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Tess of the D'Urbervilles [Paperback]

Thomas Hardy
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Feb. 24 2011 0141197978 978-0141197975
Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice. Thomas Hardy's indictment of society's double standards, and his depiction of Tess as ""a pure woman,"" caused controversy in his day and has held the imagination of readers ever since. Hardy thought it his finest novel and Tess the most deeply felt character he ever created.

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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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Im still trying to read it! May 27 2014
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I find it a bit difficult to read... maybe it's just me.. but im still trying.. after all it's a classic! and the interesting part is that they kept the text intact and they added historical facts about the autor.. :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Nov. 2 2013
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Not finished yet. Love Hardy's style of writing. Wish Tess had more gumption. I guess the timid female was the style in old England
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read March 22 2013
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Another Thomas Hardy favorite. Story of a poor young woman and her life in 17th century Britain. Romance, loss and survival. A great glimpse into the past. Also a good movie by the same name starring Natasha Kinskey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Book Club Feb. 10 2004
Some great discussions come out of this book. Thomas Hardy has a very distinct style, and uses the environment essentially as another character, so it may be beneficial to at least have some familiarity with England before reading. No one can read this book without having strong opinions about the characters, especially the two main men. This is one of the standout pieces of literature of its time and is well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best June 4 2003
If there were more than five stars possible, this book would get about seven. Hardy's excellent descriptions and deep pathos combine to make this novel one of the best and saddest books I have ever read. This one is a must-read, but be prepared to cry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book made how books should be April 17 2011
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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 like it is from the same era that the story is set in, then this product is perfect!
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2.0 out of 5 stars tiring at times Feb. 19 2011
at times i felt like i was reading an agricultural journal-more info about cows than i care to know
Tess is enough to want to make you scream-enough of the self pity already!!!
the story is ok but the thousands of descriptive words are tedious and the walking that everyone is constantly doing will send you over the edge--if this is Thomas Hardy i don't care for more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to read the classics, start with Tess June 30 2004
What is the point of reading classic literature if all you are going to do is analyse it? What a waste. Hardy, Austen et al would be turning in their graves if they knew that their work would be treated in this way by self-proclaimed experts. Classic novels are to be enjoyed; they are written for the satisfaction of all readers, not just to massage the egos of academics.
Yes, I've studied classic literature, and it isn't the genre I am typically interested in. However, "Tess of the d'urbervilles" is the novel that has inspired me to give this genre another try. I found it to be incredibly moving; dismissing the idea that it was poorly written. I've found English literature too stifled by its own airs and graces, but this is not the case with Thomas Hardy. He paints a picture of great hope in a way that allows us to empathise (unlike some of his contemporaries) with the characters of a different era.
I recommend anyone who wants to start reading classic English literature to begin with "Tess of the d'urbervilles". You will find it an easily accessible read. It is beautiful, hopeful and tragic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like a bad TV movie
This book, while perhaps well written, is just so ridiculous and self-contradictory that it's maddening to read. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Matthew Bayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I had to write a review just to bring up a rating that was unfairly knocked down by a handful of obtuse reviewers. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by P. Morelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Somber rustic majesty
In a certain light, Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" might be seen as a Cinderella story horribly disfigured by a tragic twist. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by A.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars boo hoo hoo....!
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 more
Published on June 4 2004 by Futureman
1.0 out of 5 stars mind-numbing, terrible writing
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 more
Published on May 31 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Why doesn't she just jump in the river and have done with!!!
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 more
Published on May 27 2004 by L. A. Stelczyk
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a Letdown in the End
This is part of my attempt to read classics and non-fiction as well as my usual speculative fiction this year. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Essay
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