Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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In 1895 Hardy’s final novel, the great tale of Jude the Obscure, sent shock waves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy’s heroines, Jude takes on the world—and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference.

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The 170th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 15th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  2. - 23rd on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  3. - 36th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  4. - 76th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  5. - 98th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  6. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  7. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  8. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  9. - The Best Classics (The Times)

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