The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy's first masterpiece, The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a scene of such heartlessness and cruelty that it still shocks readers today. A poor workman named Michael Henchard, in a fit of drunken rage, sells his wife and baby daughter to a stranger at a country fair. Stricken with remorse, Henchard forswears alcohol and works hard to become a prosperous businessman and the respected mayor of Casterbridge. But he cannot erase his past. His wife ultimately returns to offer Henchard the choice of redemption or a further descent into his own self-destructive nature. A dark, complex story, The Mayor of Casterbridge brims with invention, vitality, and even wit.

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The 155th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 74th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  2. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  3. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  4. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  5. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)

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