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Tess of the d'Urbervilles: Reader und CD (Oxford Bookworms Library)

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This award-winning collection of adapted classic literature and original stories develops reading skills for low-beginning through advanced students.
Accessible language and carefully controlled vocabulary build students' reading confidence.
Introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout, and glossaries help build comprehension.
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Published (first published January 10th 2008)
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I must admit that I really hate reading about weak fool stupid female characters even if it was the 19th century -_- but I liked how it ended!

It is a classic. So what!!

It was frustrating how the woman always pays even if it was and still a fact, poor Tess lost it all just because her "loving husband" is a hypocrite!

But besides all that, ohh man! I find a lot of the conversations so lame! Well maybe I need to read more classics just to get a better view of them!
Anh Mai
Nov 16, 2008 Anh Mai rated it liked it
Recommends it for: my frineds
From Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, I would like to ask Alec d'Urberville and Angle Clare a question, "why you do that to Tess?" Tess is a good woman that she lived her suffering life caused by two men. As a young and innocent woman, her purity was destroyed by Alec d'Urberville. He did it as he does not care much at that time. Why you do that to her? She had to live her terrible life to stand the worse nightmare since then. It seem to her that she would better die instead of standin ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Velvetink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A fav. Read this many times and seen all the film versions.
Mostafa Ibrahim
sad and silly story and unreasonable characters.
Derryck Osbourne
Project Read On! Book #5

My favourite Brit lit that I've ever read?

Oliver Twist? no. David Copperfield? nope. Jane Eyre? ugh, no. Wuthering Heights? Almost there.. Tess of the D'Ubervilles? Yes, holy fuck yes.

Teresa, or Tess as most us have called her, is probably the woman that most men would ever wish for.

Hardy was a good writer, but srsly.. "The gods had finished playing with Tess" what an ironic thing to say! You played with her life, all those hardships, heartbreaking moments! I don't think
Hwa Jeong
Q. 7

In the ending, Tess came to the gallows. The Author depicted "The gods had finished playing with Tess. Society had seen 'justice' done." Actually a person was killed, and then she was main charator. But his voice was very cynical. I think the author was sad and felt some irrationality, so he might express ironic.

Q. 9.

I wonder to the author Why he make that Tess meet Alec again? Alec is bad guy who doesn't know real love. I wanted Tess had true love whih Angel who was Tess's true lover but he
Apr 03, 2009 Malea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tess is a woman to be admired as she endures the many hardships life places on her. Hardy is a masterful author in describing the inner workings of the human mind and ones will to do what they believe to be correct.
I was hanging on to the plot and feeling anguish and happiness in turn with Tess for the first 300 pages. After that, I feel like the novel twisted to become uninteresting and too sorrowful. I would like to re-write the ending. I would recommend the first 300 pages, then tell the rea
Polly L
Feb 09, 2009 Polly L rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did my senior theme on this book. Thomas Hardy is a mysognist. Try reading this one and Jude the Obscure. (Jude, is the bright but hopelessly whinny baby whose every misstep can be traced to a female in his life... his wife, his cousin, his aunt--women plauge him.)
Perhaps you might say that Hardy is trying to unveil Victorian hipocrasy toward rape. But, there's no redeption. Just a slow downward spiral. Tess is blamed for her rape, and once fallen, gives up. Her "dirtied angel" persona is unde
May 04, 2009 Becka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is tragically beautiful - dark and twisty, I'm liking it more as I get into it, but finding it semi-melodramatic. All in all, not my favorite piece of Brit lit, but interesting nonetheless. I feel it would be a fascinating piece to remake into a movie or screen play with modern thematics - ideas of the victimized woman and how it affects one psychologically could be highly enlightening.
Jan 21, 2009 Krysta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written book but SO sad and a bit depressing. I saw the movie they made of it on PBS and then wanted to read the book. I'd recommed the movie as well.
Feb 19, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book (although it has a very tragic ending.) I would definitley reccomend this book to a friend who enjoys love and tragedy.
Abeer Albossany
I didn't enjoy the exaggeration of the miserable fate she had all over the story, yet I found it good written.
Feb 19, 2015 Zuzana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great and gripping story. I have to read the full version. It is surprising and even shocking to realize how life used to be for young women. (considering todays lifestyle)
Emma J
Sep 14, 2008 Emma J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real tear-jerker. Really emphasised with protagonist Tess. Hardy wrote it in such a way that I felt so emotionally involved.

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Clare West has over twenty years' TEFL classroom experience in the UK and overseas, and has led workshops for teachers in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greece, and Argentina. For most of her teaching career she was involved with long-stay students on Cambridge examination courses, and engaged in the development of strategies to improve students' reading and writing skills.

She is now a freelance au
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