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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • Thomas Hardy
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  • 09 October 2016

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Tess of the D'UrbervillesTess of the d'Urbervilles is not a feel good book which sharply sets it apart from the other 19th century novels about young women think Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre for instance No it's sad and depressing to the point where it almost makes me angry Because poor Tess prone to making choices that are invariably the worst for her just cannot catch a break Because it's like she has majorly pissed off some higher powers that be and they are taking revenge giving her the most rotten luck Because Tess seems to have resigned herself to a future with few silver linings having learned to view herself through the cruel prism of social conventions Because it lacks any happiness and warm fuzzies that would make you want to reread this book while curled up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold rainy day¹¹ This lack of any feel good warm fuzzies and Hardy's relentless destruction of anything that can make Tess' life tolerable and of course combined with the fact that this book apparently is on the reuired reading list for many high schoolers and we all know how intolerable the books we have been coerced to read as teens can appear may be at least partially responsible for why so many of my GR friends dislike it the same people who apparently have enjoyed other 19th century novels about young women And yet I liked it Maybe because I read it without anyone's coercion without being forced to see the symbolism or make analyses of the themes and all that bullshit that high school students have to put up with during the endless hours of English classes Never in her life – she could swear it from the bottom of her soul – had she ever intended to do wrong; yet these hard judgments had come Whatever her sins they were not sins of intention but of inadvertence and why should she have been punished so persistently Because all symbolism aside blah blah Tess Nature destroyed by civilization and all that Hardy seems to be doing a pretty good job showing the stupidity of rigid morals applied to women in Victorian England the morals and attitudes that made women inferior and subservient to men Because uite a few things are wrong when a rapist offering to marry his victim is considered a good resolution to the 'situation' as he must be her 'real' husband because he was the first to claim her vagina with his penis regardless of whether she wanted him then or wants him now Because something is wrong when a woman becomes 'damaged goods' in the eyes of the society because of someone else's action actually when regardless of the action her worth is based on the state of intactness of her hymen¹¹ That attitude did not die with Victorian era of course It is still perpetuated and fed to the young members of the society Think for instance of all the young adult heroines that are 'pure' by the virtue of their virginity while there always or almost always appears to be an evil side character a 'slut' who dares to be sexually experienced Guess who is invariably preferred by all the romantic interests? That's right 'Sluts' are put in their place pretty uickly UghHardy does a great job portraying unhealthy relationships in this book without attempting to convince the reader that those are actually normal I will not go into details about the unhealthiness of Tess' relationship with her rapist that's self evident But her doomed relationship with Angel Clare is also painted as unhealthy and dangerous and not alluringly dangerous like many books are prone to depict such situations Tess' feelings for him are blinding and obsessive and the danger of those are clearly shown as she is ready to lose herself in him and even die for his sake Angel's feelings are treated eually harshly as instead of respecting and admiring Tess for the person she is he idolizes what he thinks she is he creates an idea of her being who he wants her to be and in that remains completely blind to who she actually is Hardy's portrayal of that ill fated relationship definitely does not glamorize the unhealthy aspects of it and I applaud him for itI did enjoy reading a book about a 19th century young woman who does not belong to the privileged class and whose ideas of poverty are not simply living in a smaller cottage and not being able to attend fancy balls I liked the idea of a woman who is capable of work and does not shy away from it; I loved how much Hardy tried to emphasize that the stereotypes of peasants as faceless mass of idiots were not true and how he stayed away from glamorizing money and pedigree Tess' supposed noble descent brings her nothing but pain after all She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly the thought of the world's concern at her situation was founded on illusion She was not an existence an experience a passion a structure of sensations to anybody but herself To all humankind besides Tess was only a passing thought Overall I enjoyed this book but I'm not sure I will ever reread it knowing now the turn the events in Tess' life take For my pleasure reads I will stick with the happily ever after of Lizzy Bennet thank you very much But meanwhile I'll be appreciating that Hardy had the perseverance to write a non feel good story of bad things happening to good people with lessons we can learn from it even now 375 stars rounding