08 March, 2010

Book of Note

Thomas Hardy is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers in English of all time. A master of/with words and the English language. Best known for his books: Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. And there is The Woodlanders, one of his very rarely read and lesser known or mentioned books. A book so exhilarating to read, that it leaves you either completely fulfilled or hungry for more. It is a masterpiece.  Not because of the characters or the plot which aren't that very absorbing or captivating as in his other novels . But, it is the words. The string and stream of words that are astonishingly, masterfully and beautifully used. If I am asked to choose only one book, that I have read,  that has the greatest and sweetest stream of English words in it - then Hardy's The Woodlanders would be that book.

Don't read the book for the plot or the characters. Read it for the symphony and beauty of the words and sentences. English words and sentences that you might never find used any where else, in such a flawless, seamless, most delightful and utterly absorbing style. Written in prose by a poet, it is a book that sings. The words and the song, composed and orchestrated by one of the greatest masters of English and the English vocabulary. Read the book, because of its animation of the sexually charged woods, the lanes, glades, fields, sunsets, dawns, storms, drizzles, winds, breezes, nature which are the book's true hero, full of almost supernatural agency.