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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
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Jun 04, 2008

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Read in May, 2008

Everyone (except one) I talked to before reading this said that it was awful. Maybe I just had low expectations, but I didn't hate it. It has some weird Jane Eyre-ish throwbacks to mysticism/gothic/paganism, especially towards the end, but it is also very self-consciously "modern"- Hardy even calls Tess' suffering "the ache of modernism" (I love this phrase). And yet Tess is constantly presented as this beautiful, buxom product of nature, and they even end up in Stonehenge at the end for no apparent reason...My favorite part of this book is when Angel leaves Tess because he finds out that she was raped by Alec, and yet he stays with her after he finds out that she murdered Alec. Impeccable logic.

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