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Jude The Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

January 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Jude The Obscure is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 7.
Jude's story -- his futile desire to better himself through education, his failed marriage and doomed love for the free-spirited Sue Bridehead -- shows with heartbreaking clarity the devastating effects of prejudice and oppression upon innocent minds, and forms a passionate plea for tolerance. It was met with widespread condemnation upon first publication in 1895 and, as a result, was the last novel Hardy ever wrote.

“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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307291944

ISBN - 13: 9780307291943

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jude won't be obscure for long! See title.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pathetic magnum opus of Thomas Hardy.. The plot altogether is very tragic and depressing, so a reader might find the story hard to digest. Nevertheless, this book contains many integral philosophical themes and biblical allusions. This book really does worth reading since despite its extremity, Hardy's writing style is very poignant, and every single element of the book possesses the literature value. One will certainly have compassion for the protagonist's catastrophe through reading. I think this book contrasts with Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... it was ok? Well what can I say? I had never read a Thomas Hardy book before this one, and after reading it I was turned off towards reading another one of his novels. The story follows the life of a young man by the name of Jude Fawley and his relentless attempts to do something with his life. Along the way he meets many other provocative characters, and lets just say he manages to get himself into some trouble. And talk about a killer ending..... I was flabergasted to say the least. If you are looking for a good read, I don't think I would recommend this novel first but definitely pick it up if you are one of those people that likes a story that deals with controversial issues, because this one has tons of them! Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn't perfect but at least it kept my attention the entire time. Happy reading.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literary Canon at its best! By the time I had gotten my degree in English Lit, I had read a lot of bad books... And a lot of good ones... This novel is by far the best book I've ever read! I admit it's difficult to get into Hardy's writing style for the average reader (and even harder to continue through it for 400 pages) but I found Jude to be unbelievably rewarding. It's a beautiful story of tragedy, heartache and despair. To date, I have read this book 6 times and will continue to for the rest of my life.
Date published: 2005-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad story As 19th century novels go, this one isn't bad...very depressing, but thought-provoking and memorable. I enjoyed Tess of the d'Urbervilles more, I think because the physical setting is described more beautifully and the characters seem more realistic. In Jude the Obscure, Sue especially seems unrealistic. The shocking scene in the book is indeed shocking. Read this book only if you're really bored.
Date published: 2005-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jude the Obscure Jude Fawley is a beaten man. Betrayed by his ambitions and denied by his peers, he dares to pursue a love forbidden by his country and his church. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Jude the Obscure is not only a well written tradigy but also a deeply insightful look on the time periods of morality and class. This was to be the final novel Hardy would ever write because of the critical reviews he recieved. Critics dubbed the book Jude the Obscene for its' sexual content and perceived immoral views. This book is also notable for it contains one of the most horrific scenes ever put to paper in the english language.
Date published: 2003-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Depressing but Riveting This was just an amazing book. Beautiful but sad. The tragedy at the end brought my reading to an abrupt halt as I tried to take it all in. Very few books stop me in my tracks. Well worth a read.
Date published: 1999-08-06

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Jude The Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307291944

ISBN - 13: 9780307291943

From the Publisher

Jude's story -- his futile desire to better himself through education, his failed marriage and doomed love for the free-spirited Sue Bridehead -- shows with heartbreaking clarity the devastating effects of prejudice and oppression upon innocent minds, and forms a passionate plea for tolerance. It was met with widespread condemnation upon first publication in 1895 and, as a result, was the last novel Hardy ever wrote.

“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.

From the Jacket

Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure shocked Victorian critics and readers with a frank depiction of sexuality and an unbridled indictment of the institutions of marriage, education, and religion, reportedly causing one Angli-can bishop to order the book publicly burned. The experience so exhausted Hardy that he never wrote a work of fiction again. Rich in symbolism, Jude the Obscure is the story of Jude Fawley and his struggle to rise from his station as a poor Wessex stonemason to that of a scholar at Christminster. It is also the story of Jude’s ill-fated relationship with his cousin Sue Bridehead, and the ultimate tragedy that causes Jude’s undoing and Sue’s transformation. Jude the Obscure explores man’s essential loneliness and remains one of Hardy’s most widely read novels.

About the Author

THOMAS HARDY was born on June 2, 1840. His father was a stonemason. He was brought up near Dorchester and trained as an architect. In 1868 his work took him to St Juliot's church in Cornwall where he met his wife-to-be, Emma. His first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, was rejected by publishers but Desperate Remedies was published in 1871 and this was rapidly followed by Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), A Pair of Blue Eyes(1873) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). He also wrote many other novels, poems and short stories. Tess of the D'Urbervilles was published in 1891. His final novel was Jude the Obscure (1895). Hardy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1920 and the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1912. Thomas Hardy died January 11, 1928.
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