A Pair of Blue Eyes was Thomas Hardy's third published novel. Written in 1873 it was autobiographical and the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy's first wife Emma Gifford. The novel tells the tail of a the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart, her mind and the expectations of those around her - her parents and society. Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
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A Hardy novel which deserves wider recognition
Yes by Thomas Hardy and no, I would not try another book narrated by Peter Wickham.
Elfrida as she's delineated with sympathy, depth and care.
Although his diction is clear - almost over-pronounced, his manner is arch and affected. His voice for Elfrida was simpering and fussy, his rural Dorset accent was terrible; it ended up as something from the American deep south.
The book would make a dramatic movie or TV series. Heaven knows who the stars would be....!
I just love the sense of landscape in Hardy's novels. He is always strong on plot.
- Kate Hunloke