Book Review:
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Title: Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Author: Thomas Hardy
Published: 1891
Language: English
Pages: 487
Rating: 5/5

Tess Durbyfield is pretty, but poor. When her father hears that their family is actually descendants from the high standing family of the D'Urbervilles, the family sends her off to claim kinship. But not everything goes according to plan, and what happened there will haunt Tess for the rest of her life.

I can't even deal with Thomas Hardy sometimes. Just rip my heart out, why don't you?

As you can probably tell by my rating, I mean this in the best possible way. This story is heart wrenchingly sad, yet exquisitely beautiful.

I love the main character, but not perhaps in the sense I most often love characters; I loved Tess not because she reminds me of myself or someone I would like to be, but because I just felt so much for her. She's the kind of character you wish nothing bad will happen to, but it does. You get to see her grow, and yet there is some unchanging innocence to her that never leaves. She feels like a real woman; she's both strong and weak, both loveable and annoying, both realistic and dreamlike.

It's not often I say this about classics, but I was very surprised by the ending, which made the read all the more enjoyable.

I'm having a hard time expressing how much I loved this book, but it was just so good. I would definitely recommend it if you want to read something gloomy, dark but absolutely beautiful.

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  1. Oh God, I really should start reading more Hardy novels. I'm really hesitant towards this one though. I saw the BBC adaptation once and it was so sad that I've not yet managed to summon up the courage to actually read the novel. Your review, however, makes me want to read it as soon as possible ;-)

    1. I have not seen the BBC adaptation, so I couldn't say if it does it justice, but trust me; the book is sad but wonderful :)


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