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Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891)

by Thomas Hardy

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    alaudacorax: At the moment, I think this is the finest of Hardy's novels - if you've read and liked any of the others I'm sure you'll like this. If you've been turned-off by the grimness of some of his others - Tess ..., for instance - you might well find this more palatable.… (more)
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    Johanna11: Both books write about people with expectations for their future, both are very well written at the end of the nineteenth century.
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    Lapsus_Linguae: Both novels depict an attractive young woman who becomes an outcast because of society's sexual mores.
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    Heather39: Both books tell the story of a young, working class woman who enters into a relationship with a gentleman, eventually to her downfall.
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    edwinbcn: Written by a woman, "The Quarry Wood" explores the awakening sexuality and awareness of the young Martha. More outspoken than Thomas Hardy, but not yet as free as D.H. Lawrence.
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    lucyknows: Muriel's Wedding could be paired with Tess of the D'Urbervilles as well as several other novels, such as, My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and even with Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing
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This story is so tragically beautiful- about the strength and limits of love. One of my all-time favorites. So much happens to innocent Tess, yet she never loses her strength or resolve to carry on. ( )
  liannecollins | Apr 18, 2019 |
This classic is hitting many uncomfortable issues which most are still taboo in this time and age. Such as how Tess is taken advantage of and then blamed by her perpetrator for being beautiful and simply "leaving him helpless to keep himself back". Because she is not a "pure lady" as the love of her life assumed she was, she is isolated and punished to deal with life's challenges. What I like is, despite the betrayal from her loved ones or the ones that claim to love her, she finds her unstoppable strength and loud voice towards the end of the book.

The book is full of symbolism and self-destroying characters who can't change their weaknesses: Tess's parents with their pursuit of money and royalty and Alec's obsession and sexual desire towards Tess....

Writer's description of the Wessex country is perfect. You- as a reader - are in that climate and climate changes and evolves with the characters.

Considering the time this novel is written, it is groundbreaking and surely received a harsh criticism and censorship. Today though, we can appreciate Hardy's genius pen and courage. ( )
1 vote soontobefree | Jan 10, 2019 |
Young dairymaid Tess Durbeyfield goes to work for a supposed cousin when her father learns that their family roots go back to the noble D’Urberville family. The degenerate son of the upstart modern D’Urbervilles rapes her. Some time later, she finds both work and love elsewhere, but can she truly move on from her past trauma?

I knew from the start that this was going to be a downer, and yes, it turned out to be just as depressing as expected. I kept hoping for a happy ending for Tess, and it so nearly could have been. I got pretty irritated at Angel Clare, let me tell you. I can see how this work gained its classic status; the writing is lovely in spots (strewn with classical allusions that I didn’t always take the time to grasp, though) and the plot fairly compelling. Not one I’ll read again, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. ( )
  foggidawn | Oct 2, 2018 |
Hardy's sense of place -
"...surprised and delighted to behold, extended like a map beneath him, a country differing absolutely from that which he had passed through" -
and development of characters excel, but the plot and the recriminatings of Tess simply drag on for too long.

Deciding to tell Angel about her deceit after their marriage felt false and deciding to murder Alec after she willingly joined him
was untrue to her character. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 1, 2018 |
Old language makes this hard to enjoy . Trying to appreciate English composition . Parent's pimp out daughter for money based on a claim of nobility . Moving words ( )
  jenniebooks | Jun 19, 2018 |
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Daring in its treatment of conventional ideas, pathetic in its sadness, and profoundly stirring by its tragic power. The very title, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman", is a challenge to convention.

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Hardy, ThomasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alvarez, A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dolin, TimEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Firth, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galef, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Higonnet, Margaret R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horton, TimEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irwin, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joshua, ShirleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Skilton, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stubbs, ImogenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorne, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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'...Poor wounded name! My bosom as a bed
Shall lodge thee.',
—W. Shakespeare [Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 1, Scene 2, 111/12] & should read:
'Poor wounded name: My bosom as a bed
Shall lodge thee...',
[Riverside Shakespeare (1997)].
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On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor.
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In order to step out of family poverty, Tess attempts to find her ancient relations, the d'Urbervilles. Unfortunately, she is taken advantage of by a man which causes her even more strife throughout the rest of her life. She is forced into a moral delimma when she truly falls in love with another man due to her previous circumstances. More conflicted than ever, Tess is able to eventually become a strong woman who makes choices for herself instead of what the society tells her is right. This book was some what a hard book for me to get through because some parts of it seem very dry, but overall the story line is interesting.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439599, Paperback)

The chance discovery by a young peasant woman that she is a descendant of the noble family of d'Urbervilles is to change the course of her life. Tess Durbeyfield leaves home on the first of her fateful journeys, and meets the ruthless Alec d'Urberville. Thomas Hardy's impassioned story tells of hope and disappointment, rejection and enduring love.

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"When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels. Based on the three-volume first edition that shocked readers when first published in 1891, this edition includes as appendices: Hardy's Prefaces, the Landscapes of Tess, episodes originally censored from the Graphic periodical version and a selection of the Graphic illustrations."--Back cover.… (more)

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