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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently read by Bron, 21 Aug 2003
This review is from: Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Audio CD)
I have to be honest. Though a great lover of all of Hardy's fiction, I wasn't a big fan of Eleanor Bron's. (Perhaps I remember too vidily her sneering character in Ken Russell's 'Women in Love'.)
But Bron's sensitive reading of this tragedy is a revelation which had me totally enveloped. Tess comes across as a pitiful, humbly righteous creature whose destiny seems inevitably gloomy almost from the first minute. The male parts (mainly D'Urbeville and Angel Clare) are equally well read and clearly differentiated.
Tess's silent suffering is the antithesis of today's modern, assertive woman, but is no less noble.
This reading lasts six full CDs, but I wished it were even longer. (I have previously bought a two-CD version, but that necessarily eliminates much of the subtlety of the book.)
If you're studying this novel for an exam, this is the ideal version to get well acquainted with the story.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2012 10:22:21 BDT
I so agree with you. her silent suffering is indeed an antithesis of todays modern woman. as a woman it is easy to identify with Tess. As it is easy to acknowledge there are men who exploit innocence, and there men hypotical enough to expect of women that which they can not do themselves. Shame she is driven by anger, pain and frustration to murder, you so want her to win out and be happy.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 10:22:49 BDT
I so agree with you. her silent suffering is indeed an antithesis of todays modern woman. as a woman it is easy to identify with Tess. As it is easy to acknowledge there are men who exploit innocence, and there men hypotical enough to expect of women that which they can not do themselves. Shame she is driven by anger, pain and frustration to murder, you so want her to win out and be happy.
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