Item description for Tess of the dUrbervilles (Complete Classics) by Thomas Hardy...
Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is Hardy's masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family's poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles.Violated by the son, Alec, her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past. Set among the lush pastures and bleak uplands of Hardy's imagined Wessex, and filled with unforgettable images of tenderness and tragedy, the story examines conventional morality through Tess herself, one of the best-loved characters in English literature.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos AudioBooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 2.4" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 6, 2008
Publisher Naxos AudioBooks
ISBN 9626348674 ISBN13 9789626348673
Availability 0 units.
More About Thomas Hardy
Tragedy haunts the works of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), whose fiction abounds in star-crossed lovers and other characters thwarted by fate or their own shortcomings. Hardy's outspoken criticism of Victorian society excited such profound controversy that the author abandoned fiction and in the 20th century published only poetry.
Thomas Hardy lived in Egdon Heath. Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Tess of the dUrbervilles (Complete Classics)?
Wonderful Audio Book Oct 15, 2009
This is one of the better audio books that I've listened to. The reader, Anna Bentinck, did an excellent job with the characterizations, especially of the heroine, Tess. She made Tess sound just as I would have imagined her to sound. She also did a good job with the other people in the story. The more I listen to audio books, the more important to me good characterizations are. It makes the story much easier to follow and highlights the emotions involved.
This is the first time that I have read a Thomas Hardy book and was very impressed. He effectively explored the issues of guilt and forgiveness in a 19th century perspective that can also be applied universally. The main character has so many good qualities that seem to go against her. She seems to bring out the best and worst of people.
The secondary characters are also explored effectively and show realistic ways that people would react in the same situations. The ending was very interesting and came as a surprise to me, but also made some sense after I thought about it. I will definitely read other Thomas Hardy novels.
I highly recommend this audio book. It will be a very worthwhile experience.