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What the community says about Jude the Obscure
- "I have a hard time thinking of this book as intense. It's often described as controversial, but that's only by 19th century standards. For anyone living in the 21st century, it's pretty mundane. If this is difficult to finish, that's only because it fails to live up to its reputation as being scandalous."
- "One of the darkest books I've ever read and I say that not in a good way. I know Hardy isn't one of the most cheerful writers but this was just beyond depressing. It's just tragedy one after the other. It also didn't help that the plot was boring with a mediocre ending. I guess the book did better during his time. Definitely not a casual read and would not recommend for people looking for a light happy novel."
- "I was looking for some older books about romance and some scandals. I came across this book, and noticed it looked like quite the classic. It is a highly interesting read, and I would recommend it. I would get the physical version, since I had heard it can mess up on a reading device. It still should not be too bad though. The content of the book certainly makes up for any small kinks."
- "Though it was condemned even in the Victorian era, Jude the Obscure continues to be a best-seller in our modern era. The book itself is a journey of love and marriage, and unresolved dreams. It's not your classic Victorian era novel, but it is a hard and frank look at the times in which it was set. Thomas Hardy, the author, received much criticism for the novel in the time in which it was written, but still today, the ideas presented in the novel are relevant."
- "Of course, the language is quite different from our so-called "modern" English, but the descriptions of time, place, and characters are excellent. This is a dark novel, rather like reading the trials of Job in the Old Testament. In the days of the "happy" ending, this is a refreshing, realistic ending."