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I hated this book.
From the beginning where Hardy mocks, needles and jabs Christianity at every turn, to the middle where the “humanist” husband shows his utter hypocrisy, to the end where Alec Durberville shows his change of heart for the sham it is.
And through it all, poor Tess. Alone, unprotected by those who should have protected her, abandoned by her husband, used and at the end, forced to pay for her crime of murder that was brought about by her complete and utter abandonment by any and all.
While some take the view that Hardy was showing up Victorian life [and don’t get me wrong, this is a perfect example of what was wrong in the era], it was simply too vicious, cutting and plain antagonistic for me to cool-headedly read it and analyze it.
Hardy had an axe to grind and he gave it all he could in this book. I certainly won’t be reading any more by this ass.
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Author: Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, a Pure Woman