Monday, July 13, 2009

Review: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Title: Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Author: Thomas Hardy
Genre: Tragedy/Fiction/Classic
Rating: 4/5

Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Where to start? Tess is a classic novel written by Thomas Hardy in 1891. The story is set in England where Tess Durbeyfield and her family are living a simple life, until one day her father discovers that they are of a noble name D'Urberville. Tess goes to live with the D'Urbervilles to help out and claim some of the benefits of this noble name. The son of the Mrs, D'Urberville, Alec, loves Tess. After some unfortunate events, Tess moves back home for a few years.

Tess finds that she can no longer just stay at home, so she finds herself working as a dairy maid and meets the love of her life, Angle Clare. They eventually get married but quickly stumble along quite a few road blocks.

I can not say anymore. You must read this book. It is full of love, turmoil, heartache, and surprise in ways you would never think. I loved this book. I have to admit that the words were a little difficult for me at first, as I was unfamiliar with English Classic Literature, but once you get in the groove, you cannot put this down. READ IT!!!


I apoligize for a somewhat lame review. I really have no idea how to review this book in a way that does it any justice. I promise you this will become a favorite if you just read it!~


Stephanie said...

Did you know that PBS made this into a mini-series a few months ago? You should really rent it - it was well done! Also, check out to hear some of the book being read.

Anonymous said...

I'm laughing with you just a bit - maybe you are just out of reviewing practice! did it take that long to read this book!? I've had a secret with to tackle this and even checked it out of the library once and never opened it. I so hate long books! What is wrong with me. WELCOME BACK!

Care said...

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Trish said...

So glad to see you pop up in the booking world my dear. I LOVE Tess, but like you I really struggled with the language a bit. I think Hardy's descriptions are absolutely gorgeous, but it didn't make for an easy read. I loved everything about this book except for the end at Stonehenge. What the heck happened there? :)

Charley said...

This book is on my list, although after watching the Masterpiece production of it a few months ago, I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle it yet.

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