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May 5th, 2019
10th grade English! Loved this!
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Jun 23rd, 2015
Very much in the style of Charles Dickens but a little easier, this classic has all the usual elements of Victorian literature. It is tragic yet entertaining. Tess is a woman you want to rescue throughout the whole book as she is so good yet so victimized. I was surprised at the ending. Some might think this book is a bit sappy. But I like it. It kept my attention.
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Sep 25th, 2014
beautiful, depressing and impressing
Aug 18th, 2014
one of my favourite books, highly highly recommended
Jan 2nd, 2014
Better than I thought it would be, but took awhile to get into. Overall I enjoyed it.
Nov 6th, 2013
Jul 21st, 2013
I wish I could say that I liked this book, given that it is considered a classic, but I pretty much hated every minute of it. I understand what the author was trying to do, but I found the story unnecessarily maudlin and the symbolism exceptionally heavy-handed. Tess herself was just too virtuous and frail to be likable or interesting as a main character. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because it is useful as a representation of Victorian-era thought, but I wouldn't read it expecting to have any sort of fun.
Jun 23rd, 2013
May 1st, 2013
Tess of the D'Urbervilles appears on these lists...
34th on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert
26th on The Big Read by BBC