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Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

by Thomas Hardy

February Books: A Reading List for Love and Late-Winter Gloom 0

Here is a selection of recommended reading for February, full of love, birthdays, and late-winter gloom.

Here is My Heart: The Frailty and Hope of William Saroyan 2

When I saw Love, Here is My Hat, I needed to buy it again because Saroyan appeals to my heart and not my literary head. I bought it because Saroyan signals the pull of something or someplace absent; because the stories collected there are about people trying to make do, to make simple lives of love and happiness; and most of all because the book and that title I’ve never quite understood represent an offer. "Here is my hat." Perhaps it’s a gesture of surrender, or of begging.

The Elusive Omniscient 10

What seems key about the novel is that what we think of as a historical evolution—or a descent from a unified to a fragmented perspective—isn’t an evolution at all. In fact, the novel has always been insecure. It’s just that the manifestation of its insecurity has changed over time.

Geometric Solids: Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd 6