Wessex Tales, Strange Lively, and Commonplace

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  • Title: Wessex Tales, Strange Lively, and Commonplace
  • Author: Thomas Hardy
  • ISBN: 9781347143193
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. By now I think I must have made it fairly obvious that I love Thomas Hardy, and so I was looking forward to my re-reading of this superb collection of Hardy shorter fiction for my on-going Hardy reading challenge. Wessex Tales contains seven stories, the first two of them really very short – the others considerably longer. In this collection Hardy explored familiar themes of marriage and rural life that we see in his novels, but he also experiments rather in a supernatural tale, ‘The Withere [...]

    2. A ready enjoyable read - a lot of great stories, and some quite different to other Hardy works, more influenced by the gothic, etc. I especially loved the story 'An Imaginative Woman'.

    3. Many years ago we visited Thomas Hardy country in Dorset, England and I bought Wessex Tales, seven short stories that Hardy wrote about his native county. The book holds special memories for me of the summer day that we visited the cottage where Hardy was born in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, and where he wrote Under the Greenwood Tree and Far From the Madding Crowd. For me it was a literary pilgrimage to the shrine of one of my favorite authors.Hardy fictionalized Dorset County as Wessex [...]

    4. It took me a long time to read Hardy, I guess there is a fear of approaching a great novelist. These short stories are an ideal introduction, after reading these I was inspired to read "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" and I am currently reading "The Return of the Native". Hardy is like the rural equivalent of Dickens, exposing the inequalities of the Victorian Countryside just as Dickens was exposing the inequalities in Victorian London. Hardy's tales are set in Wessex which loosely corresponds with D [...]

    5. Not all editions of Wessex Tales are created equal. It was first published in 1888 with 5 stories. A new edition was published in 1896, which included a new story "An Imaginative Woman." There was one more edition in 1912 which included the core five stories, but seemingly played musical chairs with others. I have been reading Hardy on my Kindle (Complete Works of Thomas Hardy) which included the 1896 edition. I'm so glad for that, else I would have missed that added story, which was one of my f [...]

    6. In the first place, I love Thomas Hardy so the fact I would like his Wessex Tales is a given. Hardy also shows his versatility in depicting the lives of every day people, the poor and the rich, a supernatural tale, a story about smuggling and smugglers and a potential love affair gone awry. Hardy was also recording legends and customs of his native Dorset. For me, at least, it was just fun to "go home" and listen to the music of the language.

    7. Sometimes I tire of reading a short story anthology because you get into a story, and then it ends, and then you have to meet a new set of characters, etc. However, for anyone who reads a lot of Hardy, some of these stories were expanded to be included as scenes of some of his novels, and I thought it was fun to examine them under that light.

    8. Realmente me gusta muchísimo la narrativa de Thomas Hardy, ya sean cuentos o novelas. Me encanta.Maneja con total maestría las descripciones, las presentaciones de los personajes y el desarrollo de las tramas expuestas en cada uno de sus libros y relatos. Me encanta. Lo había dicho?

    9. Thomas Hardy has more and more impressed me as I have, late in life, reread “The Return of the Native,” and read for the first time “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and “Tess of the D’Ubervilles.” All of these novels take place in the southwest part of England that Hardy called “Wessex.” Hardy is less known for his short stories, but I found that the seven short stories in his “Wessex Tales,” published in 1886, achieve the same high standard of his famous novels. They use his s [...]

    10. This is a great introduction to those unfamiliar with Hardy's work. Easy to digest and never 'bogged down' with allusive or flowery language, this is Hardy stripped down. Each tale possesses its own element of scandal, with characters embroiled in extra-marital affairs of the heart, illegitimate children and jealousy. What's all the more tantalising is often Hardy refrains from being so explicit. Much is revealed through the gossipy aside from an otherwise irrelevant stock character, with the se [...]

    11. Hardy's got a true talent for tragedy. The Melancholy Hussar, a doleful tale of ill–fated lovers, brought a tear to my cheek, while Fellow-Townsmen and The Withered Arm nearly did the same.The stories are simply too short. Not that short-story writing isn't an art unto itself, where one could concede to a certain format. Only that Hardy's world seems to call for a lengthier story. I found myself drawn in, and before being completely in the throws, was pulled out again to speculate on lives I w [...]

