The Merrie Month of May

05 May


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)…


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2 responses to “The Merrie Month of May

  1. interestingliterature

    12/05/2013 at 6:23 pm

    Love the Thomas Hardy post. I’d particularly recommend A Laodicean, a real underrated and forgotten gem among Hardy’s lesser novels. And it supposedly contains the first photographer in fiction! Enjoy your Hardy romp…

    • BookWormMum

      02/06/2013 at 11:31 am

      Afraid I didn’t get around to A Laodicean (although you can see I have a copy for another day); Far From The Madding Crowd kept me busy enough. Perhaps I’ll enjoy a Hardy month next year.


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