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The Return of the Native

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Author: Thomas Hardy
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 143,261 / 404 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 2,723
Added to site: 2006.01.13
mnybks.net#: 12519

When first published as a periodical in Victorian Britain, this novel was highly controversial -- and Hardy was forced to add a sixth, unplanned book "Aftercourses" to provide the happy ending demanded by the public.

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ave been, Why should such a promising being as this have hidden his prepossessing exterior by adopting that singular occupation?

After replying to the old man's greeting he showed no inclination to continue in talk, although they still walked side by side, for the elder traveller seemed to desire company. There were no sounds but that of the booming wind upon the stretch of tawny herbage around them, the crackling wheels, the tread of the men, and the footsteps of the two shaggy ponies which drew the van. They were small, hardy animals, of a breed between Galloway and Exmoor, and were known as "heath-croppers" here.

Now, as they thus pursued their way, the reddleman occasionally left his companion's side, and, stepping behind the van, looked into its interior through a small window. The look was always anxious. He would then return to the old man, who made another remark about the state of the country and so on, to which the reddleman again abstractedly replied, and then again they would lapse i

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2006.08.03
Jim Crainie
*****

A brilliant novel by one of my favourite authors. After a ponderous start the novel bursts into life. The characters are wonderfully drawn by Hardy. Discover why one of them says the Lord's Prayer backwards! A great read.


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