The Trumpet-Major

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The Trumpet Major Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements In The Trumpet Major the tale of a woman courted by three competi

  • Title: The Trumpet-Major
  • Author: Thomas Hardy
  • ISBN: 9780192836359
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements In The Trumpet Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors during the Napoleonic wars, he explores the subversive effects of ordinary human desire and conflicting loyalties on systematized versions of history This editionHardy distrusted the application of nineteenth century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements In The Trumpet Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors during the Napoleonic wars, he explores the subversive effects of ordinary human desire and conflicting loyalties on systematized versions of history This edition restores Hardy s original punctuation and removes the bowdlerisms forced upon the text on its initial publication.

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    1. Jan-Maat on said:

      After readingGiap: The Victor in Vietnam I felt the need for something to settle my stomach - and hark what lay to hand but an old edition ofThe Trumpet-Major, ripe for re-reading.I read most of my Thomas Hardy in one go, one Easter in the mid 90s. I had got a boxed set from the Folio society of Hardy's novels for a fiver or some such in return for buying three full priced books a year from them (or something along those lines) and I read a hundred pages before breakfast, two hundred between bre [...]

    2. Alan Blood on said:

      Those who criticise this remarkable novel should really go back to school to find out why they are missing the point. It has never achieved the accolades that so many of Hardy's other novels have. Although I more than adequately could, I will not repeat the several other complimentary reviews which are on this site. Suffice to say that 'The Trumpet Major' occupies an almost unique slot in the Hardy 'repertoire' in that, unlike many of his works (such as 'Jude', Far From The Madding Crowd and 'Te [...]

    3. Katie Lumsden on said:

      Maybe even 4.5. I really enjoyed this Hardy - it has an interesting and clever mix of light and dark tone, and is set not in the Victorian times but during the Napoleon Wars, which adds an interesting historical dimension to the book as well. Hardy's writing is beautiful as ever.

    4. Kezia on said:

      Anne Garland is quite possibly Hardy's least appealing heroine, which unfortunately makes this his least appealing novel. Status-conscious, shy, cold, boring beyond her years, with no apparent talents or hobbies, Anne finds herself the object of the affections of two working-class brothers as well as the heir of the kindly local squire. Anne is unlike other 'Hardy Girls' and Hardy is unlike himself in this story. He more interested in the military maneuvers during the Napoleonic wars than he is [...]

    5. Sylvester on said:

      Hardy has written enough books to keep me happy for years now - and there are still more for me to read, thank goodness! There is something about him - an earthiness, a darkness, that makes his stories (which are always about the complications of human relationships, and explorations of human character weighed against fate) very satisfying and full, though not always happy. This one might be lighter than most, but I very much enjoy how he refuses to simplify relationships. I could say more, but [...]

    6. Kim on said:

      The Trumpet-Major is a novel by Thomas Hardy set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars and first published as a serial in Good Words from January to December 1880. It seems like a lot of books in the 1800's were published in serial form, I'm glad I wasn't there for it, I want to read my books all at one time. Hardy says of the novel in the introduction: "The external incidents which direct its course are mostly an unexaggerated reproduction of the recollections of old persons well known to the [...]

    7. Courtney Stirrat on said:

      Oh Thomas, Read June 2014We were doing so well, you and I. I was thinking of reading your poetry and planning Far from the Madding Crowd as my next big read. And then came along The Trumpet-Major. It started well, although a bit mellow for you, but then turned into what felt like (but was not actually) a long, long, long read. Your love quandrangle between boring Anne and her three suitors is a bit, well, dull. The plot and choices are very Austen, but without her sparkle. Your characters are a [...]

    8. David Mcdowell on said:

      This is quite an uncomfortable read for a Hardy. I wasn't sure why I felt it to be so until I read the excellent Introduction to this edition. It was perceived by readers at the time as a charming pastoral romance and the style was partly a response to the badly-reviewed 'Return of the Native' (a book I like a lot).There are 3 sides to the book all of which take prominence at various times and result in the disjointed or uneasy feel.The part that most readers would focus on is the romance 'quadr [...]

