Book Review: “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” (1891) by Thomas Hardy

Gemma Arterton in the 2008 BBC adaptation.

Gemma Arterton in the 2008 BBC adaptation.

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When I first read Tess of the D’Urbervilles, I was nineteen years old; every fifty pages or so I would let out a sound of frustration, slam the book shut, and fume silently with my arms crossed for a few minutes before sighing and picking it up again. Tess made me angry. Six years and a whole lot of gender studies later, this book makes me furious.

And that is a good thing.

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