Desperate Remedies (2020)

Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy Mary Rimmer Desperate Remedies Cytherea has taken a position as lady s maid to the eccentric arch intriguer Miss Aldclyffe On discovering that the man she loves Edward Springrove is already engaged to his cousin Cytherea comes u
  • Title: Desperate Remedies
  • Author: Thomas Hardy Mary Rimmer
  • ISBN: 9780140435238
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy Mary Rimmer Cytherea has taken a position as lady s maid to the eccentric arch intriguer Miss Aldclyffe On discovering that the man she loves, Edward Springrove, is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe s fascinating, manipulative steward Manston.Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy s first published novel, andCytherea has taken a position as lady s maid to the eccentric arch intriguer Miss Aldclyffe On discovering that the man she loves, Edward Springrove, is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe s fascinating, manipulative steward Manston.Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy s first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the sensation novel perfected by Wilkie Collins Several perceptive critics praised the author as a novelist with a future when Desperate Remedies appeared anonymously in 1871 In its depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy s genius.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.
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  1. Katie Lumsden

    A brilliant, brilliant read Hardy s usual strong characterisation and emotional impact, along with a wonderfully paced dramatic mystery Great fun, powerful, so well written, with a wonderful cast I flew through this, and it s currently rivalling Far From the Madding Crowd and Jude the Obscure for my favourite Hardy.

  2. Issicratea

    As a lover of literary curiosities, how was I going to resist the spectacle of a young Thomas Hardy attempting a Wilkie Collins style sensation novel The idea is both incongruous and weirdly enticing and the reality doesn t fall too far short That s not to say that Desperate Remedies Hardy s first published novel 1871 could entirely be called a success The crime detective element is distinctly half baked, and Hardy is clearly just going through the motions on the level of plot There is some beau [...]

  3. Jane

    The idea of re reading Thomas Hardy s work in order of publication floated in my head for quite some time and now that I have made a start and re visited his first published novel I think that it was a rather good idea Desperate Remedies isn t his finest work but it is a good start, and a very readable story Hardy wrote another novel before this one, but after it was rejected and now it is lost He took advice and it resulted in a book that is a curious mixture of Hardy and of certain other novel [...]

  4. Lobstergirl

    This is Hardy s first novel For the first hundred pages or so it seems standard Hardy, but it quickly turns into a Wilkie Collinsesque potboiler the Victorian sensation novel of not astoundingly high quality it doesn t match The Woman in White, for instance Unlike so much Hardy, there s a view spoiler happy ending hide spoiler.I wouldn t recommend this edition Oxford World s Classics The footnotes endnotes will seem overly obtrusive to most readers who doesn t know that a pallet is a straw mattr [...]

  5. Kim

    Desperate Remedies is a novel that was written by Thomas Hardy and published in three volumes in 1871 It was his first published novel Hardy had completed his first novel The Poor Man And The Lady in 1868 but he was advised to either rewrite the novel, or what would be much bettertempt a novel with a purely artistic purpose giving it a complicated plot The result wasDesperate Remedies.I enjoyed the novel although I still haven t decided whether I am giving it 3 or 4 stars, maybe I ll know by th [...]

  6. Rose A

    I probably wouldn t even have heard of Desperate Remedies if I hadn t got it out of the library to listen to in the car I m glad I found it, however, for this was a really interesting novel and an entertaining and surprising one The blurb led me to expect something mediocre Hardy s first novel, hints of greatness, ultimately flawed etc I m partial to these lesser known works and this did not disappoint It s not so polished, true, and it was uneven in places in terms of pacing and structure liste [...]

  7. Margaret

    Oh, this was quite strange, but worth reading It was Hardy s first published novel, and it s most unlike his other books, an odd mishmash of romance and Gothic and sensation novel When Cytherea Graye takes a position as lady s maid to eccentric, beautiful Miss Aldclyffe, she is drawn under the influence of the charismatic Manston, Miss Aldclyffe s steward, and entangled in a web of romantic and violent intrigue.It s overwritten never a two syllable word where a four syllable one can be used inst [...]

