I was blown away by Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Written in the 19th century, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a powerful, moving novel that still holds readers’ attention from page one. It was our book club’s choice for September and October, but really isn’t that long, yet I’m glad I didn’t have to race through it in a month.
It’s the story of a young woman from a poor family who has hardship after hardship. No one cuts her a break. Yet she keeps on going. She doesn’t have any lofty aspirations, unlike her pathetic father who’s already a drinker, but becomes more useless once he hears that he’s descended, in more ways than one, from an aristocratic family.
I’d seen the movie in the 80’s and vaguely remembered some scenes and the tone of the story. I also remember Monty Python spearing Hardy quite often. Yet this is a well written book about a compelling character. I’m so glad I read it.