And so a new month begins. Ok, it’s the 5th already but the sun’s shining today and it feels as though Spring might just be beginning.
In order to celebrate the fecundity of nature’s bounty, and the desire to romp through woods barefoot, I’m planning to dip into some Hardy. I’ve already read the major novels: Tess of the d’Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Trumpet Major, The Well-Beloved. All heart-wrenchingly beautiful. But major gaps in my canonical reading remain, hence the seasonally arranged pile here. My Kindle’s already loaded with many, many more free versions. I’m looking forward to Claire Tomalin’s biography alongside this selection.
Oh, and his poetry.
Did you know Hardy wrote a poem about ‘Amabel’; typically dark and heart-breaking.
And so, off to read (kids permitting)…