Tess of the D'Urbervilles
When Tess D'urbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. Angel Clare, seems to offer her love, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. This is... show more
When Tess D'urbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. Angel Clare, seems to offer her love, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. This is one of the most poetic of Hardy's novels.
Publish date: January 13th 1994
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 508
Edition language: English
I'm pretty sure I read this back when I was living in London and had hour-long commutes, which gave me time for reading long books. The only thing I remembered was that Tess had some hardships and spent time one winter digging "Swedes" (Swedish turnips; actually, rutabaga) out of the frozen ground. ...
2014: ...What? (2 stars)2016: I remember the first time I finished this book, in bed in my college dorm room with my mouth hanging open from the moment Tess declared "I have killed him!" A second reading really was necessary to process.I think I care more for Tess than I usually care about character...
Those crazy brits! Not too bad of a story. You see one end coming,her getting back with Angel, but the twist ending surely ruffled some feathers back in the 1800s.
SpolersSometimes a book out of my past comes singing to me, and I know that the time to reread it is now, although I invariably don't know why. That does not happen very often and I have always known that I will reread Tess. I first read Tess twenty years ago and it began a love affair for me with...
** spoiler alert ** Spoilers be nigh. I read this in high school (sort of), which may explain why I hated it so passionately. I think the only thing I ever read in school that I didn't hate with a passion was Romeo and Juliet (and I was apparently very lucky about that – I understand school usually...