Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
Not a great number for me to choose from in this category, as I’ve never been an avid reader of the classics – always telling myself I should delve into them more but never seem to get around to it. I find Thomas Hardy very readable, and highly entertaining. His characters are easy to get to grips with, and he focuses on storytelling rather than excessive flowery prose, which is a winner with me. I’ve chosen the first of his books I read, because it is the one that introduced me to his writing style and I found it funny, interesting, at times moving, everything in fact that a good novel should be.
While we’re in this category, a word about William Shakespeare. As a Stratford-upon-Avon tour guide, you may be surprised that I’ve not chosen something by the great man this week. The reason is simple – I love Shakespeare, his language, his stories, his humour, his understanding of human feelings and experiences, but not to read and this is, after all, the Friday Read. I thoroughly enjoy Shakespeare’s works performed on stage, on film, or in the open air, but not on the page. Exactly as he himself intended them to be enjoyed of course.