Our Between the Lines Book Club choice for May is Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy. We will be discussing this book on May 19, 2018 at 10:30AM, at Arden Dimick Library, as well as in the comments below.
Far From the Madding Crowd has been made into a movie four times: in 1915, 1967, 1998, and 2015. The most famous adaptation is probably the one from 1967, which starred Julie Christie. In his review, Roger Ebert gave the movie three stars and made the following comment:
Thomas Hardy’s novel told of a 19th Century rural England in which class distinctions and unyielding social codes surrounded his characters. They were far from the madding crowd whether they liked it or not, and got tangled in each other’s problems because there was nowhere else to turn. It’s not simply that Bathsheba (Julie Christie) was courted by the three men in her life, but that she was courted by ALL three men in her life.
In 2015 a new movie adaptation, starring Carey Mulligan,was released. Here’s my review. The movie makes some abrupt jumps to keep the run time down, but benefits from strong performances and amazing chemistry between Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts, who plays Gabriel.
The 2015 version, which I adore, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and at the library. It’s fairly faithful to the book so if you feel bogged down, I encourage you to try the movie out.