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    HEADLINE A bad guy who is fabulously talented in bed and a good guy who fumbles sex can complicate life for a girl.I ought to have my head examined for undertaking a review of Tess of the d Ubervilles, the next to the last of Thomas Hardy s novels My purpose in considering the idea was that I might perhaps persuade one other person to read this novel who might not otherwise I am all about service to my fellow man However, there are strange aspects of this novel that when discussed in remove HEADLINE A bad guy who is fabulously talented in bed and a good guy who fumbles sex can complicate life for a girl.I ought to have my head examined for undertaking a review of Tess of the d Ubervilles, the next to the last of Thomas Hardy s novels My purpose in considering the idea was that I might perhaps persuade one other person to read this novel who might not otherwise I am all about service to my fellow man However, there are strange aspects of this novel that when discussed in remove from the novel itself can make it sound off putting I will mention a few of those without emphasizing them They involve weird twists in the plot handed us through the vehicle of some strange scenes On the other hand I do not wish simply to offer diamond like passages from this novel, although that is tempting But let us take a shot here.Te...


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    Tess of the d Urbervilles is not a feel good book, which sharply sets it apart from the other 19th century novels about young women think Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, for instance No, it s sad and depressing to the point where it almost makes me angry Because poor Tess, prone to making choice that are invariably the worst for her, just cannot catch a break Because it s like she has majorly pissed off some higher power s that be and they are taking revenge, giving her the most rotten Tess of the d Urbervilles is not a feel good book, which sharply sets it apart from the other 19th century novels about young women think Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, for instance No, it s sad and depressing to the point where it almost makes me angry Because poor Tess, prone to making choice that are invariably the worst for her, just cannot catch a break Because it s like she has majorly pissed off some higher power s that be and they are taking revenge, giving her the most rotten luck Because Tess seems to have resigne...


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    there will probably be spoilers here i will possibly rant if you don t know what happens in tess, it is better not to read this review, although, frankly, to my way of thinking, hardy has so many superior novels, stories, poems, that you would be better served just avoiding this one and going on to one of the great ones like jude or mayor of casterbridge instead but there is something sneaking up in me a bubblingly vague feeling of well wishing for poor doomed tess, that makes me think i mi there will probably be spoilers here i will possibly rant if you don t know what happens in tess, it is better not to read this review, although, frankly, to my way of thinking, hardy has so many superior novels, stories, poems, that you would be better served just avoiding this one and going on to one of the great ones like jude or mayor of casterbridg...


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    Dear, Tess of the D UrbervillesI m writing you this letter because you pissed me off I m angry, Tess I ve got a lot to say to you, and I want you to hear it I will warn you though I m not holding anything back We re going to talk about everything, everything that happens in your life from beginning to end How could y...


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    From my blog This book was fantastic It was bleak and heartbreaking, but fantastic I m not sure I ve ever been so sad for a main character before But wow, Hardy can write I m going to outline the plot, including the ending, so please note that there are SPOILERS AHEAD.Tess Durbeyfield, a poor girl, finds out she s actually the descendant of the once mighty D Urbervilles She goes in search of work at her relatives home, and meets Alec D Urberville no actual relation he stole the name , From my blog This book was fantastic It was bleak and heartbreaking, but fantastic I m not sure I ve ever been so sad for a main character before But wow, Hardy can write I m going to outline the plot, including the ending, so please note that there are SPOILERS AHEAD.Tess Durbeyfield, a poor girl, finds out she s actually the descendant of the once mighty D Urbervilles She goes in search of work at her relatives home, and meets Alec D Urberville no actual relation he stole the name , who seduces her and rapes her in the forest Bastard Tess leaves the D Urberville estate to be with her family again, and winds up pregnant The baby is born but quickly succumbs to death.Tess, who thinks her rape and death of her child are her own fault, moves away to...


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    I hated this passionately, which is perhaps unfair, as the book is really quite admirable for tackling the subject of double standards applied to male and female sexual behaviour But this is one of the most depressing, pointless...


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    This novel is really about timing, it effects us all, meet someone at the wrong time or go north instead of south, your life can end badly Ordinary events, can change our destiny Timing is everything Tess Durbeyfield is born into a poor, rural, southern English family of eight, in the village of Marlott, Wessex A lazy father, John, with a taste for the bottle, and a mother, Joan, who would rather sing the latest songs, than do the necessary chores, at home But she grows up a very attracti This novel is really about timing, it effects us all, meet someone at the wrong time or go north instead of south, your life can end badly Ordinary events, can change our destiny Timing is everything Tess Durbeyfield is born into a poor, rural, southern English family of eight, in the village of Marlott, Wessex A lazy father, John, with a taste for the bottle, and a mother, Joan, who would rather sing the latest songs, than do the necessary chores, at home But she grows up a very attractive woman and everyone notices, especially young men Informed by a minister, Parson Tringham, an antiqua...


