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Book Title: Two on a Tower|
The author of the book: Thomas Hardy
ISBN 13: 9780460877848
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Edition: J. M. Dent and Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc.
Date of issue: May 1st 1999
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I haven’t read a Thomas Hardy novel since I was nineteen. I have good memories of The Return of the Native, Jude the Obscure and especially Tess. This one has sat unread since those distant halcyon days.
I suspect this novel might highlight the problems of applying all mental energy to the construction of plot and leaving the characters as a secondary consideration – a cheap trick which characterizes lots of modern commercial fiction. Everyone in this novel is shackled to the dogmatic plot. The only thing of any interest for me in this novel was how the plot would pan out. The writing itself was often like wastelands of brambles I had to wade through. Especially annoying was the Old Father Time vibe of the narrative voice with its endless classical allusions and quotations of famous poets. The characters were wooden, the dialogue was wooden. Every time the hero waxed lyrical about his passion for astronomy I felt I was reading stuff Hardy had copied out of an astronomy handbook for beginners. Every decision his two lovers made struck me as little short of preposterous, as if the plot and not inner compulsion was coercing them.
The suspicion arises that Hardy is a one trick pony. Once again he’s giving the lie to the romantic imagination and once again he’s taking up the cause of the woman. But he did this so much better in Tess.
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Read information about the authorThomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The term cliffhanger is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy's serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873. In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years. This became the archetypal — and literal — cliff-hanger of Victorian prose.
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