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Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
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Nov 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-literature
Read in November, 2009

I enjoyed this book, but I'll never read it again. I think Hardy is a good writer...at times. At times he is really very boring and so horribly depressing. Perhaps there is something to the long descriptions of farming life, though I didn't care to read so many. Perhaps, too, there is something in "telling" rather than "showing" a character's mental make-up, but most of the time it seemed out of place and took me from the text. Tess was a very well developed character, as (I think) was Angel, though I don't like particularly how Hardy developed the latter. Strange, I know, but I think Hardy had a good idea for a character that was executed poorly.

In the end, a very odd book. I'm not even sure I'd recommend it to anyone, even though I gave it four stars.
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