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    I finally read this classic for a book club recently, my own copy of the novel having languished on my shelves for too many years I realized, after the book club meeting, that I had probably expected it to be a discussion cum appreciation session, Tess being after all a cornerstone in English literature Not a bit of it Woman who suggested it Well, as you know I love the classics, and I think this is a great book I ve read it many times.Me sitting next to her I really liked it, too, and w I finally read this classic for a book club recently, my own copy of the novel having languished on my shelves for too many years I realized, after the book club meeting, that I had probably expected it to be a discussion cum appreciation session, Tess being after all a cornerstone in English literature Not a bit of it Woman who suggested it Well, as you know I love the classics, and I think this is a great book I ve read it many times.Me sitting next to her I really liked it, too, and was glad to finally read it It was a tale of woe, to be sure, but I liked it.A fewcomments like that follow, it being the brief introductory round.New guy I don t know if I liked it or not, it was just so looong I can see similarities with some of Balzac s works and with Madame Bovary, bu...


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    This review contains spoilers.Young Tess Durbyfield, one of the sweetest, most likable, yet tragic, characters in literature A pure woman faithfully presented , as Hardy calls her in the sub title of the book She is sent out from her family home by her mother and father to the great family of the D Ubervilles to claim her share of the family fortune But her pure, innocent mind is no match for the roguish Alec D Uberville, and their meeting sets Tess on a path that will eventually lead to her This review contains spoilers.Young Tess Durbyfield, one of the sweetest, most likable, yet tragic, characters in literature A pure woman faithfully presented , as Hardy calls her in the sub title of the book She is sent out from her family home by her mother and father to the great family of ...


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    I need to start by venting all the despair I felt reading Thomas Hardy s Tess of the D Ubervilles This tale is certainly not Pride or Prejudice or even Jane Eyre where the heroines have the prospect or the hope of happiness What could a woman of Tess s time and situation hope for Contentment But not even that was in store for our poor heroine Tess sweet, loving nature is invariably abused by men, specifically the two central male characters of Alec D Urberville and Angel Clare The road tha I need to start by venting all the despair I felt reading Thomas Hardy s Tess of the D Ubervilles This tale is certainly not Pride or Prejudice or even Jane Eyre where the heroines have the prospect or the hope of happiness What could a woman of Tess s ...


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Tess of the dUrbervilles Hardy Tells The Story Of Tess Durbeyfield, A Beautiful Young Woman Living With Her Impoverished Family In Wessex, The Southwestern English County Immortalized By Hardy After The Family Learns Of Their Connection To The Wealthy D Urbervilles, They Send Tess To Claim A Portion Of Their Fortune She Meets And Is Seduced By The Dissolute Alec D Urberville And Secretly Bears A Child, Sorrow, Who Dies In Infancy A Very Different Man, Angel Clare, Seems To Offer Tess Love And Salvation, But He Rejects Her On Their Wedding Night After Learning Of Her Past Emotionally Bereft, Financially Impoverished, And Victimized By The Self Righteous Rigidity Of English Social Morality, Tess Escapes From Her Vise Of Passion Through A Horrible, Desperate Act The Novel Is Set In Impoverished Rural England, Thomas Hardy S Fictional Wessex, During The Long Depression Of The 1870s Tess Is The Oldest Child Of John And Joan Durbeyfield, Uneducated Peasants However, John Is Given The Impression By Parson Tringham That He May Have Noble Blood, Since Durbeyfield Is A Corruption Of D Urberville , The Surname Of A Noble Norman Family, Then Extinct The News Immediately Goes To John S HeadTess Has Been Seen As A Personification Of Nature And Her Association With Animals Throughout The Novel Emphasizes This Idea Tess S Misfortunes Begin When She Falls Asleep While Driving Prince To Market, And Causes The Horse S Death At Trantridge, She Becomes A Poultry Keeper She And Angel Fall In Love Amid Cows In The Fertile Froom Valley And On The Road To Flintcombe Ashe, She Kills Some Wounded Pheasants To End Their Suffering.However, Tess Emerges As A Powerful Character Not Because Of This Symbolism But Because Hardy S Feelings For Her Were Strong, Perhaps Stronger Than For Any Of His Other Invented Personages.