Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.
Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. His novels Tess of the D’Urberville, and Jude the Obscure, challenged society’s norms of the day and received negative reviews upon publication. Hardy was criticised for being too pessimistic and preoccupied with sex. He left fiction writing for poetry, and published eight collections. Hardy is now recognised as one of the most influential English writers.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, ISBN: 9781910343920, Sovereign, 354 pp