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Tess of the D'Urbervilles [Paperback]

Thomas Hardy
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June 14 2001 Dover Thrift Editions
A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in this masterpiece of tragic fiction. Hardy's 1891 novel defied convention to focus on the rural lower class for a frank treatment of sexuality and religion. Then and now, his sympathetic portrait of a victim of Victorian hypocrisy offers compelling reading.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Nov. 2 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
By cwise
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful June 25 2004
Format:Paperback
I had to write a review just to bring up a rating that was unfairly knocked down by a handful of obtuse reviewers. I wasn't an English lit major like some of these reviewers, but I have read upwards of 10,000 books in my life -with a concentration on literature- and have to say that the descriptive writing in "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" is the most beautiful and poetic I have yet encountered. It is not the most exciting, nor the most stunningly transformative(that honour goes to "Altas Shrugged") book, but the construction and execution is exquisite.
The book is in fact slowly paced - so much so in the first couple of chapters that I was rebuffed the first time I started reading it. However, a little patience will grant you entry into the gorgeous spell Hardy invokes. Yes, it is a "victorian" novel, but the sublimity of the writing and of the plot's tragedy emancipates it from the staidness of the genre.
The upshot is that you shouldn't turn to this book if you want a fast paced thriller or "clever" writing. Read it if you want to cultivate your awareness of exceptional beauty; this book is for the cultured connoisseur, not needy readers.
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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 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Verbose.... period.
Quite frankly, the title of my rating says it all. Thomas Hardy = old windbag. The concept of the book is wonderful, and quite frankly, kudos to him. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by N. Miller
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