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Hardy's powerful tale, set in mid-19th century Dorset, tells the tragic story of Michael Henchard, a man who cannot escape his past.

Drunk on rum at a country fair, Henchard sells his wife to a sailor for five guineas. Unable to find, them and overcome with guilt and remorse, he vows to be teetotal for 21 years.

Many years later his wife seeks him out in Casterbridge, where he has gained both wealth and the well-respected position of mayor. His family restored to him, Henchard's happiness should be complete. But beneath the surface still smoulders the same impetuousness and temper that, combined with fate, bring about his degradation and ruin.

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"The foremost novelist of his time." (Geoffrey Harvey, The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy)

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  • Lesley
  • 02-10-2012

The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.Thomas hardy always sets the scene and atmosphere so well. The narration was very good , I liked the different characters and dialect. Going to buy some more Hardy.

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  • crooty
  • 09-04-2015

enjoyable story and presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed this classic novel. It was easy to follow, not too long and easy to listen to. Some of the classics can be a bit of a slog. This was enjoyable and not as long winded as some can be.

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  • Maureen King
  • 03-07-2016

The Mayor of Casterbridgge (dramatized)

I have not been able to receive this audio book on my Kindle, so have had to buy another version. Why I do not know. Please help!!

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