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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
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** spoiler alert ** I've wanted to read Tess for years, and I feel great that I've completed it. It was my first "big" classic to read in several years. After too much Dickens in high school, I avoided Victorian literature. The idea of reading a novel with long descriptions of farm life and Nature motifs kind of bores me, but Hardy's engaging plot (and a few years of earned wisdom) kept me going. I really fell in love with Tess with the scene in which she baptizes her sick infant. It was so dark but pure and beautiful. Tess was indeed a pure woman.

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Thomas Hardy
“A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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01/22/2012 page 27
01/26/2012 "I love this book... I feel the same about Tess as I felt about Jane Eyre. Hardy's writing style is just right: direct but descriptive." 1 comment
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message 1: by Bekah (new)

Bekah this sounds pretty fascinating. if you don't want to put it down we can start with this one and do 'out of africa' next. you wouldn't be too far ahead of me if i picked it up at the library tomorrow. wanna do that?

Janie Sure... Let me know what you think.

I can also read more than one book at a time, though, so its really up to you. ;)

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