Overall I found this a very enjoyable read, with well-developed and believable characters and I particularly liked the anonymous character chapters and colloquial narrative. I liked how bits of background information were dropped in now and then to build up the bigger picture, so that all the information was passed along without the feeling of being sidelined from the story. I also liked how the novel kept me guessing until the end, but I found it a bit unsatisfying that there were so many unanswered questions. The disappearance of Sonny
I found this a really emotional read which had me in tears at certain points. As well as an enjoyable read I gained valuable information about a culture I previously knew nothing about. I think this book would appeal to all, portraying the journey of a brave young girl who faces many difficulties to ultimately find love and come out on top. I felt genuinely attached to the main character Sayuri due to the deep emotional involvement created by a narrative which speaks directly to the reader. If you have seen the film, don
I would definitely recommend reading this cleverly written novel which keeps the reader guessing throughout. The characters Henry and Clare are extremely well developed so that the reader feels a genuine connection with them, which is one of the reasons that I found the developing relationship very emotive. Don
On the whole I found this an enjoyable book, which is full of action and unpredictable plot twists. However, the heroine is distinctly unlikeable throughout and thus her reward at the end is undeserved and a disappointment. Gabriel Oak, the hero of the novel is everything to be expected, yet I lost respect for him as he continually pines after the selfish and vain Bathsheba who he ultimately marries. On a more positive note, Hardy's description of the countryside is magnificent and serves to bring the novel to life, whilst simultaneously creating a melancholy tone for the lost traditions of country life.