Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success. The novel traces the lives and fortunes of Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman, and Gabriel Oak, a shepherd, in the villages of southwestern England that Hardy called Wessex. Bathsheba initially rejects Gabriel’s crude marriage proposal and is pursued by two other men before realizing in the end that the faithful Gabriel is her true love. A new film version was released in 2015.
Genre: Classic Fiction