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Hardy described Desperate Remedies as a tale of 'mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity'. 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. 100 must-read classic books, as chosen by our readers.

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Desperate Remedies book. Paperback, Penguin Classics, 512 pages. Published August 1st 1998 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1871).

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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. In his writing, he immortalized the site of his birth-Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester. Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school.

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Desperate Remedies is the second novel by Thomas Hardy, albeit the first to be published. It was released anonymously by Tinsley Brothers in 1871. In Desperate Remedies a young woman, Cytherea Graye, is forced by poverty to accept a post as lady's maid to the eccentric Miss Aldclyffe, the woman whom her father had loved but had been unable to marry

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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, 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 more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more 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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Unereel
Murder! Adultery! False Brides! Fire! Romance! Mystery! Spooky old homes! A mean villain! A beautiful young woman caught up in a spider's web of intrigue! And that is just for starters! Wow! Thomas Hardy published this early novel of his in 1871. He was still a bachelor and had not decided whether to pursue his architectural career or devote his attentions to fiction or poetry. This sensational novel written in the style of Wilkie Collins and Ann Braddon launched him on his meteoric career to the very pinnacle of Victorian literary fame. Ahead were such great works as The Return of the Native, Tess of the D"Urbervilles, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders and many others.
As a fan of Hardy for all of my long life I had not yet read Desperate Remedies and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this long novel.
The heroine is the fetching Cytherea Graye (Cytherea is another name for Venus the goddess of love in Greek mythology). She and her brother Owen are orphaned when their architect father falls from a building where he was plying his architectural trade. She becomes a companion of the wealthy Miss Aldyclyffe at Knapwater House a large Wessex estate. She has fallen in loved with Edward Springrove who is an architect and whose father is employed by Miss Aldyclyffe,. She learns he is engaged to be married to his cousin Adelaide. She still loves him! A mysterious man named Aeneas Manston arrives on the scene serving as the land manager for the estate. He is already married but is in love with Cytherea whom he hopes to marry. The complications and the plot is complicated and Hardy's use of irony is evident. The author is also adept at humor as evinced in his rural characters who serve as a comic foil to the main plot. Hardy is expert at his ability to draw female characters and his insights into human romantic love are profound. His style is poetic and his descriptions of nature are beautiful. This is a fine novel and show the promise of a great novelist Hardy later fulfilled so well. The Penguin edition footnotes, introductions, glossary, map and history of the publication history of the novel took me over two hours to read. The Penguin edition is the best one on the market! Enjoy!
Ynye
What's not to love about Thomas Hardy? This is a classic Hardy saga--filled with all the soap-opera drama of Victorian Era literature.
Steelraven
This is one Hardy book that I hadn't read before and surprise! It turned out well. This would make just as good a movie as Tess or Madding Crowd
Balhala
I was glad to find this here. I thought I had all of Thomas Hardy's.
Very good story of Love, Intrigue, Violence etc. All of the elements
are here.
Wymefw
Who am I to review Thomas Hardy? I have read almost all of his novels and this was one I had not read. It was so confusing and really got boring during the last third of the book.
Endieyab
Desperate Remedies, Thomas Hardy's first novel is rarely reprinted. Its neglect is due largely to the fact that it is clearly in the nature of a Victorian sensation novel which nowadays would be described as genre fiction. It was originally published anonymously in 1871 which is coincidentally the year the greatest sensation novel of them all, The Woman in White, appeared as a stage play in London. The public appetite for such stories could hardly have been stronger.

There is nevertheless the clear signature style of the writer who will create the later novels. Carriford village is as well rounded as anywhere in Hardy's Wessex and the novel is never livelier than when we are in the company of the villagers. Hardy was quite prepared to have the novel republished in 1889 and included in his collected works, revised only as to the place names to align them with the other stories. He was aware that themes begun here, stylistic and thematic, develop in the later novels.

Nevertheless the only real and fair way to assess this novel is in comparison with other novels of the same type or genre. The sensation novel is by definition a story that seeks to produce an emotional response, generally alarm or fear for the protagonist. The setting is usually ordinary Victorian Society - unlike the gothic novel - in the sense of this could happen to you. In this it shares features with the modern horror novel which many practitioners define in the way the writing seeks to achieve a feeling of fear. As many modern writers who achieve this would say they are not horror writers, so Victorian writers - notably Sheridan Le Fanu - would deny that they were sensation novelists as they did not regard the genre label as a compliment.

