Beautiful Books: Jude The Obscure

Thomas Hardy's classic novel, Jude The Obscure, is one of my favourite books - and is a thing of beauty. There are many reasons why I think it's so beautiful, but the main reason has to do with Hardy's dealing of romance and marriage. In Jude he tells the story of a pure romance, one that doesn't need a piece of paper to justify their love. It's not that I think badly of marriage - I am happily married, myself! - it's just a beautiful, romantic notion, that is so powerfully written about. He also created a one-of-a-kind heroine in Sue Bridehead, a delicate yet powerful figure - who, incidentally, is portrayed beautifully by Kate Winslet in the film of the same name.

Have you read Jude The Obscure? Let me know what you think!


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