The Trumpet-Major

by Thomas Hardy | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by bb012c3442 of Seaham, County Durham United Kingdom on 2/7/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by bb012c3442 from Seaham, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, February 7, 2005
Light, humorous and observant as it is, The Trumpet Major nevertheless has a vein of tragedy running through it - the unhappiness and despair of unrequited love.

Journal Entry 2 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 9, 2005
picked up at the Newcastle meet

Journal Entry 3 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, April 21, 2006
Wonderful, perfect for curling up on the couch when feeling under the weather. Humourous, sharp and tinged with sadness.

Released 15 yrs ago (7/1/2006 UTC) at UK Unconvention 2006 in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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To be taken to the UK Unconvention 2006

Journal Entry 5 by Fellraven from Redditch, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 1, 2006
Picked up at the Unconvention to continue an exploration of Hardy's novels. Thank you.

Journal Entry 6 by Fellraven from Redditch, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 16, 2008
I picked this book up from the book table at the Bookcrossing Unconvention in June 2006, along with several other Hardy novels, having read and enjoyed The Woodlanders a couple of years previously.

This being the Penguin Classics edition, it comes with an extensive and quite useful introductory essay setting out the historical background to the novel and Hardy's deep interest in the period of the Napoleonic Wars and their impact on the ordinary people of Britain. The introduction, it must be said, appears to be rather lukewarm about this novel, openly describing it as one of Hardy's more mediocre works, notable more for the evidence it provides for the author's historical interests than for the quality of the writing, the sophistication of the plot or the complexity of the characters.

It's easy to see what Roger Ebbatson, the editor, is getting at. The story is simple enough - Anne Garland lives with her widowed mother in part of the mill owned by Miller Loveday. Anne is courted by three men, two of them, John and Bob the sons of the miller and the third, Festus Derriman, the boorish son of the local squire. John is the trumpet major of the title and Bob a womanising seaman. John is first of the brothers on the scene and Ann seems to reciprocate his interest until Bob returns from a lengthy voyage and Anne switches her affections to him.

The story thereafter is largely taken up with Bob's trifling with Anne's affections and his infidelities while John seeks to win Anne whenever it seems that Bob is no longer interested. Festus provides the mostly comic relief, apart from his boorish pestering and stalking of Anne and his clear attempt at one stage to rape her. Bob eventually pulls himself together and gets the girl. Festus eventually loses both Anne and his inheritance and John loses the girl and subsequently his life "upon one of the bloody battlefields of Spain".

It is the thoughtful and decent John who emerges as the most complex character in the novel but this is essentially a story which goes back and forth between a limited number of elements. It's an enjoyable and gently humorous read, but Ebbatson is right - the interest lies in the historical background rather than the characters and their relationships.

Journal Entry 7 by Fellraven at Standedge Canal Tunnel in Marsden, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 23, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (3/23/2008 UTC) at Standedge Canal Tunnel in Marsden, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Left on a small table in the cafe attached to the tunnel ticket office.

Journal Entry 8 by house-elfdobby from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 24, 2008
Well flipmedoodledandy!!!! Auntie B has just returned from her travels up north with a bookcrossing book that she found in Standedge Tunnel Coffee Shop - she's not even a BookCrosser (but I'm working on her!), and this is the second book she's come across! Needless to say, they end up with me! Serendipity indeed, Happy
Easter Fellraven!

Released 13 yrs ago (4/4/2008 UTC) at Coffee Concept OBCZ in Woodville, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Left in the OBCZ basket in the computer room - please make a journal entry - thanks!

No. 77 in fotomiep's All In The Family Challenge April 2008 - The Trumpet MAjor

Journal Entry 10 by smallperson1971 from Lichfield, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 29, 2010
Found this one in a charity shop bargain box (5 pence). Saw the bookcrossings ID on the cover, and realised immediately what it was, so picked it up to buy, and read. Will update this when I'm done reading it. Chuffed to have found it, and looking forward to reading it.


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