    9. Clara on said:

      Sad - It started out great, but I was angry at the turn it took.I would agree with the fact that Anne, the heroine of the book is the least likeable of Hardy's. I couldn't sympathize with her actions and her course left me angry and frustrated. Because of this, I don't know that I would ever re-read this book. However, The Trumpet Major has some of the most lively and interesting characters of Hardy's creation as well. I absolutely loved Uncle Benji who almost seemed to have stepped out of a Dic [...]

    10. Mlg on said:

      Another terrific glimpse into small town English life during the Napoleonic Wars. Anne Garland is living with her widowed mother in half of Miller Loveday's mill. She is courted by three men, one is the Squire's nephew, the other two are the Miller's sons, a trumpet major and a seaman.I thought the character of Anne was unappealing, but the Trumpet Major who is the good man always in the background, is charming. I wish it had a happier ending!

    11. Amy on said:

      I like that this was a book that Hardy actually researched for writing since it takes place during the Napoleonic Wars that he'd heard his elders talk about as a child. But, really, the story is really nothing all that great. The backdrop could have been more interesting and the storyline could have been more interesting. I really wasn't hoping anyone in particular would win the battle of the love triangle. In my quest to read everything Hardy has written, I could have skipped this one.

    12. Vanessa Wester on said:

      I am amazed this is the first Thomas Hardy book I have ever read, and can't believe it took me this long to read one by this fantastic author! My husband gave me the DVD of "Far from the Maddening Crowd" and I decided to read some of his other works, this being one of them.The plot of "The Trumpet-Major" is fantastic, with so many twists along the way that I was shocked on the last page at the outcome!To summarise, Anne is a woman sought out by three different men two brothers and the detestable [...]

    13. Phil on said:

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it for O level English Lit - ooooh, SO many years ago now. But it had exactly what I want from a Hardy novel. I've never bought into the "misery is good" atmosphere of Tess of the d'Urbervilles or Jude the Obscure. What I want from Hardy is fabulous descriptions of Wessex country life in the 1800s, great characterisation, one or two tangled love affairs and a sense of a world no longer here.That is exactly what I got from this novel. The story is as good as [...]

    14. Bettie☯ on said:

      fraudionapoleonicwar1880victorianhistorical fic (believe this is the only foray into hist-fic that Mr Hardy made)Unabridged; 10.7 hours; read by Simon Vance.blurb - Anne Garland, who lives with her widowed mother in a mill owned by Miller Loveday, has three suitors: the local squire's nephew Festus and the miller's two sons, Robert and John. While Festus' aggressive pursuit deters the young woman from considering him as a husband, the indecisive Anne wavers between light-hearted Bob and gentle, [...]

    15. Gopal Vijayaraghavan on said:

      The period was the closing years of the eighteenth Century . The place a small Wessex coastal village which is jolted rudely of its slumber by the arrival of the British Cavalry because Boney(Napolean) having conquered the Europe threatened the peace of England. Thomas Hardy weaves a tragic tale of Trumpet Major John Loveday “ a neglected heroic man, who, loving her(Anne Garland) to distraction, deliberately doomed himself to pensive shade to avoid even the appearance of standing in a brother [...]

    16. Julia on said:

      I stayed with it to the end, but The Trumpet-Major didn’t hold my attention very well. The various characters were each believable in their own right, but I didn’t like the heroine very much; she was wishy-washy, self-centered, and uninteresting. The one major character I did like did not receive due rewards for his good character. There just wasn’t much to the story other than wondering who the heroine would end up with. It was intriguing to get a glimpse into the life of the English in a [...]

    17. Jirô Mori on said:

      Hardy as historian (w/ the prefatory note & footnotes) made for an interesting extra to the narrative, and I was lucky enough to be wandering/driving round some of the settings while reading it. Not sure what to make of Ms Garland and her eventual situation, however, nor of the author's attitude towards her. Still thinking about it -- but a typically rich and rewarding read. Plenty of lexical challenges, too, whether via dialect or era; even the OED was stumped occasionally.(Didn't get to se [...]

    18. Jonathan on said:

      Everybody loves Anne Garland, but no-one is good enough for Anne. Certainly not John Loveday, the Trumpet Major. So Anne leads him and his brother Bob and nasty piece of work Festus Derriman a merry dance, and finally has a change of heart.Not my favourite Hardy, who usually entertains me with good heroines. The background to the story was good however, set against the fear in the early 1800s that Napoleon was preparing to invade England's south coast.