    12. Hardy, ThomasThe Thomas Hardy Omnibus: 4 Great Novels and 7 Short StoriesIn compilation only.1) The Three Strangers2) A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four3) The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion4) The Withered Arm5) Fellow-Townsmen6) Interlopers at the Knap7) The Distracted Preacher

    13. I first read Thomas Hardy in my very first course at ASU. It was Critical Reading and Writing About Literature and the professor was a very eccentric woman, Kathryn Harris. I hated that class, but I'm glad she introduced me to Thomas Hardy.

    14. Loved this. Each story is like a super-concentrated shot of bitterness and misery. Looking for all the depression a Hardy novel can muster but don't have the time for hundreds of pages? This is your book!

    15. A collection of short stories. Some of these were excellent, in particular, "The Withered Hand." Others were just OK.

    16. I loved these a lot. Yet more short stories to add to the list for this year. I never usually read short stories. Wth, 2008? Wth?

    17. Some absolutely spanking Wessex vignettes are to be discovered in this selection. The journey to the house in 'The Three Strangers' is particularly memorable.

    18. My thoughts in this review are pulled from my posts when we read this in the Boonsboro Literary Guild. I thought it would be convenient to just compile them all here for one place of easy access instead of writing everything again, with the only difference being slightly different wording since I mean the thoughts would still be from me and be the same now as they were when I wrote the below :)The Three Strangers:The quote about having one child a yeare simplistic and basic setting of Hardy's no [...]

    19. Pretty typical Hardy fare. Life sucks and then some! Even the last story which could have been played for comic effect, and to some extent was at the start, turns gloomy and miserable. Withered Arm was the best of them

    20. 'It is a very common folly of human nature, you know, to think the course you did not adopt must have been the best,' she continued, with gentle solicitude, as she followed him to the door of the room.

    21. Thomas Hardy is taking it easy in this one, but there's a fair bit of darkness almost in every story. I wonder why Hardy was too keen on throwing every sweet story of his into bitterness in the end. It was like chopping a tree into pieces after caring for it for so long.

    22. Cuprinsul cartii m-a descumpanit un pic pentru ca în carte sînt reunite Povestiri din Wessex care, din cîte stiam, sînt un volum separat, si Cîteva amintiri ale calatorilor din diligenta. Sa înteleg deci ca astea compun volumul Micile ironii ale vietii? Pentru ca pe volumul e structurat altfel. Oricum, sa purcedem:În primul rînd, ma asteptam sa gasesc mai multa ironie în povestiri; nu ca n-ar fi fost, dar nu atît de evidenta si amara cum credeam ca e genul lui Hardy. Nu-i nimic; e de [...]

    23. As someone who (a) tends not to enjoy the so-called classics and (b) tends to be left unsatisfied by short stories I was a bit out of my comfort zone with this 1888 collection of stories by Thomas Hardy. However As is generally the case with collections I found some of the stories more enjoyable than others but overall I found myself enjoying this selection more than I had expected.Apparently one of the 'easier' introductions to newcomers of Hardy's stories such as myself. I don't know if it was [...]

    24. Loved this. Great introduction to Thomas Hardy, and as others have noted good even if you don't usually like the short story format.It is an elegy to a disappearing way of life. You don't associate the 19th century as an era of rural social change but apparently the agricultural depression of the 1870s-1880s wiped out many rural communities, and bought an end to centuries old traditions and folklore which Hardy was desperate to record before it was forgotten. So there is a nostalgic feel to thes [...]

    25. It had been awhile since I'd dove into Hardy's world and this collection of short stories did not disappoint. Some are quite short and one or two border on novella length which makes for a nice contrast. The writing style and setting is similar to his best novels. Hardy effortlessly creates a bucolic world that manages to charm while being solidly set in reality. By reality I mean that things turn out much more like they would in real life than they often do in novels. No magical happily ever af [...]

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