- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,168,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jude the Obscure (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 3 Jan 1998
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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
A brooding tragedy which scandalised Hardy's contemporaries on first publication --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this, another great insight of a past life in a country district, I could smell the air. There's a rose called Jude The Obscure, now I understand it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justme
So good to read a book written with sincere words and thoughts, no modern nonsense that fills most reading rubbish that is kill,sex,swearing screaming and utter stupidity. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Annmarie marlow
The sublime and the ridiculous.
Jude as a boy dreaming of the Spires of Christminster as he sits atop a barn in the late evening sky and later standing outside the... Read more