Excellent book. I prefer Far from the Madding Crowd, but I think that’s possibly because it had a different ending (I’m almost tempted to say a happier ending, but then that was never a ready I preferred one book to another, was it? Right?).
It was a book simply filled with tension, because it was just so… unfair, for Tess. And I found myself getting angry several times during the book, and not the least of which was the scene where the secrets where laid bare between Tess and Angel. This was bait and switch, baby!
I’ve a work document to prepare before I head to bed, and this sentence has no business doing in a book review, but it speaks to my state of mind as I write this. The writing is brilliant, and the plot moved along well enough. It’s the ladies, I tell you. In this time period what happens to the ladies and how they are treated and how they feel like there’s literally nowhere else to turn to when things go sour is so unfair.
The ending was almost shoddy, in my opinion. Tess’s act at the end there was almost clumsy and if I didn’t know any better Hardy himself didn’t know how to get her out of the quandary and decided to just fast track everyone to the ending. After what happened it was clear what was to come, so no surprises there, but everyone was frankly an ass to her, and what happened to her again smacks of total injustice.
It’s a great book. Read it. Despite my bah.
[Finished in March 2016 – exact date unknown]