The Mayor of Casterbridge

This is one book which had been in waiting for a long time in my shelf. I am glad that I read it at least now.

I have always loved English in my school days and took a fancy to read some extra on my own, outside of what we had in our syllabus. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy was bought in a book shop in Pondichery in my college days. The first time I started reading, I got bored by the language-Victorian in nature- and closed it, shelved up.

A nostalgic feeling recently made me dig it up and boy, I enjoyed each and every page! What a fine and interesting way of telling a story!  A simple story of a wrongful act and retribution is turned into an interesting tale, transporting me to the very times where the story is based.

As each and every character gets introduced from Michael Henchard to Susan to Li’l Elizabeth Jane to Donald Farfare to the sailor Newson, it is a travel back in time to old England with no disturbance of email, phone, ipad…hmm..refreshing. To be taken into consideration that such masterpieces are not produced nowadays.

The story very cleverly educates the reader on the dangerous effects of spirits when consumed in excess and the amount of suffering that we have to go in lowering our guard for a few minutes. As Henchard suffers, so does every alcoholic reading this, who has lost something on behalf of his habit.

Every page is a travel back in time, not to miss the wonderful language that the characters use-the old Victorian English.

Really, you will love this classic. I can vouch for it.

Will be back with more classics. Till then, start reading!



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