As Victorian novels go, The Mayor of Casterbridge is pretty readable. It's "only" 320 pages in our edition. (That may sound like a lot, but take a look at Middlemarch by George Eliot or Bleak House by Charles Dickens. They're over 800 pages!) That said, there are still a lot of difficult and complex ideas in this novel, and because it was written over a hundred years ago, some of the vocabulary might be difficult for modern readers.