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Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1895



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The World According to Garp
John Irving

The Dark Room of Damokles
Willem Frederik Hermans


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'Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul?' Jude Fawley, poor and working-class, longs to study at the University of Christminster, but he is rebuffed, and trapped in a loveless marriage. He falls in love with his unconventional cousin Sue Bridehead, and their refusal to marry when free to do so confirms their rejection of and by the world around them. The shocking fate that overtakes them is an indictment of a rigid and uncaring society. Hardy's last and most controversial novel, Jude the Obscure caused outrage when it was published in 1895.

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BOOKS BY THOMAS HARDY:

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
1891
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.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
1886
Michael Henchard is an out-of-work hay-trusser who gets drunk at a local fair and impulsively sells his wife Susan and baby daughter. Eighteen years later Susan and her daughter seek him out, only to discover that he has become the most prominent man in Casterbridge.
Jude the Obscure
1895
Hardy called Jude the Obscure 'a deadly war waged between flesh and spirit'.
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