This is a novel I would highly recommend to everybody, not only to Hardy s fans The story is so nicely unfolded and detailed that you can almost feel the wind in that spellbinding cliff scene This is a simple story, don t expect great literary references or witty remarks But it is told with so much gentleness and the characters are very well portrayed and developed Elfride, though, is not as the other Hardy s heroines, she is young, gullible and has grown up protected by her father I thought she was too innocent and easily impressed and lacked resolve and character But what can you expect from a barely 18 year old who hasn t been shown to the world She is not to blameStephen, I like immensely He s got but a true heart through all the story, he is consistent in his love and protects Elfride when the time comes even if it breaks his heart.Mr Knight He is a complicated character but I found him fascinating The initial passages where he meets Elfride are funny and they seem so natural you find yourself falling in love with him too.You ve got the three key pieces for a tearing love triangle, where there s no good or bad characters, just love and the unfairness of life.Though written well before the famous Tess of the D Urbervilles , the story contains many similarities to his best known masterpiece The moral issues regarding the treatment of women in the late eighteenth century , their unconscious power over men and the struggle to overcome social backgrounds are present in this story.A piece not to be missed and treated unjustly because it hasn t been noticed as it deserves. Spoilers Thom s third novel is a classic Victorian tale of a scatterbrained ingenue who falls for a working class upstart and changes her mind about eloping with him in London while eloping with him in London who then starts seeing the working class upstart s posher middle class mentor who over a number of pages learns about her time with the working class upstart not his name and the botched elopement and turns against her for social embarrassment and Victorian deportment reasons and who then marries a much richer man who is allowed to have sex with her but who kills her with his penis thanks to a miscarriage and later in the novel the lovers realise the whole stupid thing because names were never used and that ends the thing A tremendous read. Free Delivery If Order Value From The Seller Is Greater Than Used Book In Good Condition No Missing Torn Pages No Stains Note The Above Used Product Classification Has Been Solely Undertaken By The Seller Shall Neither Be Liable Nor Responsible For Any Used Product Classification Undertaken By The Seller A To Z Guarantee Not Applicable On Used Products What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.Elfride Swancourt is a vicar s daughter, unschooled in the world, who falls in love with two men Her first is a young impressionable boy himself and her second a worldly, but dare I say no emotionally developed, man of letters At a number of junctions in the novel, Elfride might save herself a bad experience by being honest, but she elects to withhold the truth, for easily understandable reasons, and it is her undoing Like Tess, she is doomed to heartbreak by the unreasonable expectations of men and the societal pressures put upon women.Hardy never fails to surprise me with his understanding of the female characters he paints They are full bodied and thoughtful, and they breathe life His men are so often cruel in exacting standards that a saint would be hard to live up to and that beg for the rules to be bent, if not broken Never were conditions favourable for developing a girl s first passing fancy for a handsome boyish face a fancy rooted in inexperience and nourished by seclusion into a wild unreflecting passion fervid enough for anything All the elements of such a development were there, the chief one being hopelessness a necessary ingredient always to perfect the mixture of feelings united under the name of loving to distraction.I found here the same elements that have always made me such a avid fan of Thomas Hardy There is such a feeling of doom, of having the cards stacked against happiness, and that tearing desire to whisper to the characters as you go, don t do this, listen to your gut, you are about to step off the edge of a cliff Speaking of cliffs, this story has the distinction of being the source of the term, cliffhanger When first produced in its serial form, it ended on a scene in which a major character is literally hanging from the side of a cliff by fingernails, and readers had to wait for the next installment to discover the fate ahead A lovely read for any fan of Thomas Hardy, which can rank alongside many of his other works for both plot, interesting characters and style It seems to be less known, but I have no idea why, since it delivered for me on all levels. Triste come solo Thomas Hardy sa essere, ma ormai questo il suo quarto libro che leggo e ci sono abituata Dopo un po ti fai le ossa e accetti il destino nefasto dei suoi personaggi In Due occhi azzurri il protagonista un triangolo amoroso tra Elfride, figlia di un pastore, Stephen, un giovane architetto e Mr Knight, amico e mentore di quest ultimo Da una parte c il primo a per Stephen, l innocenza e l inesperienza, dall altra c un uomo pi maturo che idealizza tantissimo questa ragazza e questa sar un po la rovina di tutto Nei romanzi di Hardy le donne sono quelle che se la passano peggio, ma questo normale visto l epoca vittoriana in cui siamo Elfride subisce il giudizio di tutti ma la cosa che la corrode di pi sono i sensi di colpa.Risulta comunque una lettura meno tragica rispetto ad altre sue opere, come Jude l Oscuro Mentre in Jude il dramma filtrava da quasi ogni pagina qui si percepisce solo nelle ultime pagine se questo pu consolare Due occhi azzurri una lettura scorrevole, forse grazie anche a una buona traduzione Non il classicone che tutti credono pesante Fantastiche come sempre le sue descrizioni dei luoghi, che ti fanno venire voglia di immergerti nei suoi paesaggi. Curse you Thomas Hardy Curse you for tearing my heart out and making me cry like a dummie over fictional characters I thought I was so smart and knew what was going to happen and you ripped the rug out from under me You left me without my happy ending Curse you And the saddest thing is that I am no newcomer to Hardy I ve read your work before As I cracked this one open I thought of my teenage favorite, Return of the Native I should have thought of Tess Yeah, you heard me Poor TEss and Poor Elfride But at least, even though you are a man, your sympathies do obviously lie with the poor misused females I can tell you hated that Mr KNight as much as me You did Alright, I m done ranting and raving now The least you could do is pop up beside me in your ghostly self as it is now and hand me a tissue at just the right moment I had to fumble for one. 2,5 5 Un poco meh.Mi menos preferida