Far from the Madding Crowd is by Thomas Hardy. Hardy's first great literary success, this is a classic must read. The story of the lovely Bathsheba Everdene and the three men who want her. One a humble farmer named Gabriel Oak whose proposal she immediately rejects. The second, a prosperous farmer, named Boldwood. Bathsheba entices his attention with a card written on a whim as a joke, which backfires on them both. The third suitor is a soldier named Troy, who has a reputation as a rake and a seducer of women. Bathsheba finds her life entwined with all three men, with tragic results. A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended Read.
Ratings: 10th grade - 9 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).