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Jude the Obscure (Bantam Classics)by Thomas Hardy
A masterpiece of Victorian tragedy, Jude is tortured, miserable and doomed. But, this beautiful novel is profoundly moving. The story is poignant and heart-wrenching, and the language is utterly gorgeous. Thomas Hardy is a peerless genius. Truly, absolutely, the best book I have ever read — you will cry!
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In 1895 Hardys final novel, the great tale of Jude the Obscure, sent shock waves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardys heroines, Jude takes on the world—and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference.
The most powerful expression of Hardys philosophy, and a profound exploration of mans essential loneliness, Jude the Obscure is a great and beautiful book. “His style touches sublimity.” —T. S. Eliot
Novel tracing Jude Fawley's life from his aspirations of intellectual freedom to his early death.
About the Author
Rosellen Brown is the author of Half a Heart, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies and Before and After. She lives in Chicago.
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