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Tess of the d'Urbervilles by [Hardy, Thomas]
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THE STORY is well known, but listening to an unabridged reading will always illuminate fresh themes and details. It also highlights the range of Hardy's writing, which can move from the 'opalised light of the moon' in heavenscapes, through sweeping landscapes down to a single dewdrop. Anna Bentinck conveys superbly Hardy's nuances of tone from the locals' country accents to Angel Clare's fastidious correctness. D'Urberville sounds kindly rather than just a wheedling cad which gives the listener deeper understanding and sympathy for Tess's predicament. --Rachel Redford, The Oldie

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Dorchester, Dorset. He enrolled as a student in King s College, London, but never felt at ease there, seeing himself as socially inferior. This preoccupation with society, particularly the declining rural society, featured heavily in Hardy s novels, with many of his stories set in the fictional county of Wessex. Since his death in 1928, Hardy has been recognised as a significant poet, influencing The Movement poets in the 1950s and 1960s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619492725
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084B0CKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 250 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Tess is one of my favourite characters in the whole world. If ever I have to cycle home in the rain, or I feel sorry for myself I just think of Tess harvesting turnips or walking 15 miles and then having her shoes stolen. Hardship and unfairness don't begin to describe her treatment. Tess is an inspiration and in writing about her, Hardy trumpeted the incredible abuse of women in our society at that time. We would do well to bear in mind that even in this day and age, plenty of societies in the world would be prepared to stone women who are equally as unfortunate and essentially as innocent as Tess.
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To write a review of a Thomas Hardy novel is to walk in the steps of far more learned and insightful people than me. So I shall restrict my review to how this story stands the test of time and whether a modern reader would enjoy it.

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.
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Tess Derbyfield, persuaded by her father to claim kinship with the d'Urbervilles, following a discovery by the local parson, meets her cousin , Alex. Alex takes advantage of he youth an innocence in a way that ruins her life. Read becomes a farm worker. She marries the son of a curate, and being an honest soul, finally succeeds in telling her husband about her past, as he had confessed his inappropriate actions to her. He goes to Brazil, potentially to commence farming over there and falls I'll. Meanwhile Alex re-appears as a preacher. Sees Tess and wears her down telling her her husband will not be back now. Her husband, Angel returns, seeing the error of his ways. Meanwhile knowing how Alex has persuaded her to live with him and deceived her again, kills him. Together Angel and Tess run and hide . In a dramatic scene at Stonfehenge Tess gives upsets he loses her Lite to 'justice' after making A gel promise to marry her sister
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After years of not getting round to it, I have finally read this novel. And what a tragedy! This is one of the saddest 19th Century novels out there. Most people will know the story of Tess D'urberville, but I believe you need to read the novel to really feel the story. I'll admit, sometimes the detailed descriptions of nature are hard work, but overall this is a gem.
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I heard someone on the radio saying how highly they rated the book so thought I should read it (for the first time). As a description of rural England it is very good. As a story it is very depressing. Tess in many ways was unfortunate as she appeared to have received no sex education from her mother (and surprisingly had not worked out how nature worked even though surrounded by animals) so left home as a girl, was seduced and returned home as a "fallen woman". Her fortunes throughout the story go up and down and end in disaster.

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.
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Thomas Hardy at his very best.
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.
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I feel so honoured to be writing a review, for a work, by Thomas Hardy. No one can disagree that the story is incredible, I am still reading it on my Kindle, of course I have read it many times and it is always an opportunity to slip back to other times when values were so harsh, clear and lacking in sentiment but Hardy shares an excellently written story with us all. Thank you.
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