Tess of the Durbervilles
BlurbA heartbreaking portrayal of a woman faced by an impossible choice in the pursuit of happiness
When 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. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, subtitled "A Pure Woman," is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels.
Based on the three-volume first edition that shocked readers when first published in 1891, this edition includes as appendices: Hardy's Prefaces, the Landscapes of Tess, episodes originally censored from the Graphic periodical version, and a selection of the Graphic illustrations.
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I'm not one to read a lot of the classics, in fact I feel guilty for reading a lot of the "pop" books that are put out, but hey, I read what I want. That being said, I loved this book. I thought it was a really great tragedy and wasn't dry, like I find a lot of classics to be. I couldn't put this book down and mourned with all the characters. It inspired me to download a few more classics and see how I manage them.