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Jude the Obscure (Version 2)

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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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Thomas Hardy


PART FIRST At Marygreen

PART SECOND At Christminster

PART THIRD At Melchester


PART FIFTH At Aldbrickham and Elsewhere

PART SIXTH At Christminster Again

Part First


"Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits for women, and become servants for their sakes. Many also have perished, have erred, and sinned, for women.... O ye men, how can it be but women should be strong, seeing they do thus?" ESDRAS.


The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry. The miller at Cresscombe lent him the small white tilted cart and horse to carry his goods to the city of his destination, about twenty miles off, such a vehicle proving of quite sufficient size for the departing teacher's effects. For the schoolhouse had been partly furnished by the managers, and the only cumbersome article possessed by the master, in addition to the packing case of books, was a cottage piano that he had bought at an auction during the year in which he thought of learning instrumental music... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 4 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: - December 14, 2015
Subject: Jude the Obscure
Really boring book that never really goes anywhere with the plot. It seems like the main characters just make poor decision after poor decision leading to their inevitable demise. Not only do they keep making poor decisions but they just seem to have a very bad case of perpetual bad luck so that nothing good can happen in the whole book (and it ends "tragically" although I couldn't being myself to care that much). One important chapter near the end was so poorly read I really don't know what happened except I think it was very bad like kids committing suicide or something(?). The main characters are not believable in this book. Or maybe they are believable but because they have such bad attitudes/bad hearts they are not likable (maybe if you are self loathing person who only sees the bad in things you will relate to them). If you are looking for a book to bore you and watch people make a lot of incredibly stupid decisions that ends badly then this is it.
September 14, 2015
Just too great! very well read...
Reviewer: - October 29, 2014
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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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