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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
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really liked it
bookshelves: literary-fiction, favorites, fiction-still-omg-after-1-yr

Third re-read, prompted by A Little Life. I remembered the failed quest to get in at Christminster being the crux of the story, but now I see it's far more complex than that. I remembered that, as with most or all of Hardy's novels, individual goals fall in the face of fate or societal rules/expectations. And, yes, this is indeed the argument of the novel. Progressive, brilliant people can't make it if they come from no social standing. The end. It's interesting that he titled it Jude the Obscure because the dreams seem to be shared by both Jude and Sue, and in fact Sue's defeat seems more profound than Jude's. Also, Sue seems to have been suffering from some unspeakable sexual trauma that I completely missed as a younger reader. All to the point of my rereading in light of A Little Life.
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Reading Progress

March 26, 2013 – Shelved
April 1, 2013 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
April 7, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
October 18, 2013 – Shelved as: fiction-still-omg-after-1-yr
December 12, 2015 – Started Reading
December 12, 2015 – Finished Reading

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