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Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hardy
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 461 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847022189
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJDJC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good version of a sad book. 18 Oct 2011
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Jude the Obscure was first published in book form by Hardy in 1895, the last of his novels. It focuses on Jude and his dreams of becoming a scholar, and later his love affair with his cousin, Sue. It is an beautiful evocative and heart breaking tale that shall leave you feeling empty and hopeless when you first finish reading it. It can be seen as quite an autobiographical book for Hardy, with several of Jude's life events echoing his own.

While it is quite a depressing book, It is definately one worth reading. It was Hardy's most critised book, called Jude the Obscene, by one critic and covers a wide range of topics that would have been very risque at the time it was written, and even now, in modern times, can be quite upsetting and thought provoking to the reader.

The Kindle copy of this book was extremely good for its lack of price. While there were one or two errors, there was nothing that ruined or even interrupted my enjoyment of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tragedy to end all tragedies. 17 Jun 2012
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Jude Fawley has aspirations to enter into University at the town of Christminster and to this end, his old school teacher Mr. Phillotson gives him some old copies of Latin tracts to set him on his way to higher education. Jude's plans though to advance himself are thwarted by a scheming girl called Arabella and thinking him a good catch she finally gets Jude to marry her by telling him that she is pregnant. Of course it all comes out in the end that she has lied and they split up........she going to Australia and Jude going back to his old trade of being a Stone Mason until he can save up enough money to educate himself.

His cousin Sue lives in Christminster and for the century this book was written in, she is a very emancipated young lady. Jude meets her and they fall in love. So once again his plans to enter University are thwarted. There are weddings and divorces and then divorces and weddings again but neither state brings happiness to either Sue or Jude.

To cut a long story short and not to cause any spoilers for other would be readers them not marrying ends in tragedy for 4 young lives. One of whom is a child of Arabella's and Judes.

Jude has now given up the idea of entering University and at last re-marries Arabella whilst Sue re-marries her ex-husband.

I could have shaken the pair of their heads together for loving each other so well but never this, I refer to Jude and Sue.

This is a sad book full of aspirations and hopes that are never fulfilled but for all of that, it is a cracking good read. Thomas Hardy certainly knew how to tell a story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great book.... 18 May 2014
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A truly great book, but very depressing indeed. But, if you've read Thomas Hardy before, you'll know that already....

One of the Classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A typical Hardy story 6 July 2014
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This is a typical story of Wessex and it's inhabitants. Rather sadder than some, but nevertheless absorbing. Not so descriptive of the countryside as some of Hardy 's stories but overflowing with angst and emotion. Overall, an absorbing read for those who like the Hardy genre of writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 4 July 2014
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I struggled with it for a while, but came to understand the meaning behind it, and thought it may be a bold thing for him to write about at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 3 Jun 2014
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You just can't fault this great work. Jude strives for a better life, craving education and status in the world. As he enter manhood, he meets the unsavoury Arabella, and is duped into marrying her (the age old dilemma !) This relationship is a disaster and they soon part, leaving Jude to seek his fortunes in Christminster in his trade as stonemason, always dreaming of joining the learned classes.
Here he meets his cousin, and so starts the amazing life story of the relationship, sweet and sour between the two. This book is not all happy endings, but as any reader of Hardy knows, that's just how he likes it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sad 11 May 2014
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Just a truly sad story throughout about the restrictions of Victorian society and the insurmountable obstacles many were faced with in those days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So sad. 28 April 2014
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Rarely have a read a book that made me feel such sorrow for the characters and how life turned out; rather more realistic than some of the 'real life' stuff on TV. While the characters (sometimes) are their own worst enemy, readling between the lines it could only end in one way. I found it hard to read the section on the tragedy with the children as so will others but read the book and weep but also enjoy the prose, descriptions and characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Jude!
Just re-read this after many years; new verdict? Poor Jude, he means so well and then Life gets in the way!
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars In its day, this was shocking!
All this living in sin! These days, no-one turns a blind eye... but in Hardy's time, so truthfully revealed here, the reader would no doubt read it in brown paper wrappings! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fred Everett
4.0 out of 5 stars A sad tale but absorbing
This is a sad tale about Jude's life long struggle to fulfil his academic ambitions, but he is side-tracked by a soul mate and has a relationship outside marriage. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bunny
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic classic
Rediscovered Hardy recebtly. Studied at A-Level and never really loving it, I now adore the wonderful geographical discriptions, the romantic picture of rural life depicted by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Broomes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hardy classic
The Hardy novels should be on the curriculum of sixth form students. The language used is not difficult to understand as some people think.
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth D. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it and watch it.
I have wanted to read this book for years but had not got round to it. Having downloaded it for free, I thought it was time that I did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by inspired by words
4.0 out of 5 stars underestimated
Read through and enjoy but then read again and think, take in the obscure but very real compassionate view of the story teller, it tells us the story of all of us today
Published 6 months ago by twiz
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