The Mayor of Casterbridge
What will you think about a drunk man who auctions his wife and child for five guineas.
This is the journey about Michael Henchard, who searchs for his wife the next day when his senses come to wits. The wife and the child were gone and so was the sailor Newson who brought them.
Story then moves eighteen years ahead when the child Elizabeth-Jane and wife Susan are looking for Henchard, after the disappearance of Newson at the sea believing him dead.
Fate did well for Henchard he is now the Mayor of Casterbridge, a wealthy and powerful merchant, whose having some trouble with his crop these days.
Donald Farfrae a Scotsman comes forward to help who is later appointed as Henchard's manager.
Story about Henchard dealing with his impulsive behavior, wealth, anger, remorse jealousy, insecurity, hatred and later on poverty. His life coming full circle in the end.
I didn't particularly loved or hated any character.
Each one of them Henchard, Susan, Lucetta had their own secrets to hide.
Farfrae on the other hand being the complete opposite of Henchard and his true competition in every way should have choosen Elizabeth-Jane his first choice instead of Lucetta.
Elizabeth should have shown some dignity about staying in Lucetta's house even after Farfrae was courting her and even marrying him afterwards.
A typical Hardy tale.
Perfectly written with every pinch of tragedy at the right place.
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