Whenever a new film adaptation of a classic novel is released, you can hear readers’ whispers on the wind. Please, please please please, let it be good… But according to critics, Far from the Madding Crowd isn’t good. It’s great. Starring the incredible Carey Mulligan and directed by Thomas Vinterberg from a screenplay by David Nicholls (yes, that David Nicholls) the lat... Read more
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John Purcell reflects on the frustrations of drowning in honey. It occurs to me that I never mention Thomas Hardy. When I rattle off the authors I love, my mind runs to George Eliot, George Meredith, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens quite easily and then I realise I have mentioned only nineteenth English authors and I quickly add Christina Stead, Willa Cather and I may if I have time throw in Thoma... Read more
When I am considering the big question: What shall I read next? I instinctively look toward the big pile of books I have yet to read – with so little time to read in life, it makes sense to keep trying new things. But every so often, while looking for something new, I stumble across something old, something I read long ago. Holding it my hands, I realise it is at best, half remembered. F... Read more
In my inbox today was a newsletter from Penguin Classics UK in which they list the… Top Ten Cruellest Classics (wah, ha, har!) They didn’t say ‘wah, ha, har!’ that was me. I thought it needed something. They did say this, however: Despite some sunny days recently, we wouldn’t dare argue with T. S. Eliot – and since it’s April, here is our top ten of the... Read more
Tamara Drew is a film of the graphic novel which was the compilation of the Guardian serial which was loosely based upon the great work of Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd. Got that?
I shouldn’t mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband. Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd Tamara Drewe is a brilliant graphic novel inspired by Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd by Posy Simmonds the author of the widely acclaimed Gemma Bovery Tamara Drewe has transformed herself. Plastic surgery, a different wardrobe, a smouldering loo... Read more
To persons standing alone on a hill during a clear midnight such as this – the roll of the world eastward is almost a palpable movement. The sensation may be caused by the panoramic glide of the stars past earthly objects, which is perceptible in a few minutes of stillness; or by a fancy that the better outlook upon space afforded by a hill emphasizes terrestrial revolution; or by the win... Read more