Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Paperback)

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Every summer I read a classic that I have never read before, and since I'm planning to visit Southwest England soon, I felt I should read a novel that takes place there.  Descriptively written, with romance and suspense,  Hardy portrays Tess as a beautiful, young woman born in poverty with a title that ends up doing her more harm than good.  Tess, at the start of her tale, is moral, hard-working and loving, and through no fault of her own, she is forced to face hardship and tragedy.   Hardy demonstrates what can happen to an innocent, trusting girl in a man's world.

If you want a quick, light read, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is not it.  However, if you're looking for a beautifully written novel that captures life in rural England about 150 years ago, give Tess a try.

— Nancy Randall


Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich "relatives," the D Urbervilles, in hope that they might help her alleviate her own family's poverty. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare, Tess sees a potential escape from her past, but only if she can tell him her shameful secret.

About the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840 1928)is also the author of"Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Jude the Obscure.""
Product Details
ISBN: 9780099511625
ISBN-10: 0099511622
Publisher: Random House (UK)
Publication Date: May 1st, 2008
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics