Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

By Thomas Hardy

  • Release Date: 2011-04-18
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 208 Ratings
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Tess Durbeyfield is a poor young woman living with her peasant family. Her days are simple, caring for her parents and aspiring to a quiet and happy life. But when her beauty catches the eye of the licentious Alec Stoke-d'Urberville, he takes advantage of her trusting nature and leaves her alone and pregnant. Tess is forced to cope with a sick infant and a society that vilifies unwed mothers. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, the handsome preacher's son Angel Clare, she struggles with the damager her dark past could do to her future.

Against the rural backdrop of southern England, Thomas Hardy weaves a tale that challenges sexual morality and unjust gender standards. It is a novel far ahead of its time.


  • Currently weeping in an emotional pit of dispair😟

    By AmberRose:)
    I walked into this knowing that it dealt with issues in a bleak manner, but I wasn't expecting for Thomas hardy to leave me feeling the way I did. I have literally just finished this after a seven hour sitting. I have never felt so many fluctuating emotions after finishing a book before (and I read a lot). I love Tess, and I hate the fact I do! I Ignored all of her flaws and I'm so angry at Hardy for making her so likeable because now I just feel lost. As much as I appreciate all of the emotional turmoil that comes with this story, for me, it is definitely a one time read. I don't think I could go through Tess' journey again and survive.
  • Don't listen to any review with the 50 shades of gray on it....

    By Googa556
    An amazing book. I could not put it down, very emotional indeed.
  • Man - This woman cannot catch a break!

    By Ems9897
    Beautifully written! Poetic language. But - the story us just so miserable! Everything goes wrong for this woman, and she patiently bears it all, does not speak up for herself and ends up worse for it! It is a manual of how not to be a woman! It is as miserable as Finnish tv dramas, and that is no compliment... Read it, but have an antidote ready at the end, so you can feel happy feelings again!
  • Tests of the d,Urbervilles

    By Oggfree
    I am happy to have at long last discovered Hardy and the classics, now I have at a somewhat older age a new passion to read as many of these books as I can and with the help of this digital age my eyes will hopefully be able to cope.
  • Tests of the d'Urbervilles

    By Nobbygezza
    Wow that was heavy going & I confess to skipping through some of it to avoid boredom getting to the next part of interest. The book could have actually been a short story if it had not been so descriptive about irrelevant issues. Would not recommend it
  • Who would have thought!

    By Shima uk
    What a storey. Do they come in this form any longer? T. Hardy was able to capture the life of this girl in such a way that it is hard not think of Tess and her misfortune after the book is finished. The tragedy, the sadness, the dream which never came truly true for her. Classic are hard and not ways easily read however with humour and great details even now one can understand without much of a knowledge. I enjoyed this book as it made one use much of its own imagination and fill in what was not said. Much enjoyed as many before me have and many after me will.
  • What a love story... But harsh..

    By funky curl!
    Very descriptive book.. Reason for me reading this book was due to the references in the fifty shades trilogy.. And there were quite a few similarities. Also now have a better understanding of what was meant between angel Clare and Alec debasement d'burville. But what a silly man...