Wessex Tales

by Thomas Hardy
Category: "Fiction - Short Story Collection"
Year of Publication:1896
Date Read:02/01/1998
Notes:Seven short stories. The first piece, The Three Strangers, pulls out all the stops: a violent storm on the downs, three mysterious strangers who seek shelter in a shepherd's cabin where a rousing christening party is in progress, and the booming of a cannon to announce the escape of a prisoner nearby. Woven through all the stories are lively descriptions of life in Somerset 50 years or so before Hardy's time: accounts of milking cows all day in a dark dairy (The Withered Arm), smuggling tubs of brandy over the cliffs (The Distracted Preacher), and preparing for the anticipated invasion of Napoleon (A Tradition of 1804).
My Rating: 8

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