Reading Thomas Hardy

I’ve decided to read all Thomas Hardy. Some will think it’s a weird project, I suppose.

I can’t tell how long it will take me. I won’t rush into the books but will read them at my own pace. It will take as long as necessary, so this page will probably be there a long time.

 I don’t know yet if I’ll read them in French or in English. It will depend on the length, the possibility to get a French translation and on my laziness.  Books read are in bold blue letters, with the related posts. If I know about someone else’s post, I’ll link it too.

According to Wikipedia, the list of books in chronological order is:

1871 : Desperate Remedies (Remèdes désespérés)

OOP in French, sorry. Here are my thoughts about it. I loved it.

1872 : Under the Greenwood Tree. (Quatre saisons à Mellstock)

Singsong in Wessex

1873 : A Pair of Blue Eyes (Les yeux bleus)

Available in French.

‘Bravery is only obtuseness to the perception of contingencies,’

1874 : Far from the Madding Crowd. (Loin de la foule déchainée)

And Thomas Hardy invented the love rectangle.

Available in French.

1875 : The Hand of Ethelberta

Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.

1876 : The Return of the Native (Le retour au pays natal)

Available in French.

1880 : The Trumpet-Major

Available in French.

For Guy’s review, click here

1881 : A Laodicean

1882 : Two on a Tower

1886 : The Mayor of Casterbridge

Sense and Sensibility in Wessex

The Mayor of Casterbridge: Lost in translation

1887 : The Woodlanders (Les Forestiers)

Available in French.

1888 : Wessex Tales (a collection of short stories)

1891 : Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Tess d’Urberville)

Available in French.

1891 : A Group of Noble Dames (a collection of short stories)

1894 : Life’s Little Ironies (a collection of short stories)

Love is an unceremonious thing

1895 : Jude the Obscure (1895) (Jude l’Obscur)

For Sarah’s review click here.

1897 : The Well-Beloved

For Guy’s review, click here

  1. July 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I hope you enjoy your project, which is definitely not weird in my opinion. I am looking forward to your reviews.

    I have read six of the titles so far, but half of them when I was much younger, when I didn’t appreciate them very much. I’m sure that Far from the Madding Crowd is much better than I thought it was and really I might as well start again from the beginning.


    • July 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Thanks. I’ll try to read Desperate Remedies in August or September, I don’t know. I hope it’s not too difficult to read in English and especially that there isn’t too much dialect in it.
      All the titles are available in kindle versions on Project Gutenberg.


      • July 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        What a marvellous idea. As you know Hardy is one of my all-time favourites. Every so often I have to return to one of his books.


        • July 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          A big thank you for making me discover Hardy, a writer I knew only by name


  2. July 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I like projects like these. Not sure if I’ll ever turn hardy into a project but I do have some of my own as well.


    • July 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      It’s very rare thiat I want to read everything of a writer.


  3. TBM
    December 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Sounds like a great project! I picked up a copy of Far from the Madding Crowd a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t read it yet. Enjoy your exploration!


    • December 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Enjoy yours too.
      I wonder if I should make this page like the Reading Proust page and add other reviews when I see some. I’ll think about it.


      • TBM
        December 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        That might be fun!


  4. August 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    This is an impressive list! I plan to read soon the woodlanders. My aunt read it a long time ago and told me it was a masterpiece. I am looking forward to discover it. For the time being I am still exploring Edith Warthon’s novels and i am currently reading The house of Mirth, an excellent book.


    • August 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      I’m looking forward to reading The Woodlanders too.
      I loved the Whartons I’ve read, especially The Custom of the Country.


  5. Jenny
    March 15, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I’m coming to your blog a little late, and no doubt you are well on your way with this project by now. A word of encouragement (if any is needed): please don’t restrict yourself to Hardy’s novels. His short stories are great, and, in my view, Hardy’s poetry is the best of all his prodigious writing output.


    • March 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Unfortunately this project is still ongoing, too many books, too little time. 😔

      I have started with his short stories.
      I’m sure his poetry is marvellous but I’m French and my English isn’t good enough to read poetry. I’d have to find a version with the poem in English and its French translation.


  1. December 10, 2011 at 5:59 am

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