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In this novel he attacks the institution of marriage through the disasters Jude experienced with Arabella and Sue.
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.
Knowing that such information would probably make the book a little more appealing to me, but overall I can not say that it was an uplifting read.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by big ed
There is no denying that this book is a classic. It has a very rich history and is very bold for its time. Still, I found that it dragged on and the story became very boring to me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Razor
If you want to feel like your life is truly blessed in comparison, read this book. Generally, I've found Thomas Hardy books to be thoughtful and well written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KDH