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    Thomas Hardy(Author)

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Jude the Obscure, the last completed novel by Thomas Hardy, began as a magazine serial in December 1894 and was first published in book form in 1895. Its protagonist, Jude Fawley, is a working-class young man, a stonemason, who dreams of becoming a scholar. The other main character is his cousin, Sue Bridehead, who is also his central love interest. The novel is concerned in particular with issues of class, education, religion and marriage.

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  • Thomas Hardy(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2018)
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  • By K. masters on September 25, 2015

    this is a famous text about the corrupting effect that religious belief has on lives of the fragile and vulnerable. It seems like a an adaptationof the "World breaks Everyone" .to "Religion breaks everyone", ' found in A Farewell to arms" Religion breaks every one. IG breaks the veryThe world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929US author & journalist (1899 - 1961)

  • By Mitylene Kuc on September 2, 2015

    1895 Wessex, England. Arabella a pig farmers daughter met Jude Fawley one Sunday they later married. Arabella failed to distract Jude from learning Greek finally she left for Australia. Jude studied Greek at Christminster eventually he left having failed his exams. On meeting his cousin Sue Bridehead at Christminster he gave her sympathy discovering that her landlady had in anger smashed a small figurine and expelled her from the premises - they met with Mr Phillotson a school teacher at Christminster. Mr Phillotson asked Sue if she would succumb to school teaching as a means of living, she agreed. Nearing the end of her studies it was rumoured that she had visited and staid the night with her cousin Jude after much reassurance Mr Phillotson decided to clear the issue up and reinstate Sue, later he married her. Some months past when Sue appeared at Judes door declaring she did not share the same feelings as her husband and asked Mr Phillotson if she could leave and join her cousin Jude in happiness - Mr Phillotson agreed. Arabella returned from Australia with Judes' son, Sue and Jude had two children, Arabella was insistant and wanted Jude their son to be with his father - Jude, and Sues' two children. Jude left Christminster for the second time because he was asked if he was married, they found out Sue and Jude had three children and were not married he was asked to leave his job as a stonemason carving stoneheads. They travelled from one place to another, it was very unsettling for them and especially for the young children who took it seriously being winter. Many lodgings would not let them stay because they had children after one such encounter Jude the eight year old son decided if this is the right social order then we must be doing the wrong thing he helped his father by killing the two step siblings. Jude the father when he discovered this he strangled his son. Sue said she could not live with this and slowly walked away into the snow - Jude called after her and said,"We are man and wife if ever there was a marriage on this earth". He knew that she would find the man she married the school teacher Mr Polliotson.1840 - 1928 Thomas Hardy from Dorchester, Dorset England. Classic witnessed encounters audited, Jude the Obscure, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge. A humane look at inhumanity woven in intriguing laws.

  • By Christopher Culver on March 26, 2014

    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 lower 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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