Jude the Obscure, published in 1895, may be deemed the most debated – most hated as well – novel by Hardy. It tells the story of Jude Fawley and Sue Bridehead. Jude is a working-class man who dreams of becoming a scholar. In strange but familiar circumstances, he develops a tragic relationship with his cousin, Sue Bridehead. A sexual relationship between cousins was the reason this novel was criticised vehemently by the traditionalists at that time. Hardy tries to explore themes of class (as often), education, and religion in this novel. However, anything the history may tell you, the novel is interesting, intriguing and compelling enough to keep you engaged throughout. Hardy’s writing, as always, may sound inspired by his faith in fate and infallible trust in the misfortune of humankind. However, even with this attribute, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure remains one of his most-read novels!
Review by Nidhi for Read then Wrote
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy – Book Review
Nothing to take away – a classic and a must-read for those who understand Hardy!