Book review: The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, 1886

Authors of classic works of literature tend to gain a reputation in popular culture – Lawrence is raunchy, Dickens is long-winded and a bit preposterous, Joyce impenetrable, Pinter full of pauses, and Shakespeare “difficult”. Sometimes these reputations are justified; more often they are cliches that are dispelled as soon as one reads the author concerned. ButContinue reading “Book review: The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, 1886”