The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge

By Thomas Hardy

  • Release Date: 1886-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 68 Ratings
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It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rustic England. A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next day he regrets his rash act and vows to give up drink and find his family and bring them home. Eventually he is forced to give up the search and move on with his life. He does this quite successfully until, nearly 20 years later, his past comes back to haunt him.


  • The mayor of caster bridge

    By Susanpip
    Thoroughly enjoyed it. Have always meant to read this after far from the madding crowd and was not disappointed.
  • Fantastic read

    By Budlea
    One of the best books I've read. Too much sorrow at the end though....
  • Why didn't I appreciate this at school?

    By 'Lainey2013
    Read this after recommendation of the manner of the tale. Never read a classic before and once you get your head around the old English, it's is a beautifully written, descriptive story about human nature and emotion. Almost want to go back through it and start working through the literary meanings from old English to new, Enraptured!