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Okładka książki Penguin Readers Level 5 Far from the Madding Crowd

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Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. Bathsheba Everdene is young and beautiful. She has her own farm and she likes to do things her way. Three men are in love with her - a poor shepherd, a rich farmer and a soldier. Which man will she choose, and will he be the right one for her?
Okładka książki Wessex Tales

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Wessex Tales was the first collection of Hardy's short stories, and they reflect the experience of a novelist at the height of his powers. These seven tales, in which characters and scenes are imbued with a haunting realism, show considerable diversity of content, form and style, and range from fantasy to realism and from tragedy to comedy. In insisting on the unusual nature of any story worth the telling, and with his gift for irony and compassion, Hardy achieves more in the genre of the short story than any English novelist before him.
Okładka książki Trumpet Major

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Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth-century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements. In The Trumpet-Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors during the Napoleonic wars, he explores the subversive effects of ordinary human desire and conflicting loyalties on systematized versions of history.
Okładka książki Life s Little Ironies

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The phrase `life's little ironies' is now proverbial, but it was coined by Hardy as the title for this, his third volume of short stories. While the tales and sketches reflect many of the strengths and themes of the great novels, they are powerful works in their own right. Unified by his quintessential irony, strong visual sense, and engaging characters, they deal with the tragic and the humorous, the metaphysical and the magical. The collection displays the whole range of Hardy's art as a writer of fiction, from fantasy to uncompromising realism, and from the loving re-creation of a vanished rural world to the repressions of fin-de-siecle bourgeois life.
Okładka książki Jude the Obscure

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Jude Fawley is a rural stone mason with intellectual aspirations. Frustrated by poverty and the indifference of the academic institutions at the University of Christminster, his only chance of fulfilment seems to lie in his relationship with his unconventional cousin, Sue Bridehead. But life as social outcasts proves undermining, and when tragedy occurs, Sue has no resilience and Jude is left in despair. Hardy’s portrait of Jude, the idealist and dreamer who is a prisoner of his own physical nature, is one of the most haunting and desperate of his creations. Jude the Obscure is a dark yet compassionate account of the insurmountable frustrations of human existence which reflect Hardy’s yearning for the spiritual values of the past and his despair at their decline.
Okładka książki Woodlanders

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In this classically simple tale of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset, now in a new edition, Hardy narrates the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury between a simple and loyal woodlander and an exotic and sophisticated outsider. Betrayal, adultery, disillusion, and moral compromise are all worked out in a setting evoked as both beautiful and treacherous. The Woodlanders, with its thematic portrayal of the role of social class, gender, and evolutionary survival, as well as its insights into the capacities and limitations of language, exhibits Hardy's acute awareness of his era's most troubling dilemmas.
Okładka książki Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich 'relatives', the D'Urbervilles, in hope that they might help her alleviate her own family's poverty. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare, Tess sees a potential escape from her past, but only if she can tell him her shameful secret...
Okładka książki The Return of the Native

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The Return of the Native is widely recognised as the most representative of Hardy's Wessex novels. He evokes the dismal presence and menacing beauty of Egdon Heath - reaching out to touch the lives and fate of all who dwell on it. The central figure is Clym Yeobright, the returning ‘native’ and the story tells of his love for the beautiful but capricious Eustacia Vye. As the narrative unfolds and character after character is driven to self-destruction the presence of the Heath becomes all-embracing, while Clym becomes a travelling preacher in an attempt to assuage his guilt.
Okładka książki A Pair of Blue Eyes

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A Pair of Blue Eyes, though early in the sequence of Hardy's novels, is lively and gripping. Its dramatic cliff-hanging episode, for example, is at once tense, ironic, feministic and erotic. With settings in Wessex and London, the novel also has some strongly autobiographical features, as the blue-eyed heroine, Elfride Swancourt, is based largely on Emma Gifford, who became Thomas Hardy's first wife. Elfride's vivacious nature attracts several lovers, but she is beset by sexual prejudice, and the ensuing ironies reveal the constraints of her times. A Pair of Blue Eyes provides an engaging and moving experience for today's readers.
Okładka książki The Well-Beloved with The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved

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The Well-Beloved completes the cycle of Hardy's great novels, reiterating his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in both love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary Well-Beloved - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh. Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with a characteristically authentic rendering of location, the Isle of Slingers, or Portland as we know it. Overt exploration of the relationship between erotic fascination and creativity makes this novel a nineteenth-century landmark in the persistent debate about art, aesthetics and gender.
Okładka książki Desperate Remedies

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The young Thomas Hardy, working as an architect, but fired with literary ambition, tried for years to get into print. He finally succeeded with Desperate Remedies, a 'sensation novel' in the mode of Wilkie Collins. Here was a racy specimen of the genre, replete with sudden death, dark mysteries, intriguing clues, fire and storm, flight and pursuit. Anyone who enjoys The Woman in White is likely to enjoy Desperate Remedies. But that is only half the story. Hardy contrived also, in this unlikely context, to give a first airing to various of the ideas and technical experiments which were to characterise his later fiction. The result is an exhilaratingly uneven work: at any point in the narrative some brilliant passage of description or metaphor may burst out like a firework. Desperate Remedies can
Okładka książki Far from the Madding Crowd

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Far From the Maddening Crowd, by Thomas Hardy, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:* New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars * Biographies of the authors * Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events * Footnotes and endnotes * Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work * Comments by other famous authors * Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations * Bibliographies for further reading * Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior...
Okładka książki Under the Greenwood Tree

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A portrayal of a picturesque rural society, tinged with gentle humour and irony.
Okładka książki Jude the Obscure

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Jude Fawley, the stonemason excluded not by his wits but by poverty from the world of Christminster privilege, finds fulfilment in his relationship with Sue Bridehead. Both have left earlier marriages. Ironically, when tragedy tests their union it is Sue, the modern emancipated woman, who proves unequal to the challenge. Hardy's fearless exploration of sexual and social relationships and his prophetic critique of marriage scandalised the late Victorian establishment and marked the end of his career as a novelist.
Okładka książki Mayor of Casterbridge

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None of the great Victorian novels is more vivid and readable than The Mayor of Casterbridge. Set in the heart of Hardy's Wessex, the 'partly real, partly dream country' he founded on his native Dorset, it charts the rise and self-induced downfall of a single 'man of character'. The fast-moving and ingeniously contrived narrative is Shakespearian in its tragic force, and features some of the author's most striking episodes and brilliant passages of description.
Okładka książki Więzy miłości Juda nieznany

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Historia tragicznego związku pomiędzy Judą Fawleyem, wiejskim kamieniarzem, który podjął nieudaną próbę wstąpienia do stanu duchownego, a Sue Bridehead, jego kuzynką i wolnomyślicielką, odrzucaną przez społeczeństwo ze względu na buntownicze podejście do seksu. Niszcząc wszelkie poczucie niewinności i stanowiąc tragiczną wizję życia, Więzy miłości. Juda nieznany niesie ze sobą wymowny obraz cierpienia, pełen odwołań do ludzkiej natury. To ostatnia i zarazem najbardziej kontrowersyjna powieść Hardy'ego. Wywołała szeroko zakrojone i wściekłe ataki - do tego stopnia, że, jak twierdził potem, skłoniło go to do porzucenia powieściopisarstwa. Głównym powodem wzburzenia stało się bezpośrednie ujęcie przez Hardy'ego tematyki seksualnej oraz niekonwencjonalne ukazanie fundamentów społeczeństwa wiktoriańskiego: brytyjskiego systemu szkolnictwa wyższego, małżeństwa oraz religii. Dziś książkę tę wielu uznaje za najlepszą w jego dorobku. W słynnej ekranizacji Michaela Winterbottoma główne role zagrali Kate Winslet i Christopher Eccleston.
Okładka książki Z dala od zgiełku

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Znana brytyjska powieść o sile miłości i namiętności, na której podstawie powstał wzruszający film z Carey Mulligan i Tomem Sturridge’em. Prowincja dziewiętnastowiecznej Anglii. Betsaba Everdene dziedziczy po wuju farmę. Postanawia sama zająć się gospodarstwem, nie czekając na księcia z bajki. Jej uroda oraz niezależność działają jednak na mężczyzn jak magnes. O względy dziewczyny zabiega trzech dżentelmenów, każdy o silnej osobowości. Jest wśród nich Gabriel Oak – poczciwy farmer, właściciel ziemski William Boldwood oraz Franciszek Troy – sierżant królewskich dragonów, kobieciarz i hulaka. Nieoczywiste wybory, sercowe rozterki oraz pomyłki losu – życie niesie wiele niespodzianek, ale Betsaba zrobi wszystko, żeby się odnaleźć w świecie rządzonym przez mężczyzn.
Okładka książki Tessa d'Urberville

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Jedna ze stu najważniejszych książek wszechczasów! Szalone kontrowersje, jakie wzbudziła książka Thomasa Hardy’ego, Tessa D’Urberville, ukazując otwarty portret seksualnej hipokryzji społeczeństwa epoki wiktoriańskiej, tylko przyczyniły się do tego, że stała się ona komercyjnym sukcesem natychmiast po ukazaniu w roku 1891. Ufna i bezbronna Tessa zostaje w myśl przyjętych ówczesnych zachowań wystawiona przez własną rodzinę jako atrakcyjny towar, by zyskać majątek. Bezlitośnie uwiedziona i wykorzystana przez rzekomego przyszłego męża, w konsekwencji samotnie rodzi dziecko, które wkrótce umiera. Wówczas Tessa spotyka młodego idealistę, Angela Clare’a. Ostatecznie jednak, kiedy poznaje jej przeszłość, ten odrzuca ją. Pozbawiona nadziei i środków do życia, będąc ofiarą obłudnej, skostniałej angielskiej moralności, Tessa ucieka przed cierpieniem, decydując się na straszny, desperacki krok. Bogaty, poetycki język, którym Hardy kreśli wstrząsającą historię miłości, zdrady oraz zbrodni, w połączeniu z krytyką społecznych konwenansów wraz z dogłębną refleksją nad rolą przeznaczenia w ludzkim życiu sprawiają, że Tessa D’Urberville należy do najbardziej poruszających i pamiętnych powieści Hardy’ego. W 1979 roku na podstawie powieści powstał wielokrotnie nagradzany i doceniony przez krytykę film Romana Polańskiego z Nastassją Kinski w roli głównej, a roku 2008 nakręcono dokonały serial z Gemmą Arterton.
Okładka książki Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Set in Hardy's Wessex, Tess is a moving novel of hypocrisy and double standards. Its challenging sub-title, A Pure Woman, infuriated critics when the book was first published in 1891, and it was condemned as immoral and pessimistic. It tells of Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor and dissipated villager, who learns that she may be descended from the ancient family of d'Urbeville. In her search for respectability her fortunes fluctuate wildly, and the story assumes the proportions of a Greek tragedy. It explores Tess's relationships with two very different men, her struggle against the social mores of the rural Victorian world which she inhabits and the hypocrisy of the age. In addressing the double standards of the time, Hardy’s masterly evocation of a world which we have lost, provides one of the most compelling stories in the canon of English literature, whose appeal today defies the judgement of Hardy’s contemporary critics.
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