Why this book?
I read this novel in high school and it left an impression on my young mind, both as a reader and a writer. The main character, Eustacia Vye, longs for true love in her isolated world out on the blustery Egdon Heath. She has her eye on Clym Yeobright, who is set to return from Paris. But this wonderful gothic romance has other things in store for her, because Clym’s dreams are far different than her own. I recall lounging on my parent’s lazy boy in the den, reading about the Guy Fawkes festival, feeling the cold winds on the heath, smelling the damp brown and red leaves, and imagining indistinguishable, mysterious figures slowly emerging from the fog banks. This book breathes the season.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, The Return of the Native centers famously on Egdon Heath, the wild, haunted Wessex moor that D. H. Lawrence called "the real stuff of tragedy." The heath's changing face mirrors the fortunes of the farmers, inn-keepers, sons, mothers, and lovers who populate the novel. The "native" is Clym Yeobright, who comes home from a cosmopolitan life in Paris. He; his cousin Thomasin; her fiancé, Damon Wildeve; and the willful Eustacia Vye are the protagonists in a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout…