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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.
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 16 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 months ago by KDH
I love many books that came from the 1880-1890's. Love them. No book has ever rubbed me so wrong before as Jude the Obscure. I hated it, hated it. And I love dark and chaotic pulp. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Epic_Earth
In Thomas Hardy's 1895 novel JUDE THE OBSCURE, the English author rails against three restrictive aspects of Victorian society that especially angered him: the denial of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christopher Culver
The print is minuscule. Hard to believe that a publisher would print something so small, especially when the margins all around the text are huge. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Twain