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Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Author: Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy — Tess of the d'Urbervilles — Etched against the background of a dying rural society, Tess of the      d'Urbervilles was Thomas Hardy's "bestseller," and Tess Durbeyfield remains his most striking and tragic heroine. Of all the characters he created, she meant the most to him. Hopelessly torn between two ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780001046818
ISBN-10: 0001046810
Publication Date: 3/1/2000
Edition: Abridged
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Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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This novel, although classic, did not move me as many other classics do. Several factors contributed to this, including a violation by a blood relative at the beginning of the novel, overly descriptive language describing the land, and the utter helplessness of the heroine. She is completely unable to stand up for herself. A reader will roll his or her eyes many times at Tess's attempt at self-futility, most pointedly during the scene where her husband reacts to her "secret." Some say her final act in this book makes up for the weakness she exhibits throughout, but for me, I didn't think so. Only recommended if you've got a misogynistic streak.
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