Possibly one of the worst things I've ever read. It almost beats Tess of the D'Urbervilles to the bottom. I only liked two of the host of characters and the constant drivel about sheep and farming almost sent me to sleep. I did, however, manage to finish it. And the ending was abrupt and rather stupid, I'm sorry to say. I know it's regarded as a classic, but it just seemed a little ridiculous and utterly pointless to me.