  8. Hilary G

    More than anything else, I found this book tiresome How dare such creatures proffer tiresome trash,paid off by moneyed wretches like themselves,while humanity hungers, longing forrenaissance in particular the interjection of obscure bits of poetry and religious and classical references that I can scarcely believe meant any to Mr Hardy s original readers than they do to me These were to illustrate points and, I suspect, to demonstrate what a fantastically well read chap Hardy considered himself [...]

  9. John Frankham

    Having read most of Hardy s novels, and re read them, this was my first reading of Desperate Remedies A real surprise, and a real pleasure A cross between later Hardy and Wilkie Collins And some of the beautifully rhythmic prose reminded me of Jane Austen, oddly enough.So adventurous for its time.From a good Hardy web site Desperate Remedies 1871 was Thomas Hardy s first published novel He wrote it following the disappointment of having his first work The Poor Man and the Lady rejected for publi [...]

  10. Amy

    Thomas Hardy s first book was rejected by publishers because the plot went nowhere The plot certainly went somewhere with his second book and first published novel, Desperate Remedies Considering how many of Thomas Hardy s novels were made into movies, I m surprised that this one wasn t He s built a very strong cast of characters The heroine is strong and rational while the villain is dastardly indeed The tale is one part mystery and one part love triangle I d even go as far as to call it gothic [...]

  11. Laura

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.And the audio version is available at LibriVoxEFATORY NOTE The following story, the first published by the author, was written nineteen years ago, at a time when he was feeling his way to a method The principles observed in its composition are, no doubt, too exclusively those in which mystery, entanglement, surprise, and moral obliquity are depended on for exciting interest but some of the scenes, and at least one of the characters, have been deemed n [...]

  12. Nicki

    This was Hardy s first foray into novel writing, and while it isn t nearly as good as his later work, I don t think it was a false start as some suggest Hardy wrote his first novel to please publishers who wanted a story of sensation and he delivered Desperate Remedies is full of mystery, murder, and romance I found myself working to unravel plot threads and thinking that I had it all figured out, only to have Hardy surprise me with some missing piece of the puzzle.Beyond a work of sensation, De [...]

  13. Robert

    This is Hardy s first published novel and it displays a number of themes that became staples of his prose works an affair of the heart thwarted by circumstance, the effects of low social mobility, coincidence influencing the course of protagonists lives It does not bring social commentary to the fore front, however Instead the reader is propelled through the story by an urge to solve mysteries, one of which is not entirely cleared up until the final pages.It is interesting to contrast the heroin [...]

  14. Sylvester

    So interesting, to read Hardy s second attempt at a novel and first published work the difference between it and Jude the Obscure , his almost last novel, is remarkable Definitely on the sensational side I enjoyed it, but it lacked the depth of his other work For the sake of seeing how his writing developed, it s worth it it s an interesting story in it s own right But it did make me realize how much I love Hardy s descriptions of old country life and people, and his painstaking character buildi [...]

  15. Lena

    If this book was written today by a modern author I probably wouldn t like it.That s the magic of victorian literature.Hardy writes in a beautiful poetical way I liked much even though it was a little difficult to read especially if you weren t concentrated.The plot on the other hand wasn t anything innovative.At first it seemed promising due to the interesting character of Mrs Aldclyffe but unfortunately her character was vey vague.The character of Cytherea confused me a little.Again at the fi [...]

  16. Deborah Byrd

    What an interesting revelation, that authors of today s great literature also wrote pot boilers, presumably to survive, in their day This book is clearly written by the master s hand, but it has all the drama of a Danielle Steele novel Lust, murder, blackmail, bigamy and of course innocence Good story I had fun reading it.

  17. Sorcha

    Read as part of the local Hardy Readers book group, that is reading many of Hardy s published works, in order.This is the first book in the series.It starts with Cytherea and her brother Owen Their family back history is given short shrift the father falls in love, has a relationship, she leaves the implication being to have his child , and he then marries another woman and has two children Owen, and Cytherea, who was named after his first love.Both parents die, leaving little money and Owen bar [...]

