Tess of the d'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy
List(s):"Racine Library List"
"Carp 500"
Category: "Fiction - Romance"
Year of Publication:1891
Date Read:09/20/1996
Notes:In Tess, victimized by lust, poverty and hypocrisy, Hardy created no standard Victorian heroine, but a woman whose intense vitality flares unforgettably against the bleak background of a dying rural society. Her story is a singular blending of harsh realism and indelibly poignant beauty.

COMMENTS — In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry against Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, Hardy announced that he would never write fiction again. After that,

he only wrote poetry. The movie Tess, starring Nastassja Kinski, is excellent and faithful to the story, and takes almost as long to watch as the book does to read.
My Rating: 8

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