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Jude the Obscure (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 3 Jan 1998

4.2 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (3 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192833790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192833792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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"Excellent text, appropriate aids (intro, notes), and an incredible price. This is an impressive bargain."--Robert Beckett, Southwest Missouri State University"Ingham's introduction, editing, and explanatory notes are unusually balanced, sound, and helpful in understanding this pivotal Victorian novel."--Frances Mayhew Rippy, Ball State University

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A brooding tragedy which scandalised Hardy's contemporaries on first publication --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The book itself is a great victorian novel, differs greatly to the classics such as great expectations and pride and prejudice. Don't want to give away any of the story.
To all students- If you are buying this for educational purposes I wouldn't recommend this as it has much less critical material than other publishers such as Norton.
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I don't particularly like this book but the rating was received for its publishing. It is very difficult to find the chapters as they have each been separated into mini sections. However that is not the problem, the new chapters begin in line with the text, it is hard to figure when the new chapter starts. If you want to read the book, buy a different copy of it.
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Good.
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Lovely edition of an old favourite.
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Very poor condition
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The plot has been so much rehearsed and summarised that I do not think there is a requirement to repeat this once more. So, just a few thoughts on the novel. I have read much Hardy over the years, though hitherto had not got around to this – possibly somewhat put off by its reputation for unremitting gloom.
It is a well written and powerful story. For late nineteenth century, certainly candid in its discussion of society’s stultifying sexuality and matrimonial arrangements, thus its reputation when first published as considered, by some, to be an immoral work. The four main characters – Jude Fawley, Sue Bridehead, Phillotson and Arabella all have a combination of frustrating and sympathy-inducing characteristics; there are no real unreconstructed evil monsters in the quartet, and even though Arabella is a selfish and cunning minx, the reader does not feel entirely lacking in empathy with her and the situations she finds herself in.
The overall theme is very much the typical Hardy one whereby characters are battered around by force of circumstance and the utter unpredictability of nature and the universe. There is little they can do about it, except struggle to do they best they can and accept that there is no overall plan to life and no directing deity to provide a rationale or strategy for the suffering that poor folk in the late nineteenth century Wessex experienced.
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When I received this book for Christmas last year, I looked at it and wondered if I would ever read it. Fortunately, I decided to about a month ago and did not regret it. It was a real hard-hitting read;don't be fooled by the blurb which sort of suggests it is a romantic sweet book as it is more powerful than that. It was one of few books that I can honestly say, when finished, left me with a shocked almost sad look on my face(and thats saying something as Iam an avid reader and not much hits me that much). The ending is completely unexpected which keeps you hooked. I highly recommend it.
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In the postscript to the preface of Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy quotes a German reviewer of the novel. Sue Bridehead, the heroine, was described there as "the first delineation in fiction of the woman ... of the feminist movement - the slight pale `bachelor' girl - the intellectualised, emancipated bundle of nerves" that modern conditions were producing. The book's reception `cured' Hardy of the desire to write another novel, and all of the above happened before the dawn of the twentieth century.

Jude The Obscure is a novel about relationships within marriage. Hardy's opinion was that legal ties between men and women ought to be breakable once the union had achieved dysfunction. It was an opinion that differed from that expected by the age. It prompted a bishop to burn the book, rather than the writer, who was unavailable at the time.

Thomas Hardy's Jude Fawley was adopted into a baker's family, and harboured an ambition to self-teach himself into a classical education in Christminster's learned colleges. His schoolmaster, Mr Phillotson helped a little. Jude's ambition was always somewhat far fetched, though he applied himself diligently to his studies and achieved a great deal. In his formative years, he also learned the stonemason's trade to allow the earning of a living. On a country walk he then took up with Arabella, the daughter of a pig farmer. Having found himself stuck, he tried to learn how to stick real pigs but somehow the penetration never came easy. The couple parted, apparently childless.

Sue, Jude's cousin and thus a co-member of a family reputed for its marital failures, was always a soul mate for the young man. But she never quite seemed up to the task of giving herself, giving of her self.
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