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ISBN-13: 978-0141439594 ISBN-10: 0141439599 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141439599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439594
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Anna Bentinck ratchets up the melodrama for this full-blooded reading of Hardy's classic—a staple of high-school English classes everywhere. Students desperate to penetrate Hardy's notoriously slow masterpiece should turn to Bentinck, who gives it an intense emotional coloring. She makes Hardy sound like a brother to the Brontë sisters: passionate and brooding. Bentinck alternates between a crisp, precise narrative voice that sounds like Helen Mirren, and Tess's own voice, quavering, shallow and meek. Bentinck retains her composure throughout, and her assured performance may be a welcome rescue for struggling 11th graders across the country. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Library Journal

This edition of the Hardy classic includes a complete authoritative text plus biographical and historical contexts, critical history, essays by five scholars, and a glossary. A fine scholarly edition for the academic crowd.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Through many novels, Thomas Hardy has told the stories of characters and flaws.
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This book was a very good book, at first I thought that it would be a boring classic book but as I started reading it I realized that it was a really good book.
Angel
So strong is Tess's love for Angel Clare, and so powerful her disgust at what Alec D'Urberville has forced her to become, that she kills Alec.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly on April 11, 2014
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This book was a bit slow at the beginning but picks up after a few chapter. It is pretty good after that. I couldn't put it down until about the last four chapters. The ending is horrible and seems very hurried like the author was bored and just wanted to finish. I was very disappointed. The ending contradicts the whole atmosphere of the first 400 pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Richards on March 10, 2014
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The writing is so beautiful. The story is so sad. I like the values the book promotes, and the sad truth is that the right thing does not always prevail.
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Thomas Hardy weaves a story of the Victorian times ,his heroine, Tess, lives in.Whether Tess is a victim of poverty,ignorance,male domination or religious persecution,she is most definitely,a person struggling through life,and finding solace where she can.Shes is courageous and uncompromising in character and the belief that her circumstances are her own.This novel can be a difficult read, not only in its language and style of writing, but in its content. It is, however, worth the effort.Tess is truly a person of substance and an admirable woman of her or anyone's historical age.
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This is one good book. Thomas Hardy is a classic romanticist, but there is real substance, and depth within his tales; never petty, or merely sensationally titillating. If you are a misogynist, you should read this one. Tess is such an unspoiled character of character who Hardy handles with a great deal of sympathy. Every book I have read of Thomas Hardy I have enjoyed; "Jude The Obscure", "Return of The Native", "Far From the Madding Crowd", and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Thomas Hardy is definitely a heavy hitter.
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Book was received is a very short time. Started reading it and I'm so glad I took a chance on this book. It's written in that time era of the year 1891. Language is written differently and you have to read between the lines on some of the meaning, but at that time there was certain things you did not write about and they did, but in a way that you kind of say " does this mean what I think it means." But that's the challenge of reading a book like this. A good read.
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By Tonya N Cook on August 10, 2014
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I thought I would love this book. Yet, I really just could not feel anything but annoyance for the characters and it kind of ruined it for me. And then the story.... Some parts were so slow I just wanted to skip entire chapters. Others were filled with enough interest that made me glad I didn't miss them by skipping. I doubt I will ever read it again, but I guess it was okay for what I paid.
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By Tabi on July 21, 2014
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Thomas Hardy is a great writer who became very cynical. The images in the book are amazing, but the plot of the story is very depressing. Every time you think things are looking up, something tragic happens. Poor Tess. If you love Victorian literature and history, it is worth reading. Beautiful writing, imagery, and insights into life of the lower class Victorians.
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By amanda on July 12, 2014
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Such a sad, but beautiful story.
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