I've been following Tess's misfortunes whilst at work, and I've got to say, I didn't expect this book to be so utterly depressing! Having said that, I was in the mood for some 19th century romanticism, and this ticked most of those boxes for me. I just wish all the toil had been for something 😕
Now back to some cheerful dystopian fiction!
#classics #romance #currentlyreading #finished
Ugh Tess! I'm no expert on classics but I've read enough to say with some confidence that Tess must be the unluckiest woman in classic literature.
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This book broke my heart. The tragedy that is Angel and Tess far exceeds star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. I wasn‘t sure if I was going to enjoy this book when I first began to read it, having a vague idea of the premise. I am very glad that ventured on. This book is a classic for a reason.
1. Tess of the d'Urbervilles. The Bell Jar. His Dark Materials.
2. Leopard print fleecy pajama top. Summer has stalled in the UK.
3. I don't watch TV but I did have the misfortune to see every single episode of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom several times over during my daughter's recent obsession.
4. Dragons. Unicorns. Faeries.
Well, now. 😆😆 Which man from classic literature will YOU bang? 😆😆
I‘m still playing catch up for #lovehate 😳
My favorite star-crossed lovers are Tess and Angel. Poor Tess. 😥
Thomas Hardy is the real deal!
This book is amazing and awful at the same time. Amazing in that Hardy cuts to the heart of social hypocrisy and the double standards for men and women. Awful because of the time it is set in and how hard it was for women then. Thankfully, those days are gone and while the feminist movement hasn't finished yet, it's come a long, long way since the time Tess would have lived.
I always forget to review my books 😬😂
I read The Trumpet-Major and it was okay so I moved to this and I must say it was so much more compelling to me. It‘s depressing and sometimes moves slow as molasses but the core story was good.
I don‘t think it‘s for everyone but I enjoy a lot of classics and this was another to add to the list.
Catching up for #adventrecommends, I give you Tess. My introduction to Hardy 38 years ago, there‘s a lot of modern understanding about relationships and power balance between the sexes. And some fine writing. @emilyrose_x
I tried to read this when I was younger and just could not get into it. As an adult, I think I have a better appreciation for what Hardy was trying to express with this book. I did, however, have to keep reminding myself not to impose my modern-day sensibilities on the characters when I found myself getting angry at the actions of Tess, her parents, Angel Clare and Alec D'Uberville. 4 stars
“And there was revived in her the wretched sentiment which had often come to her before, that in inhabiting the fleshy tabernacle with which nature had endowed her she was somehow doing wrong.”
If only I could laugh at this outdated passage instead of cry at it‘s enduring gravitas...
At last, I've started reading this book, been looking for this like for months. It's of my top favourite writer.
Most of the people will admit that Hardy's a pessimist. But what I think is that the word pessimist sounds negative. He's more of a realist.
He writes in the simple language of philosophy with his often stinging irony; that life is never cruel by itself but it's our ignorance to reality which makes it difficult.
Loving this read😘
Astoundingly beautiful, but soooo sad. I found it a bit long-winded at times, but that‘s just Thomas Hardy for ya 😁 Thought provoking, scenic, poetic. It‘s also no surprise as to why this caused so much “pearl clutching” in the Victorian era.
Certainly not the most romantic of love stories, this was still the book that popped into my mind for today‘s prompt. Something about the love affair between Angel Clare and Tess really touched me when I read this book in college. Such a tragic story, and you just want them to overcome their own shortcomings to be together. 💔 #webelongtogether #heatofjuly
What are people‘s thoughts on annotating books? I‘ve been watching some YouTube videos on the topic and today bought a copy of the tagged book for 3 euro so I could give it a try. If anybody strongly pro- or anti- annotating has any thoughts they would be very much appreciated 😁 I love the idea of going back and seeing my thoughts and favourite parts, but of course, I‘m afraid to write in books 😱
I was out audiowalking today, how gorgeous are cherry blossom trees?! I‘ve started listening to Tess of the D‘Urbervilles, I‘ve not listened to a classic before as the language sometimes requires a lot of concentration I think and I can get a bit distracted whilst listening. I‘m kind of liking it so far but not totally sure yet. If you‘ve read it - I‘d be really interested to hear what you thought? 🎧🎧🎧
Playing around with Literature Map and I searched “Thomas Hardy” ... most of these make sense, I was nodding along, and I saw ... Carolyn Keene? “If you enjoyed Tess of the d‘Urbervilles, check out Nancy Drew!”
In fairness I do love a good Nancy Drew (and I remember being pretty crushed when I discovered that my “favorite author” wasn‘t an actual person). But it gives me a chuckle to see Carolyn Keene on such a list.
Look at the state of this thing. Inside every single centimetre of blank paper is covered with minute annotation. On the inner title page Tess is crossed out & replaced by my own name (I was THAT obsessed!) The cover is as floppy as fabric & sellotaped on. It got me through an A-Level exam and, 16 years later, an under-graduate essay. The pages are the colour of straw.
A treasured possession indeed.
Although I‘m enjoying this re-reading, I‘m afraid my book club will be in agony - thinking they are in English Class!! So many notes, appendixes, glossary, and long introduction! ( I told them to skip all that and just jump into the book)!! Interesting, this book tagged has a 25% liking, while another has >85%! #FriendsWithBooks