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Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy, Jay Parini, William Deresiewicz
Jude the Obscure
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Jude Fawley is a bright but impoverished stonemason who aspires to attend university and become a scholar. H is failure to fulfill the expectations of the two women he loves points to his final tragedy. Concerned with the destructive conventions of marriage and the English class system, Jude the... show more
Jude Fawley is a bright but impoverished stonemason who aspires to attend university and become a scholar. H is failure to fulfill the expectations of the two women he loves points to his final tragedy. Concerned with the destructive conventions of marriage and the English class system, Jude the Obscure is a raging indictment of Victorian society; the censure of this insightful book was almost without precedent in the history of English literature.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780451531339 (0451531337)
Publisher: Signet Classics
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Book Ramblings
Book Ramblings rated it
5.0 Jude the Obscure
“Hey Jude, don't be afraidYou were made to go out and get herThe minute you let her under your skinThen you begin to make it better” I would caution anyone against taking romantic advice from Sir Paul McCartney, splendid music legend that he is. This is especially true for a Thomas Hardy protagonist...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.0 Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure has a (deserved) reputation as a difficult, anti-marriage novel. Like all of the other Hardy novels I've read, lives spin out of control and no one finds happiness. Jude's sin, as I saw it, was that he wanted what he couldn't have. As a child, Jude built up a dream to be a scholar i...
Thalia @ Pictures in the Words
Thalia @ Pictures in the Words rated it
3.0 Jude the Obscure (Review)
It’s taken me a long time to review this book, considering when I finished it, simply because I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. It definitely had its ups and downs, and there are really disturbing moments that made me question if I liked this book at all. While it was mostly well written an...
aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
4.0 Stuck in the Wrong Century
Jude is an enigma to me. For all his radical ideals and lofty aspirations he is tragically under the influence of the two women in his life. He is twice tricked into marriage by one of them and willingly submits to the tempestuous cravings of the other because he views her as his soulmate and true w...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
I thought this novel was really well written, but did make for dense reading in parts. I was stunned at how dark the plot turned out to be - with the unhappy marriages, incest, childhood depression, class struggles... there seemed to be only glimpses of sunshine in Jude's life but I think that's wha...
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