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Reading Prompt: A book set in a different century - "Tess of d'Urbervilles: a Pure Woman Faithfully Presented" by Thomas Hardy

I would decribe it as The Anti-Manifesto of the Victorian era and double standards.

Why it's worth reading:

✓Hardy is a master of suspense
✓ Juxtaposition of "fallen" woman and pure woman
✓ The book was considered scandalized at the time of its publication
✓ Irony as a primary literary device
✓ Awesome metaphors (for ex., Tess acts like clockwork every time she is harrassed)

Why you might want to put it aside:

✓ Some of the protagonist actions look a bit annoying and illogical for the 21st century reader
✓ Ugly male characters: both Angel and Alec contributed to the tragedy at the end
✓ Descriptions of the country life might seem boring. For those who don't want to waste time on them, I would recommend 1979 movie.

8 out of 10 for the book in general. 10 out of 10 for the prot and style👍

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