Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Grade: A+

When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 5/10
Ending: 7/10
Voice: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 64/70

Obtained: Bought.

Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Some, but very limited.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Drinking.
Sexual Content: Implied sexual activity/ rape.
Disturbing Images/Violence: A few graphic deaths.


As classical novels go, I actually enjoyed this one. Though the pages seemed eternal and there were tedious details of every little thing, this novel was written beautifully and contains a tragic and heartbreaking story.

The intense character development was obvious. The inner turmoil of each character was honest, believable, and frustrating (in a good way). When the hugest of changes came about in the characters, it was authentic and convincing.

The plot was also extremely detailed. Every minuscule event had a purpose to be discovered later on. The relationships between the characters and theirs to the plot was flawless and true. My only complaint is that some conflict was drawn out to the point of exasperation; and some events seemed to repeat themselves multiple times in different settings.

The ending is unnerving and powerful. The novel is dark and passionate. The story takes forever to read, but is worth it. :)


  1. I watched the movie and wanted to slit my wrists. I liked the book though. It wasn't as insipid and suicide-inspiring as the film, thank god.


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