Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy

4.4/5

Hardy’s powerful novel of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men – respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel – making her the object of scandal and betrayal.

“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.”

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd