Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy

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Far From the Madding Crowd tells the story of beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, a fiercely independent woman who inherits a farm and decides to run it herself.

She rejects a marriage proposal from Gabriel Oak, a loyal man who takes a job on her farm after losing his own in an unfortunate accident. He is forced to watch as Bathsheba mischievously flirts with her neighbour, Mr. Boldwood, unleashing a passionate obsession deep within the reserved man.

But both suitors are soon eclipsed by the arrival of the dashing soldier, Frank Troy, who falls in love with Bathsheba even though he’s still smitten with another woman. His reckless presence at the farm drives Boldwood mad with jealousy, and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leads to both murder and marriage.

Far from the Madding Crowd was the fourth novel by English novelist, Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928), and his first major literary success.