up to 4 Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780141439594When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall A very different man Angel Clare seems to offer her love and salvation but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future there will probably be spoilers here i will possibly rant if you don't know what happens in tess it is better not to read this review although frankly to my way of thinking hardy has so many superior novels stories poems that you would be better served just avoiding this one and going on to one of the great ones like jude or mayor of casterbridge instead but there is something sneaking up in me a bubblingly vague feeling of well wishing for poor doomed tess that makes me think i might convince myself of this novel's adeuacy if not greatness by the end of the reviewthere that should serve as enough blathering to hide any actual spoilers from the feedwho knew when i woke up this morning that i would be writing a review of my least favorite thomas hardy novels? no onebut i find myself thinking of this book a lot lately having just come off another retail christmas at the book factory and having had my readers' advisory skills put to the test in such a major way once i feel like i should say something about this book because i am so conflicted about it and every time i am called upon to suggest a classic or a sad book i find myself automatically drawn to hardy and i always say the same thing except for tessi never suggest tessand it is infuriating because i know for a fact that tess was hardy's favorite female character and i love hardy; i trust him but lordWHAT DOES HE SEE IN HER??tess is loyal and passionate but utterly hopeless she makes all the wrong decisions but she just keeps barreling along blithely well not blithely like trudging along determinedly hardy's whole philosophy in his books is that you make a mistake and you never ever stop paying for it but it is hard to see in this book just which mistake is the origin of the miseryif anything the mistake is not tess' own but her father's in getting too drunk to drive putting tess in the position of accidentally killing their horse as she takes the reins ooh a punthis is of course shades of mayor of casterbridge drinking causes all sorts of accidentsis the accident that of overreaching one's situation in life? can't be because the fake d'urberville's are doing just fine with their purchased title while the real ones are living in povertyis the mistake getting raped? probably not that it's her fault obviously but damn girl learn to recognize those wolves but no obviously someone in tess' position is not going to recognize a risk when she sees one sweet dummy sweet beloved by her creator dummy i can only assume that in this book that is meant to be the origin because everything that happens after that is just one kick in the ballsa ruined reputation a dead child falling for a man named angel freaking clare i mean honestly this should really have been another signal no man named angel clare is ever going to be open minded even if he has his own secrets hypocritical bastard ugh and then the rest of it oh god that damned rug what a terrible way to communicate sensitive information tess that is vintage hardy though and that plot development i am totally okay with in fact i think it is genius but then oh god redemption for an unsavory character and illness and death and forgiveness TOO LATE and murder and then THE WORST ENDING OF ALL TIMEseriously? stonehenge? you can't think of a subtler location than that for your situation? oh hardy you failed me thereand the ending is what ruins the book for me at the end of the day because i am going through this bit by bit now in writing this review and that is pretty much my biggest gripe tess as a character is fine she wouldn't be my favorite in all of literature but she makes sense as someone in her position she's no bathsheba everdene who is obviously hardy's most interesting and complicated female character but she means well and she is definitely a survivor but of the limping variety than the warrior kindand the series of misfortunes is also fine unlikely and depressing but fine nowhere near as perfectly intricate as mayor with its amaaaazing resolution but it is tidy and appropriate all toldyup now that i have actually sat down with this it is simply the presence of stonehenge that so grates upon me fuck stonehenge and your sacrificial maidens it clangs as an ending it is like someone letting loose a wombat during a funeral thomas hardy isn't supposed to be silly and this ending it unarguably silly so there it is mes amis tess redeemed through the power of review writingbut no amount of review writing will ever get me to accept stonehenge stupid stonehengecome to my blog Dear Tess of the D’UrbervillesI’m writing you this letter because you pissed me off I’m angry Tess I’ve got a lot to say to you and I want you to hear it I will warn you though; I’m not holding anything back We’re going to talk about everything everything that happens in your life from beginning to end How could you be so silly? How could you be so hapless and so helpless? Why do you seem to be an ill fated walking disaster of doom trodden woe? Why oh why did you never learn anything? Tess you’re an absolute idiot It’s okay I understand You were young and inexperienced in the beginning But why were you still by the end? Your only act of courage was nothing but pure stupidity It could only end one way after that How could you not see Alec’s wolfish nature in the beginning? The man forced fed you fruit; he made you part your lips whilst he shoved his all too suggestive strawberry in your mouth How could you not see the nature of such an imposing act? Read over it Tess See it from my point of view They are already here D'Urberville began gathering specimens of the fruit for her handing them back to her as he stooped; and presently selecting a specially fine product of the British ueen variety he stood up and held it by the stem to her mouthNo no she said uickly putting her fingers between his hand and her lips I would rather take it in my own handNonsense he insisted; and in a slight distress she parted her lips and took it inHow could you not see his motives? I understand that your mother didn’t teach you anything Your parents threw you into the world and let you bare their burdens of responsibility I understand that was a large task But still how can you not see that this man was sniffing round you and only after one thing? Why didn’t you run? Why didn’t you get as far away as possible form such an insincere degenerate cur as Alec D’Urberville? After that Tess I just couldn’t believe in your character I cannot believe that someone could possibly be as stupid as you Tess I’m sorry Tess but you were just badly written You just seemed a little bit too fatalistic It’s like you’d given up on life before you’d even experienced it You just went from disaster to disaster without realising that most men of your time were pigs You didn’t learn anything; it’s like you were born with a pre ordained destiny to take shit from everybody and then die You just trudged through muck and then went looking for afterwards If you’re characterisation is emblematic of Victorian womanhood then every Victorian woman has been terrible insulted I understand that the problems you faced were real You came across real injustice Tess There’s no denying that What Alec did to you was pure evil What Angel did you was nothing short of neglect One rule for men and another for women eh Tess You really experienced misogyny and injustice I know and I feel sorry for you but Tess you were just so unbelievably weak Why did you go running back to Angel after what he did to you? He clearly didn't love you Why did you wait for him for so long and just accept the negligence that he subjected you to How could you let yourself down like that? You should have gone on your own and become your own woman; you should have become empowered rather than crawling back to the bastards that mistreated you Your actions made no sense Your emotions and love changed with the wind I blame your creator Tess; I don’t think he knew uite what he wanted when he wrote you He made a character who was a survivor with a will to keep trudging through life’s shit but she kept going back to that shit again and again Rather than make you hopeless he should have had you learn from the evils of the world and become a woman who knew how to deal with it Then there’s the ending of your story Tess Why Stonehenge? Why did you run there of all places Why not go to the train station? Why did you let yourself be led along by that prat Angel Clare one time? AhhTess why did you waste your life? The men you met were assholes; your family were assholes too so why didn’t you just get away from it all? Your most tragic mistake Tess and your doom was not realising what was inside you Tess only if you realised only if the man who wrote you realised that women don’t need to rely on men; then the whole tragedy would have been avoided And I wouldn’t be writing this letter to a fictional corpse Yours sincerelyA very dissatisfied reader I hated this passionately which is perhaps unfair as the book is really uite admirable for tackling the subject of double standards applied to male and female sexual behaviour But this is one of the most depressing pointless novels I’ve ever read in my life I have loathed this book for ten years and I will not stop From my blogThis book was fantastic It was bleak and heartbreaking but fantastic I'm not sure I've ever been so sad for a main character before But wow Hardy can write I'm going to outline the plot including the ending so please note that there are SPOILERS AHEADTess Durbeyfield a poor girl finds out she's actually the descendant of the once mighty D'Urbervilles She goes in search of work at her relatives' home and meets Alec D'Urberville no actual relation he stole the name who seduces her and rapes her in the forest Bastard Tess leaves the D'Urberville estate to be with her family again and winds up pregnant The baby is born but uickly succumbs to deathTess who thinks her rape and death of her child are her own fault moves away to work at a dairy There she meets Angel Clare a kind man from a good family and the two fall in love Tess refuses his reuests for an engagement saying she's not worth him and her past would make him not love her He pleads with her and tells her it's not the case Finally she agrees and the two are wed That night they tell each other their deepest darkest secrets Angel admits to two drunken nights of debauchery which Tess forgives him for and Tess tells him the story about Alec and the child Angel decides Tess's sins are too great and leaves to Brazil to clear his head BastardTess then embarks upon a long journey of trying to pay penance for her sins by doing difficult manual labor Her letters to Angel go unanswered but she still blames herself When she finally hits rock bottom she goes to appeal to Angel's family for money although her pride never lets her go through with her plan On her way home she meets a