Tess of the d'Urbervilles--Thomas Hardy

July 6, 2010

Genre: Victorian, Tragic
 
Date of First Publication: 1891

Published in Penguin Classics:  1998

Publisher: Penguin Classics

One Word Review: Amazing

First Line: "On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor."

Synopsis: Tess Durbeyfield is a hard-working, lively girl who's family lives in a rural town and is very much destitute. Upon learning that their family is a part of a long lineage of  the well known d'Urbervilles, Tess is sent to visit her "relatives" the d'Urbervilles for money--and a possible marriage. However, what Tess and her family don't realize, is that these supposed relatives aren't really related. to them at all. Their only connection to each other is by their name. After meeting the d'Urbervilles, Tess is hired to work for them. While working for her relatives, Tess becomes the object of a certain man's affection--Alec d'Urberville. Tess becomes entangles with Alec's smooth and charming ways and ultimately looses her innocence when she is raped. Not only is she rapes, but much like a domino effect, Tess's life begins to change forever.  The innocent and naive  girl she once was, was now forever changed by the hardships and experiences of life. 

Emily’s Review: Loved it! It was nothing like I had ever read before. It was very memorizing. The writing style of Hardy is breathtaking and gripping. Hardy portrayed Tess to be quiet a unique and strangely attractive character. It is hard not to find yourself gripping the edges of the book as you  move deeper into the story.  I enjoyed the suspenseful twists and the love/hate relationship between Alec and Tess.  It was romantic and  yet at the same time, very dark and mysterious. Tess is a fun and unique heroine. She is strong , independent and has fiery temper. In the book, Tess experiences a bout of unfortunate events that serve to change her life drastically. One minute she's dancing on the green wearing a white gown, an the next minute she's a rape victim, seduced by the very attractive and magical Alec d'Urberville.
I don't want to spoil the dramatic and tragic twist at the end, so I'll leave you to guess the mysteries that this book holds. Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a wonderful read and a great classic book to add to anyone's collection.The story unfolded smoothly, it was well paced, and full of surprises. Hardy was able to incorporate the ruff and rustic parts of England, the living conditions, and the social standings of the time period to make a fantastic and gripping read!

DancingRainBook Rating: 5

9 comments

  1. Hey there...
    I'm following so I can enter the giveaway and because your blog is awesome! :) (I'm commenting here because I can't seem to be able to view the giveaway post...)

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  2. Hey there...
    I'm following so I can enter the giveaway and because your blog is awesome! :) (I'm commenting here because I can't seem to be able to view the giveaway post...)

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  3. I put the giveaway button in my sidebar...

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  4. Thanks for the book review! I enjoyed reading it. :-)


    Blessings,
    Maggie
    www.foreverfindingmybliss.blogspot.com

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  5. Lovely review! I would love to enter your giveaway, but Nana from the boutique window is already designing my blog. Otherwise, I would be all over it!!

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  6. never read that book, but it looks interesting! I wanted to ask you to please enter my follower fest - I need at least 35 followers by the end of July if I am going to do a blog party. If I get more than 35 followers, then I will have a giveaway! Please post about it and tell your followers!
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  7. Oh no! A tragic story?? They always make me cry, (Even though I like crying) Why is it that tragic stories always touch people more than happy ones?
    Amazing. Hmm.....I'll think about reading it! Thanks!

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  8. Aguinaldo Mendes da SilvaAugust 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I just can't put the book down, I love it !

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  9. Hi Sillva-

    I am so glad you like to book! I love it, too. Thomas Hardy as such an eloquent way with words. So addicting. :D

    Em

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