Updated: Jul 1
A piquantly philosophical tale of the bucolic surroundings of a cluster of hamlets somewhere in an age-old Wessex. The introduction to the tale is made by Hardy in the extravagant throw of a description for everything that an eye can perceive in the old Egdon Heath. Miserable are the dwellings and dreary the scenery of the heath for some people but for the folks who know where to look, even the thorniest of maggot laden furze bushes can chance your eyes such a pleasure that you will keep staring at the grand mounds silhouetted against the scarlet fading sky and never even blink.
Return of the Native brings a kind of depth to your senses which have been trodden by murder mysteries and crime-fantasies for Heaven knows how long.
Primarily this is the story of the life of three women, Eustacia, Thomasin, and Mrs. Yeobright. A lover, a wife, and a mother.
It is also the story of a native who returns to the heath of Egdon to follow the callings of his heart instead of living a shiny luxurious life of that of a Parisian Jewel seller, he thinks it is effeminate for a man to wear his life down in selling trinkets to women. In his perturbation to seek a place in God's plan, the youthful and charming Clym Yeobright pledges to be a headmaster of a school and impart education. The contrivances he makes to follow his goals is the story narrated in the pages herein.
It is a story of love, of trust, of every decision you take and make. Every breath you take has an enormous caliber to change the future you so well desire.
It is a story of flattery, of faux eternal tenderness which ceases to be one day and leaves in its wake a tremendous hollow that writhes in agony. A tumultuous and evil place is the Egdon Heath because it reminds the evanescent quality of human life, of love, and of age. This novel is a somber creation of Thomas Hardy which makes a person weigh their feelings before permanently asserting to it. A curious dramatization of a bucolic love-story and the scarifying aspects of a loveless tragedy. By all means, I regard this as a tragedy one that has the potential to etch itself even to the toughest of human hearts.
In the course of this wonderful portrayal of human lives, we meet a dynamic array of country folk, from the highly educated by lacking resources Miss Eustacia Vye to the timid and homely Thomasin Yeobright. Even though the name of the novel bears the mention of the native Clym Yeobright but the central character around which the book poussetted is Eustacia Vye, the fair maiden whose skin is as soft and hue as white that even the pegasus's courage falters to bear her path, with flowing dark hair and the graceful make Miss Vye doesn't fit in Egdon Heath. And yet she frames the destiny of not less than five people by the schemes of her own doubtfulness.
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