The novels of Sheridan Le Fanu however provide as good a template as any for the sensation novel. The heroine, for invariably it is a she, becomes the subject of the scheming of an evil individual who is not as he appears to be. There are usually many twists and one big one - like popular modern films. To give a simple example from Le Fanu's novels - used more than once - a lengthy ride is taken in a covered coach which unbeknownst to the passenger takes her right back to where she started from. There is always a twist with regard to someone's identity. All these developments keep ratcheting up the sense of unease.

With regard to the supernatural many incidents at first appear to be such but later events usually - but not always - disclose these to be natural phenomena. These incidents usually take place in old country houses. The best example of these is the attempted murder of Alice Maybell in the chapter "Through the Wall" in Le Fanu's The Wyvern Mystery. Hardy gives his heroine, Cytherea Gray three such experiences, one of which is telegraphed with her pondering, "...that this my last night in Knapwater House should be disturbed precisely as my first night was."

Despite the absence of any clear supernatural phenomena there is nevertheless a sense of a divine hand behind what occurs. In the end good triumphs over evil, justice is served and lovers united. As Cytherea Gray muses, "Is it the intention of Fate that something connected with these noises shall influence my future as in the last case of the kind?"

However this is Thomas Hardy whose later writings give us a very harsh and realistic view of how life turns out gives it to Mrs Crickett to tell us how things really are.

Mrs Leat says, "I trust Providence will settle it for the best, as He always does."

Mrs Crickett replies, "Good people like you may say so, but I have always found Providence a different sort of feller."

Whatever happens in this life, however much the wicked prosper, damnation awaits them in the end. As a labourer tells the villain Aeneas Manston concerning the fate of his wife, "She's a cinder as thou'lt be some day." - which is just the kind of remark you would find in a Le Fanu novel.

Indeed at the denouement 1 Kings 21:20 is quoted to the effect that the evil doer has been found precisely because he has given himself up to evil.

The dilemmas the two Cytherea's face are entirely the result of the moral and social expectations constraining women at the time. Cytherea Gray is prevented from marrying her true love Edward Springrove because there is a suspicion that she has already had sexual relations with Manston before she discovered that he is a bigamist. She has not actually done so as Springrove got there in time, but the suspicion is sufficient to lead Cytherea to believe that she must remain a celibate spinster living with her brother Owen for the rest of her life.

Springrove's hunt for the couple around the hotels of Southampton cannot fail to remind the modern reader of Angel's hunt for Tess in the hotels of Sandbourne. That of course turns out very differently. The full length novel of Tess of the D'Urbervilles appears in 1891, 20 years after Desperate Remedies. The themes are the same. Women are taken advantage of and then prevented from being with their true love. In Desperate Remedies the women accept it. It is the steps Tess is prepared to take that creates the scandal. Murder, depravity and sexual scandal are no problem as subject matter for novels of the time, but as with much popular horror writing evil must be punished and good rewarded. Life however is seldom this simple.

"Yes my duty to society," she murmured. "But ah, Owen, it is difficult to adjust our outer and inner life with perfect honesty to all!"

This is given pictorial expression in nature in the second uncanny experience when Cytherea Gray sees trees bent, "so far out of their true positions without breaking" by the weight of ice as she has been distorted from her true internal self by the force of circumstance. Again the modern reader is reminded of the symbolic end of Tess who is captured at Stonehenge and "Justice" is served.

Hardy was clearly not ashamed of this book. He describes it as being written at a time when he was "feeling his way to a method." It is not possible therefore to ignore the part the sensation novel played in the genesis of the later novels, features of which clearly recur. Indeed it is difficult to see how the reading public would have been able to accept at all novels dissecting the extreme moral issues Hardy's novels raise, if it had not been acclimatised to such "depravity" by a regular diet of sensation novels.
Desperate Remedies (Penguin Classics) download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Mary Rimmer,Thomas Hardy
ISBN: 0140435239
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (August 1, 1998)
Pages: 512 pages