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Tess of the d'Urbervilles Kindle Edition
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The tale is set in a time that has all but disappeared now. The customs and relationship rules that govern that time bear little relationship to today. But realising this transports you back to that time. In itself, although this dates the book, it is informative in this respect and is, as most books strive to be, escapism. Perhaps not what Hardy imagined, but as this book was written in 1891, when this way of life was even then disappearing, perhaps so.
As for the story and how would a modern reader take to it. Well the prose is certainly not what would appear in a modern book, but it isn't that far removed so as to make reading difficult. In fact, despite the style being old by today's standards, it's difference compared with modern works makes it paradoxically novel and serves to create more interest with the reader. In essence though, this is a love story and, as with all love stories, the ups and downs of the central character and her love interest are of course central to the plot and central to keeping the reader entertained. Which they do admirably.
This book is, without doubt a masterpiece of storytelling. Whilst it certainly has historical interest, it is as a novel that this book stands or falls. For sure, it's the former. If you read any Hardy or his contemporaries whilst at school and decide to revisit some of those works, then this just may be the book for you. A good book, however old, is a good book.
I feel sorry for anyone compelled to read this as a set book - at least I had the chance to stop reading at anytime. Perhaps Hardy is one of those authors whose work I enjoy more as films or TV adaptations.
For people who have never read it and for people who had to read it at school perhaps they should read it again for shear enjoyment.
The description of country life from a bygone time is full of intense hardship with a certain nobility in labour. There is a wonderful sense of tension that stays with you all the way through this tragic story.
It really is worth every star.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable classic. This was the free kindle book and audio of the month, so I downloaded it. Not the kind of book/ audio that I would normally download, but glad for the free... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ms. Lauren M. Bevan
A classic English literature novel. A young Victorian girl, is raped by Alec d'urberville, creating the first misfortune of her life.Published 1 month ago by Aimee Smoothy
First time ever reading of this great classic. What an emotional rollercoaster. Wonderful! I couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by wendy el heni
I love Hardy's use of language. It's very old fashioned but I found it easy to submerge myself in the text. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. D. S. Ruston