  18. Joyce Yarrow

    It s not surprising that Thomas Hardy s books have a reputation for being depressing He does put his characters through intense trials and tribulations Which was why, as a new reader of his work, I opened Desperate Remedies with some trepidation To my delight, I found Hardy s portrayal of Cytherea Graye to be packed with realism, empathy and psychological insight although a bit melodramatic at times This was his first published novel definitely a good place for a first time reader to start.I esp [...]

  19. Martin Bihl

    as hard as it may be to believe, i ve never read any hardy except for one poem i had to write an essay about for a contest in college i didn t win but i m over it now ahem so i ve decided to read him but where to start how about at the beginning even though that means reading this convoluted effort that probably doesn t give me the best impression of his ability and style sure, why not because i know that i will read all of him or at least i will tell myself i will read all of him which is prett [...]

  20. Eesha Sajid

    even in the earliest stage of his career, Desperate remedies is very much a Hardy i don t know what else can i say since its a very non descript book, except perhaps that its very victorian it couldnt satisfy me in the way Hardy does in his own definition of satisfaction a simple plot line, a good insight to human nature, good and bleak aspects of the society then a complete classic if you do have a healthy appetite for classics go for it, otherwise, there is always another contemporary round th [...]

  21. Nicki Markus

    I have read most of Hardy s work, but had not yet tried this, his first offering I really enjoyed it from start to finish As the description suggests, there are hints of Wilkie Collins in the story line, but in the prose you can see glimpses of what will become Hardy s strong descriptive style The plot itself, while indeed sensational, is gripping and I was also keen to pick the book up again each night and see what would happen next.

  22. metaphor

    There is in us an unquenchable expectation, which at the gloomiest time persists in inferring that because we are ourselves, there must be a special future in store for us, though our nature and antecedents to the remotest particular have been common to thousands But what is Wisdom really A steady handling of any means to bring about any end necessary to happiness.

  23. Cheryl

    Abandoning this one after the half way mark A strange mix of writing styles that doesn t really work The pace is too slow for a Sensation novel, with the author straying from the plot to include introspection and descriptions of nature So glad Hardy found his own style in later novels, instead of trying to imitate Sensation writers Try his other novels and leave this one for last.

  24. Desiree Koh

    I m embarking on a Thomas Hardy project with Lookie whereby we are reading his canon from book number one, Desperate Remedies through the last, Jude the Obscure to trace the degeneration of the writer s views on Victorian society and fall into depression Of course, I ve read all Hardy s books several times, but never before in chronological order.

  25. Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)

    I know I read this, and I think I liked it, but I remember nothing about it Something of a potboiler, I think.

  26. Roman Kurys

    I have never read any of Hardy s famous novels There, with that out of the way, I can now share how I felt about Desperate Remedies without feeling like I m not appreciating what made Hardy a classic And I felt this book was ok A very solid story on all accounts Characters 3So, I feel reluctant to even say this, but it is the truth, so here it goes My favorite character in this story was its villain, Aeneas Manston I know, I m supposed to sympathize with Cytherea and her brother and their strug [...]

  27. Drew Graham

    Thus begins the Year of Hardy Last year I picked up The Return of the Native, but decided that since I always refer to Thomas Hardy as my favorite author, I should probably read of his work, which led to the decision to read his entire body of work novels at least in chronological order So I put down Native temporarily, and thus my research led to my discovery of this, Thomas Hardy s first published novel.After the death of Cytherea Graye s father, she and her brother Owen find themselves in an [...]

  28. Giornata_di_sole

    Il primo romanzo di Thomas Hardy, pubblicato nel 1871 In Estremi rimedi, appare, come luogo di eventi melodrammatici e di colpi di scena, un paesaggio rurale solo apparentemente pacifico Anzi, si potrebbe dire che proprio il quadretto marino, che tratteggia l idillio tra la bella Cytherea e il suo innamorato Edward, soli su una barca galeotta , rappresenti l unico momento di autentica serenit in un intreccio in cui non solo ogni accadimento carico di insidie per l eroina, ma al cui interno sembr [...]

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