Not so ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

I have always loved Thomas Hardy’s historical romance, Far from the Madding Crowd, so you can imagine my exquisite delight to find three of my own books alongside his, in the top 100 Victorian romance books on Amazon UK.

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Most of Hardy’s characters are portrayed as being in conflict between their passion and their social circumstance. Like his contemporary, Charles Dickens, he was very critical of Victorian society, particularly the plight and decline of rural communities. He initially published his work as a series of stories in magazines, as Dickens had done before him, but primarily saw himself as a poet.

Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel, Far from the Madding Crowd was originally published anonymously in serialized form in Cornhill Magazine and had a large following of readers eagerly awaiting each monthly episode. It is lovely to see that his writing is still reaching people’s hearts in our modern era. I’ve seen the trailer of the latest film based on the book (I think there has been about three over the years) and it looks authentic and is beautifully shot. I can’t wait to see the full movie.

Here’s a taste of what to expect if you go see the movie.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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14 Responses to Not so ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

  1. Congratulations, Jean!

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  2. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful news about your books! This movie looks great too. Thanks for sharing.–Patti

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  3. Beth says:

    This is right up my alley, Jean, and I thank you for blogging about it. I remember Carrie Mulligan from a film called “Never Let Me Go” with Keira Knightley – such a disturbing and profoundly sad movie. Will look forward to seeing Far From the Maddening Crowd and also reading your Victorian Romance books!

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    • Thanks Beth, I have to try not to be too soppy when I write, if words were drops of water then I’d fill a swimming pool with the parts I leave out in the final draft. 😉 Thanks for the tip on ‘Never Let Me Go’ I must check it out. Not sure if I’ve seen that one.


    • Beth, you just made my day. I googled the author of that book, Kazuo Ishiguro, and followed a trail online about him. He also wrote ‘The Remains of the Day’ but the best part was that I found one of my books alongside one of his, on Best Sellers in Literature and Fiction. I took a screen shot ‘cos they’ve probably parted company by now. lol. I’ve never read any of his books but I’m going to get one soon. Thanks again for leading me to this author.


      • Beth says:

        How funny:0)) I love it when things like that happen from following a thread! It seems your books keep very good company:0). I liked the movie The Remains of the Day. Much pining away on Emma Thompson’s part, if I remember.

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  4. Saw the trailer when we went to the movies this week. It looks brilliant. It’s on my list!

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  5. Like the 1967 John Schlesinger film, the 2015 version doesn’t stray far from the source material, although Thomas Vinterberg’s interpretation is more understated. Both films focus more on the romantic aspects of the movie than the social ones, undercutting the novel’s thematic foundation.

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