What are the best books by Thomas Hardy?

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    #1Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Tess Durbeyfield trying to claim a portion of the family fortune of the D'Urbervilles and meets her cousin Alec.

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    Emma Rivera
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I'm not a big fan of this book, Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. It may be well known, but it is not his best - I think actually his poetry is better than his prose. I suppose it is fine for what it's supposed to be, but I get frustrated with the characters and it's kind of depressing. It may be meant to be a commentary on the time, but it just leaves me cold."
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    #2Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Bathsheba Everdene who inherited a large farm from her late uncle in Wessex where she meets three different suitors trying to win her heart. 

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    William Lopez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Thomas Hardy has always been a favorite author of mine so I knew I'd like Far from the Madding Crowd. It definitely did not disappoint. The romance is well written and you'll fall in love with the characters."
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    #3Jude the Obscure

    Jude the Obscure
    Jude the Obscure is a classic novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Jude Fawley who got trapped into marrying Arabella but she soon abandons him, where later he meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead. 
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    Vicky Hu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "One of the darkest books I've ever read and I say that not in a good way. I know Hardy isn't one of the most cheerful writers but this was just beyond depressing. It's just tragedy one after the other. It also didn't help that the plot was boring with a mediocre ending. I guess the book did better during his time. Definitely not a casual read and would not recommend for people looking for a light happy novel."
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    #4The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows Michael Henchard's life after he sold his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. 

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    Walter Ortega
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The mayor of casterbridge is a descriptive, sad, but fun to read novel. The story is filled with themes of major gravity or features extraordinary descriptions of England and its culture. Classic and timeless."
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    #5The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which on Eustacia Vye who lives in the countryside of Wessex and has been longing for the city of Paris to get new experiences she has never seen before. 

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    Andrea Morrison
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This was a good read. The characters were interesting and the storyline was well written. I wish it had a better ending though."
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    #6Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the relationship between church musician Dick Dewey and the new school mistress Fancy Day set in a Victorian era. 

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    Roger Duncan
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Another great story by one of my favorite authors in Thomas Hardy. An excellent tale set in the Victorian era which tells of a budding relationship between a church musician and a fancy school mistress. Kept me captivated until the end. "
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    #7A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow Elfride Swancour based on the courtship he did on his first wife named Emma. 

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    George Johnston
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This Oxford edition features an enlightening introduction by a noted Hardy scholar, as well as a exhaustive history of the text. And for this price, you can't go wrong! This is not one of Hardy's more celebrated novels, but once you start this one it's hard to put down! An early classic from one of the greatest minds in English literary history."
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    #8The Woodlanders

    The Woodlanders

    The Woodlanders is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury among a woodlander, and a sophisticated outsider. 

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    Daniel Castro
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a spectacular classic Tom Hardy book and perhaps my favorite of all time. From the beginning it draws you right in until you keep reading and get to the very end. I often revisit this story because I enjoy it so much."
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    #9Two On A Tower

    Two On A Tower

    Two on a Tower is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Lady Constantine breaking the rules of social decorum as she falls in love with Swithin St Cleeve, who is ten years her junior. 

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    Linda Robinson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I wouldn't necessarily call Two On a Tower Hardy's best work, but it's still a great read. His twists never fail to excite."
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    #10The Well-Beloved

    The Well-Beloved

    The Well-Beloved is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows the life of sculptor Jocelyn Pierston falling in love with three generations of island women. 

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    Rose Murray
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "People often regard this last Hardy published book as his best work. It's written with the same lovely and surprising prose style that he's known for, and the subject is on-par with much of his oeuvre. I'm not sure if I would consider this is best book, but it's absolutely a testament to his work. "

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Best What are the best books by Thomas Hardy
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tess of the D'UrbervillesBooks 28 Paid
2Far from the Madding CrowdBooks 24 Paid
3Jude the ObscureBooks 23 Paid
4The Mayor of CasterbridgeBooks 22 Paid
5The Return of the NativeBooks 21 Paid
6Under the Greenwood TreeBooks 19 Paid
7A Pair of Blue EyesBooks 18 Paid
8The WoodlandersBooks 17 Paid
9Two On A TowerBooks 16 Paid
10The Well-BelovedBooks 15 Paid
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