Sunday, August 9, 2015

Far from the Madding Crowd

For those of you who, like me, are going through Poldark withdrawal, and missed Far from the Madding Crowd when it was in theaters, I won't say it's a complete cure, but it was extremely good. In a movie of this length, I don't look for complete accuracy, as much must be compressed, but I thought it did well in staying as true to Thomas Hardy's novel as could be done in the timeframe, although it did attempt to elevate the characters to the status of complete gentry, when at best they were gentlemen (and gentlewoman) farmers. Mostly, I'm not buying what they're selling with Farmer Boldwood's house for a farm of that size.

But I digress. If you haven't read Far from the Madding Crowd, I very much recommend it, both for the unique love quadrangle, and the agricultural rhythms that govern the book, and at one time governed so much of England.


A Regime of Fun

In my Austen Authors post today , I'm looking at the structured "regime of fun" that comprised entertainments of spa towns li...