The Trumpet-Major (Extended Annotated Edition)

The Trumpet-Major (Extended Annotated Edition)

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This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. The reader of Mr. Hardy's novel, qThe Trumpet Major, q will at once ask himself, qIs not this author making a brave struggle against the scepticism, the pessimism that have been assailing him? Will not the optimism of the poet and idealist finally conquer the pessimism of the realist?q If Mr. Hardy had died after writing qThe Trumpet Majorq the last question might well have been answered in the affirmative. Few more charming, spontaneous, wholesome stories than this have ever been written by an English novelist. Sweet Anne Garland may well be set by Sweet Anne Page, and her two devoted swains, fickle Bob Loveday, the sailor, and staunch John Loveday, the Trumpet Major, are worthy to live as long as the language in which their adventures are told. This is the only one of Mr. Hardy's stories that at all claims the titlea€”the great title in spite of some modern criticsa€”of an historical romance. The scene is laid on the southern coast of England during the exciting days of Napoleon's contemplated invasion. The historical setting is worthy of all praisea€”indeed, as we shall see later, Mr. Hardy shares with Thackeray the power to move as freely in the past as in the present. We consider qThe Trumpet Majorq to be the most charming of Mr. Hardy's stories, and if all its characters had possessed the nobility of the unselfish hero and if its action had been more tense and pitched upon a higher plane it would easily have been his greatest work. As it is, it is one of the cleanest, most interesting, most wholesome stories that can be recommended to readers old or young.Between the border of her cap and her forehead were ranged a row of round brown curls, like swallowsa#39; nests under eaves. ... The miller frequently apologized to his tenants for the intrusion of this insidious dry fog; but the widow was of a friendly ... anticipated when, tempted by the lowness of the rent, they first removed thither after her husbanda#39;s death from a larger house at the other end of the village.

Title:The Trumpet-Major (Extended Annotated Edition)
Author:Thomas Hardy
Publisher:Jazzybee Verlag - 2013-11-01


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