This story of a proud rural beauty and the three men who court her is the novel that first made Thomas Hardy famous. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, Far from the Madding Crowd both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.
Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and the respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba Everdene makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.
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