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The Mayor of Casterbridge (version 2)

Thomas Hardy

Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural and small-town England in the mid-1800s. In the original subtitle, Hardy called this the story of "a man of character," and the central character, Michael Henchard, is one of English fiction's greatest creations. Henchard is deeply developed as a realistic character, but also larger-than-life in the manner of a Greek or Shakespearean tragic hero - huge in his determination and huge in his failings. The novel deals with the struggles between individual will, the hold of the past, and the relentless control of circumstances in a changing society. (Summary by Bruce Pirie)

Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural and small-town England in the mid-1800s. In the original subtitle, Hardy called this the story of "a man of character," and the central character, Michael Henchard, is one of English fiction's greatest creations. Henchard is deeply developed as a realistic character, but also larger-than-life in the manner of a Greek or Shakespearean tragic hero - huge in his determination and huge in his failings. The novel deals with the struggles between individual will, the hold of the past, and the relentless control of circumstances in a changing society. (Summary by Bruce Pirie)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural and small-town England in the mid-1800s. In the original subtitle, Hardy called this the story of "a man of character," and the central character, Michael Henchard, is one of English fiction's greatest creations. Henchard is deeply developed as a realistic character, but also larger-than-life in the manner of a Greek or Shakespearean tragic hero - huge in his determination and huge in his failings. The novel deals with the struggles between individual will, the hold of the past, and the relentless control of circumstances in a changing society. (Summary by Bruce Pirie)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

12h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

30:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

11:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

16:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

24:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

22:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

25:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

17:46