    19. Robin on said:

      Classic Hardy - wonderful language, constantly twisting plot, deep characters all wrapped in a wonderfully painted landscape. I love reading Hardy, with the exception of Tess (which just made me want to slap all the main characters) - this is much better.

    20. (_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪ on said:

      Plot Note: The book takes place in the costal town of Budmouth (Weymouth), in the years 1804-1808, during the Napoleonic Wars. It is centered around the heroin Anne Garland who is sought after by three suitors, amidst a period where the local towns and British forces are preparing for the imminent invading force of Napoleon's army. Anne Garland, the only daughter of an impoverished widow, who's father was a respected local artist but his death led to a downturn in circumstances. Now they live in [...]

    21. minnie on said:

      I loved this story, and the usual Hardy depiction of simple country life in Wessex, with the historical background of the Napoleonic wars. This description of the Miller Loveday's beer I think is classic Thomas Hardy:"In the liquor line Loveday laid in an ample barrel of Casterbridge'strong beer.' This renowned drink--now almost as much a thing of thepast as Falstaff's favourite beverage--was not only well calculated towin the hearts of soldiers blown dry and dusty by residence in tents on ahill [...]

    22. Brad on said:

      This was not your best work, Mr. Hardy. Granted, not your best work is leaps and bounds above the other authors of your time. I thought about giving The Trumpet-Major 3 stars, but I just couldn't do that to a Hardy novel. This is the guy that wrote the beautiful tragedy of Jude the Obscure and the frustratingly operatic The Woodlanders as well as the shockingly gratifying Desperate Remedies. So no, I think you'd have to screw the pooch pretty hard for me to give you three stars or lower. Well, t [...]

    23. Tony on said:

      "The Trumpet-Major" is unusual for Hardy, in that the element of tragedy, standard in most of his work, is missing. Nonetheless, it is highly enjoyable and entertaining. In Anne Garland, Robert Loveday, John Loveday - the eponymous "Trumpet-Major, and the detestable Festus Derriman, Hardy gives us some of his most memorable characters. Set in the early nineteenth century against a backdrop of England's Napoleonic wars, "The Trumpet-Major" is Hardy's only work of historical fiction, and as such, [...]

    24. Robin on said:

      Thomas Hardy was a master of crafting tragedies that deliver powerful feelings of gloom, doom, despair and thoughts of self-harm, wrapped in haunting language and sun-dappled, open-aired imagery. So just imagine what he's like when he switches register from tragedy to romantic comedy. Now that haunting language and open-aired imagery are turned to the purpose of a light, humorous tale of love in the semi-fictitious Wessex countryside. It oozes charm; it makes you laugh and chuckle archly; and wi [...]

    25. Drew Graham on said:

      (Closer to 3.5, but I had to round down this time.)The residents of Overcombe are thrilled when a troop of soldiers sets up camp on the outskirts of their village. Among the especially excited are a local miller who lives nearby, as well as his tenants, the widow Mrs. Garland and her daughter Anne. The miller's son, John Loveday, serves as able and celebrated trumpet-major of the dragoon, and his contentment at returning home for a time increases when he is reintroduced to young Miss Garland, no [...]

    26. Kat on said:

      I had to battle through this one. The story wasn't the most interesting but the great characters made up for that. It was fun guessing who Anne was going to end up with and the ending was refreshing - still, I probably won't read it again.

    27. Ali on said:

      This was the latest read for my online Hardy reading group – we are reading one book every two months chronologically. I’m a big Hardy fan – and I am so enjoying rediscovering the works I first fell in love with when I was between about eighteen and twenty. I do find though, that my memory of many of the actual plots has suffered greatly over the intervening years – that was certainly the case with The Trumpet Major. My one recollection was of military men in uniform, at the time of the [...]

    28. Todd Stockslager on said:

      Review title: When will a hero arise?Combining the powerful writing style of a great author with the explosive ingredients of the French Revolution (Dickens's Two Cities) and its Napoleonic aftermath (Hardy's Major) is apparently a recipe for classic fiction. The key is creating great characters and putting them in recognizable historical settings. The history isn't the focus but the background against which heroes arise.Add to this heady mix the fictional Wessex area of southern coastal England [...]

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