de Hardy con El alcalde de Casterbridge , a n as tiene sus momentos. I love this Thomas Hardy novel almost as much as Tess of the D Urbervilles It is partly autobiographical, with the heroine Elfride based on his first wife Emma Gifford It is a short, romantic novel with interesting characters and many twists and turns that are unexpected, especially the ending Well written as are all of Hardy s novels. This was a fast read, and I very much enjoyed it If you are already a Hardy fan, I heartily recommend reading A Pair of Blue Eyes 1873 if you aren t, this just might make you one A Pair of Blues Eyes was the third novel published by Hardy, and the first published under his own name In his later years, Hardy created three categories in which he placed all of his fiction The largest category, Novels of Character and Environment, includes the well known core of his oeuvre also known as the Wessex Novels this novel falls in Hardy s second category, the novels of Romance and Fantasies with the third category, Novels of Ingenuity, containing just three relatively minor works A Pair of Blue Eyes is set in Hardy s fictional Wessex of southwestern England and, in fact, this novel is largely played out in Lower and Off Wessex, in reality that part of England referred to as Cornwall with its rural countryside and majestic sea cliffs As is typical of Hardy s prose, the novel does a wonderful job of connecting the reader with the characters and the character s place in the natural environment Every time I read a Hardy novel, or short story, I have this over whelming feel that I am experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of the characters that he is writing about The reader can t help but fall in love with his pastoral scenes feeling the breezes at it ruffles the leaves on the trees, and watching the hay grasses waving back and forth in the fields and meadows Hardy involves his reader, time and again, in the simple things like watching the sun set in all of its orange, red, and purple glory, or the glimmer of the stars and planets as they brighten in the darkening night sky I think it is this deep connection with environment and the passage of time that seems to make the human elements and aspects of Hardy s stories resonate even strongly with me Through Hardy s fiction, I find another example of my own understanding that the individual human experience and existence is nothing than a infinitesimally tiny blip when compared to the history and time line of the Cosmos but that it also makes my understanding of those brief experiences we have with one another, and the emotions that we feel, so much important and interesting.In A Pair of Blue Eyes, Hardy addresses the well trod literary ground associated with class consciousness and its effects on courtship and Love The novel s primary protagonist, Elfride Swancourt, the beautiful daughter of the local parson, struggles with becoming a woman and experiencing romantic feelings for the first time when she meets the young architect, Stephen Smith, upon his visit to Endelstowe to begin restoring the old parish church It is generally considered that much of the courtship between Stephen Smith and Elfride Swancourt is based upon Hardy s own courtship of Miss Emma Gifford, whom he later married in 1874 Like his character, Stephen Smith, Hardy was also trained as an architect, and undertook a trip to Cornwall to help restore the parish church of St Juliot in Cornwall.In the spirit of full disclosure, I am inserting a Mild Spoiler Alert here If you are one who wants no hint of plot direction or details, I suggest that you scroll past the next paragraph and two block quote sections.Suffice it to say that the novel is not just a simple little tale of young blossoming love set in the quiet bucolic countryside There is plenty of drama, passion, and intrigue involving various characters of all class levels of English life in the mid Victorian period in Hardy s telling of Elfride s tale During the initial serialization of the novel, the term cliff hanger was coined, referring to one of the exciting events that occurs on the precipice of the Cliff without a Name One of the characters is literally hanging by his fingertips on the edge of the cliff, with the rocks and thundering sea one hundred feet below him While the personal terror described by Hardy is palpable, as a geologist myself I just had to marvel as I read the following By one of those familiar conjunctions of things wherewith the inanimate world baits the mind of man when he pauses in moments of suspense, opposite Knight s eyes was an imbedded fossil, standing forth in low relief from the rock It was a creature with eyes The eyes, dead and turned to stone, were even now regarding him It was one of the early crustaceans called Trilobites Separated by millions of years in their lives, Knight and this underling seemed to have met in their death It was the single instance within reach of his vision of anything that had ever been alive and had had a body to save, as he himself had now and Knight was a geologist and such is the supremacy of habit over occasion, as a pioneer of the thoughts of men, that at this dreadful juncture his mind found time to take in, by a momentary sweep, the varied scenes that had had their day between the creature s epoch and his own There is no place like a cleft landscape for bringing home such imaginings as these I think that this is an important novel, and it is also one of his works that Hardy was known to be personally quite fond of Typical of Hardy s fiction, Fate and Chance play a prominent role in this novel too Also, the character of Elfride Swancourt, as a heroine, is interesting to consider in the evolutionary continuum from Fancy Day Under the Greenwood Tree , Bathsheba Everdene Far From the Madding Crowd , Eustacia Vye The Return of the Native , Tess Durbeyfield Tess of the d Urbervilles , and that culminates with Sue Bridehead Jude the Obscure.I hope you enjoy A Pair of Blue Eyes as much as I did As for me well, I am taking Far From the Madding Crowd off of the shelf now for a re read over the next few days It is time to spend some time with Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdene My review is based upon the Wordsworth Classics softcover edition of A Pair of Blue Eyes, published in 1995, 305 pp. Yet another story of love and life by Hardy, he advocates for women and understands them in ways i don t know how but he does, and he is a wizard with words and he knows the sunset and the moonlight and everything in between as passionately as humanly possible A lady would have said there was a smell of tobacco in the room, a man that there was not.
A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873 In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years This became the archetypal and literal cliff hanger of Victorian prose Excerpted from
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