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”

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, 1895

My campaign of self improvement and of reading books I should have read a long time ago continues. I have steered clear of Hardy previously largely due to prejudice – his poetry, which formed part of one of my school courses many years ago, felt sentimental and dull, and those of his novels that IContinue reading “Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, 1895”