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Jude the Obscure (Version 2)

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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy is a tragic and thought-provoking novel that follows the life of Jude Fawley as he navigates the challenges of his aspirations, love, and societal expectations. Set in rural England, Hardy beautifully captures the struggles of a man who dreams of a better life but is constantly thwarted by his circumstances.

The character development in this novel is superb, as readers witness Jude's growth and ultimate downfall. Hardy delves into themes of class, education, and love, painting a complex portrait of a man burdened by his own desires and the constraints of society.

The novel's exploration of love and relationships is both powerful and heartbreaking. Jude's ill-fated romances with Sue and Arabella showcase the complexities of human emotions and the ways in which society can hinder personal fulfillment. Hardy's prose is emotive and evocative, pulling readers into Jude's world and eliciting empathy for his struggles.

Overall, Jude the Obscure is a profound and poignant novel that examines the ways in which individuals grapple with their dreams, desires, and societal expectations. Hardy's storytelling is masterful, drawing readers in with its vivid characters and vivid depiction of 19th-century England. This novel is a compelling and timeless exploration of the human experience.

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Eleven-year-old Jude Fawley, inspired by his teacher Mr. Phillotson, who leaves Marygreen for Christminster to take a university degree, decides to adopt the same course for himself. Raised by his great-aunt, he studies hard with the aid of some old Latin and Greek books sent to him by Phillotson.He trains as a stonemason in order to enable him to support himself when at the university. However when he finally arrives in Christminster he soon finds that a university education is not easily come by for one of his social standing.Meeting and falling in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead his future becomes a series of challenges to his moral, religious and social beliefs.

The novel caused quite a stir in late Victorian England due in part to it’s depiction of marriage and the role religion played in it. Savagely criticised on publication it led to Hardy turning from novel writing and concentrating for the rest of his career on poetry alone. It’s now considered one of Hardy’s finest works and is held up as an example of English novel writing at it’s best.

Summary by T.Hynes.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 6, 2016
Subject: Jude the Obscure
Tedious. None of rest of the book lives up to the beginning of Jude as a child dreaming of Christchurch. The whole book is about extremely boring relationships
Reviewer: - September 14, 2015
Just too great! very well read...
Reviewer: - October 29, 2014
Subject: review
I finished the first part and started the second, but, it was so boring I just couldn't continue. Maybe should have, but, just couldn't. Good readers so far, though.

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