street preacher who is none other than a reformed Alec D'Urberville although it's pretty apparent that his faith is transparent BastardTess tells him that she had had a child and it died and Alec proceeds to follow her around and asks her to marry him repeatedly saying he's her true husband because he raped her they had consumated their love Finally she gives in because she hasn't heard from Angel bastard and her family is in dire straits and is living in a graveyard Alec supports her and her familyAngel finally realizes that Tess was not responsible for her sins and decides to come back for her only to learn she's living with Alec Tess is so distraught knowing that Angel finally came back for her she never stopped loving him and blaming herself that she kills Alec go Tess and she and Angel go on the lam Tess is finally apprehended at Stonehenge and is soon put to deathYeah Seriously That's one depressing story As a woman who lives in 2007 I had a hard time feeling for Tess when I just wanted to scream it's not your fault he raped you Men at least in this book are bastards You're worth than them But of course this didn't occur to Tess in 1891 It was all her fault and she was paying for her sins The book was so bleak when it was bleak and so lovely the few times it was lovely Hardy's writing was very evocative and the subject matter was apparently scandalous in his day His descriptions of England were amazing too I listened to the audio book read by Davina Porter and it was wonderful She's a phenomenal reader one of the best so far My Rating 9 out of 10 for being so tragically bleak yet so fantastically written Also the mini series starring Justine Waddell is uh ma zing so if you don't feel like reading the book although I highly recommend it you can watch the movie instead The novel subtitles 'A pure woman faithfully presented' the novel expresses Hardy's rejection of the conventional heroine of the Victorian novel He provoked the cntroversies in that period However coming to the novel it is slightly different than the usual Hardy's fiction The novel is from the perspective of a girl and how she comes out of poverty ridden life 808 Tess of The D’Urbervilles Thomas HardyTess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 and in book form in 1892 Though now considered a major nineteenth century English novel and possibly Hardy's fictional masterpiece Tess is the oldest child of John and Joan Durbeyfield uneducated peasants However John is given the impression by Parson Tringham that he may have noble blood as Durbeyfield is a corruption of D'Urberville the surname of an extinct noble Norman family Knowledge of this immediately goes to John's head That same day Tess participates in the village May Dance where she meets Angel Clare youngest son of Reverend James Clare who is on a walking tour with his two brothers He stops to join the dance and partners several other girls Angel notices Tess too late to dance with her as he is already late for a promised meeting with his brothers Tess feels slighted عنوانها باکره دوربراویلز؛ تس دوربرویل؛ نویسنده تامس هاردی؛ دنیای نو ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه آگوست سال 1997 میلادیعنوان تس دوربرویل؛ نویسنده تامس هاردی؛ مترجم ابراهیم یونسی؛ تهران، فرهنگ نشر نو، 1383؛ در 543 ص؛ عنوان باکره دوربراویلز؛ نویسنده تامس هاردی؛ مترجم محمدصادق شریعتی؛ تهران، گویش نو، 1388؛ در 244 ص؛ با عنوانهای دیگر هم چاپ شده اطلاعات چاپ کتاب کامل نیستدر این داستان، «تس» دختری زیبا، از خانواده‌ ای تهیدست است او برای کار به خانه ای می‌رود، که نام از خاندان‌های اصیل آن دیار جعل نموده‌ اند پسر خانواده به «تس» تجاوز میکند، و او را صاحب فرزندی که پس از چندی می‌میرد «تس» پس از این رخداد، بدون یاری از کسی در یک گاو‌داری استخدام، و با مردی تحصیل کرده، به نام «انجل کلر» آشنا می‌شود «انجل» ادعا می‌کند که از سنت‌ها بریده، و از تعصب به دور است؛ اما هنگامی که «تس» در حضور وی اعتراف می‌کند که دوشیزه نیست، «انجل» او را ترک کرده به امریکا می‌رود و ا شربیانی This novel is really about timing it effects us all meet someone at the wrong time or go north instead of south your life can end badly Ordinary events can change our destiny Timing is everything Tess Durbeyfield is born into a poor rural southern English family of eight in the village of Marlott Wessex A lazy father John with a taste for the bottle and a mother Joan who would rather sing the latest songs than do the necessary chores at home But she grows up a very attractive woman and everyone notices especially young men Informed by a minister Parson Tringham an antiuarian that he Mr John Durbeyfield real name is the ancient one of D'urbervilles a honored wealthy family of the past They originated with a Norman knight of that name who came over with William the Conueror but now have lost all their lands and mansions just another destitute family in the late Victorian age John proudly boasts about it at the local watering hole getting drunk and his wife Joan has to fetch him which she is delighted to do The only fun she has outside the cottage Tess being the eldest child helps out her mother with the work of taking care of her brothers and sisters Her mother finds out that there is a very rich family of D'urbervilles not far away and urges her daughter to make a friendly visit Hesitating but finally decides to obey and go Arriving after a long walk Tess discoverers that the relatives are not Having changed their names from Stokes for the prestige But meeting Alec D'urbervilles the only son of a blind widow he calls her cousin in a mocking way A lecherous man of 23 Tess is only 16 Offered a job taking care of the eccentric old