Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Paperback - 2006
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Powerful and controversial from its 1895 publication to the present, Jude the Obscure scandalized Victorian critics, who condemned it as decadent, indecent, and degenerate. Between its frank portrayals of sexuality and its indictments of marriage, religion, and England's class system, the novel offended a broad swath of readers. Its heated reception led the embittered author to renounce fiction, turning his considerable talents ever afterward to writing poetry.
Hardy's last novel depicts a changing world, where a poor stonemason can aspire to a university education and a higher place in society -- but where in reality such dreams remain unattainable. Thwarted at every turn, Jude Hawley abandons his hopes, is trapped into an unwise marriage, and pursues a doomed relationship with his free-spirited cousin, Sue Bridehead. The lovers find themselves equally incapable of living within the conventions of their era and of transcending its legal and moral strictures. Hailed by modern critics as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought, Hardy's tragic parable continues to resonate with readers.
Publisher: Mieola, N.Y. ; Dover, 2006.
ISBN: 9780486452432
0486452433
Characteristics: viii, 414 pages ;,18 cm.

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BertBailey
Apr 07, 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/07/100-best-novels-jude-obscure-thomas-hardy

RoninDRE May 13, 2013

This was an excellent work, and enjoyable to read, with thought-provoking subject matter, though somewhat slow to start.

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phantomas
May 26, 2017

“I have read two books of the Iliad, besides being pretty familiar with passages such as the speech of Phoenix in the ninth book, the fight of Hector and Ajax in the fourteenth, the appearance of Achilles unarmed and his heavenly armour in the eighteenth, and the funeral games in the twenty-third. I have also done some Hesiod, a little scrap of Thucydides, and a lot of the Greek Testament.... I wish there was only one dialect, all the same."
“I have done some mathematics, including the first six and the eleventh and twelfth books of Euclid; and algebra as far as simple equations."
(part one, at Marygreen, section 6)

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mcollett
Jun 17, 2011

"Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons."

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