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The novel is set in impoverished rural Wessex during the Long Depression. Tess is the eldest child of John and Joan Durbeyfield, uneducated rural peasants. One day, Parson Tringham informs John that he has noble blood. Tringham, an amateur genealogist, has discovered that "Durbeyfield" is a corruption of "D'Urberville." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tess_of_the_d%27Urbervilles

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    Tess of the DlUrbervilles

    I really enjoy reading the classics! Obviously some are better than others... This book was well written, kept you interested in the characters and plot, and kept you wondering what would eventually happen to Tess. I did get confused on some of the plot, and had to google the references to see how I missed the point, but overall a great read..

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    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Very powerful book, but very sad.

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    Classic

    Particularly loved the descriptive writing style. The characters are well brought out. Story continuously draws in the reader. An ultimate page turner.

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    Heart wrenching

    So sad and heart wrenching and confusing!

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    Tess of The D'Urbervilles

    This was such an emotionally draining book, that I could only read so much at a time, and I'd have to set it down, walk away, and process it for awhile before returning and resettling my mind. Some things just really get to me, and this was one of them! I just couldn't get over how frustrating it was to read all the situational irony and tragedy, knowing that what I would have done in their situation would have avoided that pain and utter misery (but that's what makes the book, right?). Very well-written, I enjoyed studying the writing style it possessed. This classic novel is so rich in underlying meaning and symbolism, I would have to read it a second time to more fully grasp it, along with studying references from that time period (1800s?). This time was a let's-actually-finish-a-book-we-start-in-a-reasonable-amount-of-time read, so when encountering period references and symbolism, I just took a quick educated guess and wrote brief notes to refer back to that and study it. I definitely plan on reading it again, not any time soon, but someday, as I do want to further study the meaning, and I did immensely enjoy the period at Talbothays that Tess and Angel enjoyed together before past offences (however innocent they may have been) tainted their pure and happy future together, sadly, right after their marriage finally began. Star-crossed lovers, anyone? Alas, however sad these stories are, I can't resist the pull of a good classic romance - Paris and Helen of Troy, Pyramus and Thisbe, Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, and eventually Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan - they all enchant me and leave me heartbroken and bewildered afterwards. But the story was a vividly beautiful tangible tale, and most importantly, REAL to life and times classic that transported me to another time and place, leaving my worries behind me even if but for a fleeting period of time. All in all, READ IT - you won't be disappointed.

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