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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 27, 2003
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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)
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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.
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I wasn't sure of how to feel about Hardy's writing style because of my personal struggles with the book, so in coming to terms with it all, I have to say that his style was effective in messing with this reader's heart and emotions so that must mean he did a great job.
the innocence of the girl, how its purity is the reason for her downfall. The scene in which she bites into a strawberry is the ultimate seduction scene for PG audiences.
The long-suffering young wife was finally angered and wrote a beastly letter to her estranged husband. Hmm, there is nothing like a woman scorned. While there is no HEA, there is a beauty in this writer's prose. I gave this novel 4.5 stars.