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This is one of the bleakest books you can ever read.
Hardy also does a great job in describing each of the characters in a way that their description matches their personality traits or their ideals on life.
At no risk of giving away the ending, I'd say Jude the Obscure isn't a gem, but its worth reading.
Classic! A little soapy for a modern day reader, but cutting-edge social commentary when published, JUDE THE OBSCURE was Hardy's final novel. Read morePublished 3 days ago by S. A. Cartwright
This was Thomas Hardy's last novel. Thank Heaven! I don't know if he knew it was so, but if he did, I would have thought, as opposed to his previous books, this would have had a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reviewer xyz
Years ago a friend said that this was her favorite book. Having read and enjoyed three other Hardy novels, I finally got around to reading this one to find out why. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dwight Boud
Jude is a bookish and solemn boy of 11 when this story opens. His schoolteacher is leaving to further his own studies in the nearby city of leaning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Luciano
Could a poor stonemason educate himself and rise to college and a profession? Could an educated woman of unusal intelligence find a partner relationship that is not humiliating? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lebowski
A good novel to give someone about to enter into a questionable marriage. Not a good book to give someone with great ambitions but few means to attain them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by big ed