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A Pair of Blue Eyes (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hardy

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 522 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0083ZC4R6
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Delight 5. Juni 2011
Von Kim Maddalozzo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This novel centers on Elfride Swancourt a beautiful young woman with the "blue eyes" that the book alludes to. When she meets a young aspiring architect who is socially inferior but ambitious with potential as he gets older, Stephen Smith she finds that she enjoys the attentions that he gives her and she feels that she is falling in love with him and commits herself to marry him. But when her father finds out about Stephen's humble background he demands that she never see him again. Stephen leaves Elfride to make his fortune in India and Elfride meets an older more established, intelligent respectable man, Henry Knight, which forces her to look inside herself and determine what her true feelings are. She is torn between doing what is right and what her heart wants her to do.

This is the second Hardy book that I have had the pleasure to read. The first was Far from the Maddening Crowd which is one of his later books and what most critics feel to be one of his masterpieces. A Pair of Blue Eyes is one of his earlier works and despite this I found myself really enjoying the plot. I was also interested to learn that this book was where the term "cliffhanger" originated from because in one of the scenes Henry Knight is literally left hanging from a cliff. As with most Hardy novels things do not always turn out how readers would wish it to and the ending is very sad but despite this I found it hard to put the book down. I enjoyed all of the character descriptions and his descriptions of the landscape are so accurate and detailed that it is easy to imagine you hanging from the cliff with Henry as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Wonderfully Old-Fashioned Story 2. Februar 2012
Von Glynn Young - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have long associated Thomas Hardy with novels - "The Return of the Native," "Far from the Madding Crowd," "Tess of the D'Urbevilles" and "Jude the Obscure." What I was only vaguely aware of was his poetry - with 10 collections published during his lifetime and at least eight after he died in 1924. His novels fall into what would be the "Later Victorian" period of English literature; his poetry largely in the Edwardian period.

I've read two of his novels - "The Return of the Native" (high school required reading) and "Jude the Obscure" (extra college reading). Recently I started reading his poetry, and one volume led me to an early novel he wrote, "A Pair of Blue Eyes."

It is a romance, and it reads as much like Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens as it does Thomas Hardy. It was first published in 1873 in Tinsley's Magazine, and it was the first novel Hardy published under his own name (two previous novels did not sell well).

A young architect, Stephen Smith, is visiting a small town in Wessex, responsible for the renovation of an old medieval church. He stays with the local vicar, and promptly falls in love with the vicar's daughter, Elfride Swancourt. But there is a problem. Stephen comes from a lowly background - his father is a stonemason and his mother a former dairy maid. Despite Stephen's education from a much-loved mentor, the vicar will have none of it.

Interestingly enough, this is the novel believed to have given birth to the expression "a cliffhanger," because there is a scene in which a character literally hangs off the edge of a cliff.

The language is old-fashioned. The story is old-fashioned; its class considerations seem odd today. Hardy spends a great deal of time and attention on describing the setting, and the countryside of Wessex becomes almost a character in its own right as well as an important element for establishing mood.

I found myself totally charmed by the story. Almost 140 years after it was first published, it is still a compelling, interesting story. It is also a kind of artifact, because Hardy uses references that his readers would have been familiar with but might seem more obscure to modern readers. How many people today would understand his description of the shadow of a tree on a country lane being as long as "Jael's tent-nail?"

"A Pair of Blue Eyes" is also autobiographical. Hardy trained as an architect. He met his first wife in Wessex. She was considered of a better class than he was. After her death, he would write several volumes of poetry about her, and revisited the area where they first met and fell in love.

I thoroughly enjoying this old-fashioned romantic love story, full of all the elements Victorian readers held dear.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Pair of Blue Eyes 24. Juni 2011
Von Booklover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is another good book by Thomas Hardy - not quite as good as "Far From the Madding Crowd", but he rarely misses in writing a most interesting book - which keeps one reading voraciously - without sex, murder or mayhem. Am now reading another one of his, and it, too, is fascinating, so will review that when completed. My daughter, too, has now been captivated by his books, and has downloaded most all of them into her Kindle. Oh, and I do love my Kindle!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Tale of Morals and Deception 16. Dezember 2012
Von Leapin' Literary Lurkers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It has been over twenty years since my last foray into the beautifully written books of Thomas Hardy. The synopsis of this story has been covered by other reviewers, therefore I will focus on the thematic elements that I found the most interesting and important.

This particular novel is classified as one of the early romantic novels with apparent roots in Hardy's relationship with his beloved first wife.

While modern women will undoubtedly chafe at the rendering of old-fashioned notions of femininity and especially the feminine disposition, it is certainly instructive to be reminded of that era's expectation that women be submissive, somewhat meek and---heaven forfend--- not be seen as outspoken in the company of males.

In exploration of the character of Elfride we view her initially in the role of child-woman with an innocence and naïveté in regard to the male species. We experience a blossoming and refinement of her notion of love as she moves through the multiple stages of relationships with Felix, Stephen and Harry with continued graceful imagery.

The author exposes us to motivational aspects as Elfride stretches her mind and capabilities and confronts consequences of her somewhat precipitous actions resulting in a desperate attempt to survive the moral climate of the times.

The descriptive nature of Hardy's prose provides the occasional chuckle in the form of the wonderfully named William Worm whose mental distraction of people "frying fish" in his head all day perfectly denotes his character.

We also receive an education in routines of daily life such as pig-butchering, gardening, burial practices and housekeeping as well as the overarching impact of class and gender differences.

The text is peppered with country dialect and numerous references to Greek mythology and Latin quotations. I gave up researching the actual meaning of the more obscure names after the first dozen or so but don't think the ignorance hurt my overall enjoyment.

Hardy is a master at setting up moral quandaries that draw the reader along until the denouement. His romantic character was seemingly fulfilled after his own death when differing factions argued about where he should be buried. I found it poignant that his heart was buried beside the body of his first wife and his ashes reside in the Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and Sad. 25. November 2012
Von Trisha Gustave - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is similar to the novel; Tess of the D'Ubervilles although I think Tess was better. I love Hardy's writing style but I think he was a gloomy individual. I can't help to feel sad when I read some of his novels. However his writings are masterpieces.
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