Jude the Obscure
1895. Hardy, English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement, whose powerfully delineated characters, placed in his native Dorset, struggle helplessly against their passions and external circumstances. Jude the Obscure is Hardy's last, and most controversial, novel looks as Jude Fawley's ambitions to go to university are thwarted by class prejudice and his entrapment in a loveless marriage. His doomed love affair with his unconventional cousin has tragic consequences. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
I read this in 2009 and it was my first Hardy. I really liked it. I guess it was his last novel. The main character, Jude, wants to be a scholar. The other character is Sue, his cousin and his love. The novel is concerned with issues of class, education, religion, morality and marriage. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vlodko62 - LibraryThing
Tragic, heartbreaking. Either the last great novel of the 19th Century, or the first modern novel. I have not read this book in over 30 years, but my heart aches every time I think about it. Read full review