she rekindles an affair with Clym's reckless cousin, Damon.

Injured by forces beyond their control, Hardy's characters struggle vainly in the net of destiny.In the end, only the face of the lonely heath remains untouched by fate. This masterpiece of tragic passion perfectly epitomizes the author's melancholy genius.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is the quality Hardy shares with the great writers…This setting behind the small action the terrific action of unfathomed nature.” D. H. Lawrence
“Into the landscape he begins to weave human figures. They are very much alive; have faults and passions, virtues and vices, good luck and tragic mishaps…Hardy arrives at last at the end of his novel…having produced a most charming, original sketch of the lives of quiet people in one nook of England.” New York Times
The Return of the Native is the most artistically perfect of [Hardy’] novels to date...his style has gained in power and clarity.” Graphic (London), 1878
“The Return of the Native is one of the most remarkable books of the last twenty years.” Vanity Fair, 1878

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Author

Author Bio: Thomas Hardy

Author Bio: Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), English poet, dramatist, and novelist, was born on the Egdon Heath in Dorset. He studied in Dorchester and apprenticed to an architect before leaving for London, where he began to write. Unable to find a public for his poetry, which idealized the rural life, he turned to the novel and met with success as well as controversy. The strong public reaction against some of his darker themes turned him back to writing verse. Today several of his novels are considered masterpieces of tragedy.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 14.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English