lady's pet birds she can't refuse her family needs the money Alec is always chasing her the innocent girl lasts four months there Tess comes back home no longer a girl After a few unpleasant years passed in the village and with her father ill she gets a job as a milk maid to support the family at a distant farm besides Tess hears whispers Becoming great friends with three other young women Izz Retty and Marian fellow workers there and roommates All fall madly in love with a handsome clergyman's son Angel Clare Who strangely wants to become a farmer not a minister in the Church of England like his two older brothers Which greatly disappoints his orthodox father and keeps him from receiving an university education Learning at the dairy but he has only eyes for the lovely Tess Angel keeps on asking her to marry him And the uneasy woman has a secret she would not want to disclose And Mr Clare comes from a stable middle class family Does Tess tell him and risk losing the man she loves Thomas Hardy's most famous and best novel I think but not for the very faint heart when the pathos flow I finally read this classic for a book club recently my own copy of the novel having languished on my shelves for too many years I realized after the book club meeting that I had probably expected it to be a discussion cum appreciation session Tess being after all a cornerstone in English literature Not a bit of it Woman who suggested it Well as you know I love the classics and I think this is a great book I’ve read it many timesMe sitting next to her I really liked it too and was glad to finally read it It was a tale of woe to be sure but I liked itA few comments like that follow it being the brief introductory roundNew guy I don’t know if I liked it or not it was just so looong I can see similarities with some of Balzac’s works and with Madame Bovary but there seemed to be something missing in Tess I don’t know I agree that Hardy can write but I really don’t know what I’m supposed to get out of this today I mean the view of this woman who’s supposed to be totally pure but doesn’t do anything? She just doesn’t DO anything – what’s that about? I really needed a reason for picking up this book or you know I need to know why this is still read I mean whyModerator Uhm This is just the brief introductory round so maybe we can come back to some of this?Everyone around the table is stunned into silence Before beginning our discussion of Tess we had briefly told the new guy our names and how long the group had existed four years The feeling was one of welcome goodwillModerator I think I know what you mean though I’m not sure what I thought about it either Yes it’s well written but there seems to be a lot of unnecessary melodrama and one or two situations that I found somewhat unconvincingMe Really? ButNew guy Yeah Hardy seems to overdo it sometimes and then at other times he spends 50 pages just wallowing in thoughts Nothing happens Me What? Lots of stuff happens But it’s not Dan Brown that’s true It’s a pastoral Victorian novel where we follow one woman’s journey and the hardships she goes throughCommunist vegan woman nodding In an era when women were still living in a man’s world and struggling to survive New guy But if we’re supposed to read it today give me a good reason I mean Tess is just so whiny and selfish One minute she’s pure then she isn’t Why doesn’t she just get up and leave when she doesn’t like her situation? How is her inability to act even relevant for today’s society? continues in a similar vein for about a minuteCommunist vegan woman getting worked up Listen Thomas Hardy had a very modern view of women This story is uite realistic but you’re taking a very northern view of this In some countries today if a woman has been with a man that’s it; they’re practically married In the eyes of the surrounding community they are And remember that scene where she hides her face with a scarf because she’s constantly getting shouted at by men? Tell me that’s not relevant today We hear news about stuff like that constantly the women are practically begging to be raped right?Me That’s a good point Also it was written in 1891 not in 2016 That’s way before women’s emancipation which by the way is still going on But I really don’t see how Tess is selfish She’s constantly trying to do good and help her family but she’s let down by everyone around her – her parents Alec Angel; society New guy I don’t see how her parents are to blame She is the one who decides to go here there and everywhere to get a new job or find Angel’s parentsCommunist vegan woman Oh she hardly decides It’s her parents who push her into contacting the D’Urbervilles in the first place Woman who suggested it And after that it’s povertyMe Exactly It’s the pastor at the beginning of the novel who gets the ball rolling when he mentions that her family is related to the famous D’Urbervilles Tess is caught up in her parents’ ambitions to form a connection with them And later she’s caught in both society’s view of how women should behave and in religious double standards And poverty is underneath all of itModerator I see that that’s what Hardy wants us to believe but I don’t really buy it I mean why does Tess view spoilerkill Alec at the end? hide spoiler

About the Author: Thomas Hardy

A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873 In the novel Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists Knight literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years This became the archetypal — and literal — cliff hanger of Victorian prose Excerpted from