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Jude the Obscure (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist, in the tradition of George Eliot, he was also influenced both in his novels and poetry by Romanticism, especially by William Wordsworth. Charles Dickens is another important influence on Thomas Hardy. Like Dickens, he was also highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 461 pages
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Notes on the Kindle formatting. 3 avril 2012
Par Kevin G. Mccann - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Obviously Jude the Obscure is a classic and everyone should read it some time.
However this version is not the best although not for the reason the previous reviewer described. I do not know if it has been updated since the time of that review but currently, there is no problem with the arrangement of the text on-screen.
Unfortunately, Jude the Obscure had many revisions during Thomas Hardy's life and it is unclear which of the editions this copy represents. Additionally Jude is full of obscure (get it?) literary and cultural references that would have been far more decipherable by an 1890s British reader, but that are--sadly--lost on me and most without annotation, of which this version has none.
Finally, like most free Kindle editions (and far too many of the full-priced ones), there are no chapter breaks programmed into the text, so it is not possible to flip through the text to find something you have already read. I also have the paperback Oxford World's Classics edition and I don't think I will be able to discard it as a result of getting this version. Still: free is free.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 On the Hardy scale it would be a three though 20 novembre 2012
Par Miss Scarlett - Publié sur
I greatly prefer Far From The Madding Crowd and Tess of The D'Urbervilles to Jude The Obscure. The misconception of Hardy as a cruel bringer of doom and gloom is based on this novel. Unlike FFTMC and TOTDU, there are no happy blissful moments in Jude the Obscure- simply non-miserable ones.

Jude is a working class country boy who dreams of studying at Christminster (Oxford). Jude is thinking with something but it isn't his head when he marries buxom country wench Arabella Donn and pursues his free-spirited cousin Sue Bridehead. He is constantly distracted from his books by his baser needs and the only saying that his family are not made for marriage. His tragedy is his obscurity- like so many of Hardy's characters, he dares to be awkward and pays the price.

Jude himself is rather feeble-headed but one can empathise with his fervent dream to study at Christminster, which he is not suited for and is not the paradise he believes it to be. I like Sue Bridehead although her frigidity isn't really explained- though to be honest, it was daring enough of Hardy to explore behind the bedroom doors. We have to wait for DH Lawrence to publish Sons and Lovers before we get a book like that. Arabella is an interesting character- in one respect, she's the typical country wench, arousing Jude's baser needs but in another way, she represents the country lad in him, that rough and uncultured part which he keeps trying to flee from yet keeps coming back to torment him. She is spiteful, uncouth, selfish, and at two points in the novel shows extreme moments of cruelty. However, both women are very spirited in the Hardy manner.

What I miss from Jude The Obscure is Hardy's descriptions of the country. At times they went on a bit but a lot of the time they were beautiful and evocative, such as the opening chapter of The Return of The Native. Instead of the passion and spirituality Hardy usually associates with the country, the country represents the things that will always hold Jude back. There are some nice descriptions of Christminster but they're not on a par with the country ones. Hardy seems troubled by his previous assertions and his desire to tackle the injustice of society, outside of his usual landscape, means that although the novel is comparatively accessible in light of other writers of the period, it is not his most accessible work. If you're a Hardy beginner, start with Far From The Madding Crowd, or Tess, if you have a strong constitution.

The critics hated the novel, nicknaming it Jude the Obscene. It openly (well, as open as you can be in the nineteenth century) explores sexuality and Hardy dares to write a male protagonist whose feebleness is overshadowed by the brilliance of the female characters. Men identified with Jude- and they didn't want to.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Hardy thrillingly breaks out of the Victorian social mold, but is all too constrained by the Victorian literary mold 26 mars 2014
Par Christopher Culver - Publié sur
In Thomas Hardy's 1895 novel JUDE THE OBSCURE, the English author rails against three restrictive aspects of Victorian society that especially angered him: the denial of university education to intelligent young men from working class backgrounds, the domination of Christianity (mainly in its Anglican form) in all spheres of life, and most prominently, the very institution of marriage.

Jude Fawley is an orphan in southwest England, but gifted with a remarkable intelligence. Take in by his great aunt and forced to help her with her bakery business, he nonetheless acquires a command of Greek and Latin, which he thinks will take he on to great things. All this is undone by a single mistaken: falling for (and sleeping with) a local pig farmer's daughter who is not especially bright. When she reports falling pregnant and they are forced to arrange a shotgun wedding, all of Jude's dreams of academic erudition go up in smoke.

That could already been a whole poignant story in itself, but in fact it's merely a preface to the main plot. Once the unsatisfied newlyweds separate and Jude leaves to the nearby city of Christminster (modeled on Oxford), the young man meets his long-lost cousin Susanna Brideshead, who has shocking views for her time. For Sue, ancient paganism is preferable to Judeo-Christian values, and marriage is but a prison that can saps the love that more informally bound lovers might feel. Needless to say, the two fall for each other and the continually tragic consequences drive the novel.

For the first half of JUDE THE OBSCURE, I was rather amazed by how realistic and modern the dialogue Hardy writes for his characters sounds. As they try to reconcile their deepest feelings with the expectations of the society around him, Jude and Susanna sound every different from conventional Victorian literature. Even though the premarital sex and marital discord within will not at all shock contemporary readers, it's easy to understand how the book outraged many prominent figures in Victorian society.

However, the book suffers from many of the same flaws as other Victorian literature. As it was serialized in a magazine before being compiled into a single publication, the length of the text seems bloated when contemporary readers will want something more deftly honed. At one point a child comes into the picture, and while adults in this era's fiction might get distinct personalities, the child is not a living, breathing person as much as a plot device. He doesn't even get a name! Then, in the second half of the book the dialogue turns from deeply touching to overly longwinded, preachy and wholly unbelievable; instead of making his point subtly, Hardy just beats us over the head with it.

Consequently, my enthusiasm waned significantly as I made my way to the end of JUDE THE OBSCURE. I might recommend it as an important classic, but if you've never been able to fully enjoy English fiction from the Victorian era, you'll find the same frustrations in this too.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I liked the book more than I would have if I ... 2 janvier 2015
Par Nancy Seglin - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is Hardy as his usual bleak self. It all takes place in a bleak, gray landscape. Don't read it if you live in a place that lacks sunshine. However, in the book's defense, the characters are intriguing. Jude is a complex character and his character benefits from the opportunity to discuss him and the plot with other people. My son (a high school English teacher) and I each read the book before a visit together with the idea that we would have a book to discuss. We talked about the book for over an hour, finding new themes and motives for why and what the characters did. After talking about, I liked the book more than I would have if I had read it on my own without any discussion. Maybe that's why some teachers choose it?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sad story 12 septembre 2013
Par Table4two - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A tale of two lovers whose lives go in a complete circle, intersect for awhile, and then end where they began. At times sad, tragic and aggravating for the reader - for we see things more clearly than the characters do - we all know people like them in our own lives. This was the first book by Hardy that I ever read (no movies either), and I would do so again.
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