I joined the Classics Club a few years ago and the goal is to read 50 classics in 5 years. Well, I have less than 3 years to read 39 classics! Yikes. When the letter F came up I was going to watch Father of the Bride, one of my top 100 movies, but then I saw this on the shelves at the library and decided to give it a try. I’ve never read Thomas Hardy and if I liked the movie then I could add the book to my classics challenge.
Far From the Madding Crowd is a 2015 film featuring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen. Bathsheba Everdene is on her aunt’s farm in 1870 England when she meets Mr. Oak. He proposes. She says no husband, no way. She inherits her uncle’s large, very successful farm. The neighbor, Mr. Boldwood, asks her to marry him. No husband, no way. A soldier shows up one day and kisses her, boom, they’re married.
I liked the movie quite a bit and think I will add this to my classics challenge. Sure, I’m a sucker for a good romance, but more than that I really want to get to know Bathsheba a bit better. She is a fascinating woman.
Has anyone read it? What did you think?