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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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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.
I haven't finished it yet ... now I know why I hated English classes so much ... touch reading because of the way its written in old english for the most part ... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karen Steele
I find it a bit difficult to read... maybe it's just me.. but im still trying.. after all it's a classic! Read morePublished 16 months ago by shopgirl**
Not finished yet. Love Hardy's style of writing. Wish Tess had more gumption. I guess the timid female was the style in old EnglandPublished 23 months ago by Brenda J. Mcquade
This is a beautiful copy of an old classic, and at an unbeatable price. If you love the story of Tess and her tragic star-crossed life, and you love a good hardcopy that looks... Read morePublished on April 17 2011 by cwise
This book, while perhaps well written, is just so ridiculous and self-contradictory that it's maddening to read. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Matthew Bayer
Oh gosh! Gee whiz...this book is tough! It has so, so many....uh, words, and the descriptions are oh so long and require far too much attention. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Futureman
Having a degree in English Lit., it seems sinful for me to accuse Thomas Hardy of being a terrible writer, but there it is. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
The whole tragedy is in the fact that I was NOT forced to read this book but actually picked it up because I WANTED to read it (or so I thought at the time). Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by L. A. Stelczyk