Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree

A Rural Painting of the Dutch School

Book - 1998
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The arrival of two newcomers in the quiet village of Mellstock arouses a bitter feud and leaves a convoluted love affair in its wake. While the Reverend Maybold creates a furore among the village's musicians with his decision to abolish the church's traditional 'string choir' and replace it with a modern mechanical organ, the new schoolteacher, Fancy Day, causes an upheaval of a more romantic nature, winning the hearts of three very different men - a local farmer, a church musician and Maybold himself. Under the Greenwood Tree follows the ensuing maze of intrigue and passion with gentle humour and sympathy, deftly evoking the richness of village life, yet tinged with melancholy for a rural world that Hardy saw fast disappearing.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780140435535
Branch Call Number: FIC Hardy 1998
Characteristics: 224 pages : map


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Jul 21, 2015

This is a good book for anyone who enjoys classics with a pastoral setting. It's the first book I've ready by Hardy and I really enjoyed it; I hope to read more of his other books. I found that even though it was written in 1872 and is about some issues from back then (the choir in church versus the organ), the people were easy to relate to. Hardy's writing is timeless.

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