Jude the Obscure
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.
Publish date: May 7th 2009
Publisher: Signet Classics
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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...