The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy is the 6th book in my summer book project. I have always loved Thomas Hardy. I read Far from the Maddening Crowd in high school and I was hooked. What teenage girl wouldn't fall in love with Gabriel Oak? I've also read Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure.
Michael Henchard is the central character in this book. Boy howdy, I had no use for him. He seemed to only make decisions that would shoot himself in the foot. I don't have a lot of sympathy for such characters. I did really like Elizabeth-Jane, his daughter, and was rooting for her to end up with a happy life. Her story kept me glued to the book.
This book was first published in 1886. It seems like I've only picked Signet books to read in this series. That just happened by chance. Probably because they printed affordable paperbacks that I was able to pick up cheap at garage sales or goodwill.
I just love books with maps in them. Don't you?
This book had almost no writing in it. I think one thing was underlined on the first page. Then there is this on the very last page: Pessimistic Epiphany. It sounds like a great name for a rock band.