Do you ever go back and reread your favorites books like you revisit your favorite restaurant or museum? Do you ever ask yourself why?
I reread Tess of the D’Ubervilles, by Thomas Hardy, every 5 years since I was twenty years old. He wrote the book in 1891 to mixed reviews because of its challenge to the Victorian ideals of his time. In fact, after he finished his last novel, Jude The Obscure, to more criticism, he stopped writing novels altogether and kept to poetry.
His book is poetic and tragic and modern in his thinking. His depth and compassion for a female character, in the context of his time period, is astonishing enough. The censoring and revising and his need to add to the title A Pure Woman is equally as fascinating and I recommend learning about the background of this book if that sort of thing interests you…
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