Saturday, August 4, 2012

How much fun would Thomas Hardy be at a party?

         I have recently become obsessed with Thomas Hardy novels....Tess of the D', Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Castorbridge.   But, now that I am familiar with his writing style, I know immediately upon being introduced to each character, that things will end badly..for everyone.  When he shares the characters innermost desires, you know that they will not only NOT achieve them, but will watch them crash in flames in an excrutiating way.  It makes me wonder what Thomas Hardy would be like at a party.  Would he flip his drink over in your plate after hearing you state when dinner is served, "Oh, I've always wanted to try that!"?  When discussing a movie that you are very excited about seeing, would he tell you the ending- loud enough for all in the room to hear, ruining their movie experience as well?  Would he explain the choking hazards of each snack, then watch you intently as you over-chew it?  The man must have had his hopes dashed over and over to have used that as the engine that runs his plots so effectively.  My fantasy dinner party with Thomas Hardy would  include Cormac McCarthy, John Steinbeck and Dostoevsky, as they, too, beautifully weave a tale of doom, while making you want more!  What do you think, readers of Hardy?

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