Jude The Obscure

I took this book out of the library,

because somebody,

I’m trying to get to know,

told me,

it was her favourite book,


top two.

As mentioned,

in a previous post,

I have attempted Hardy,


without much success.

This book is different,

I’m going to let you in,

on a little secret,


is a name,

I have real fondness for,

Saint-Jude was,

my Grandmaman’s,

favourite saint,

the patron of lost causes.

I figure,


it’s an omen:-)


this novel is brilliant.

But, it is so dark,

I had trouble finishing it.

I know, a few of you warned me!!

Jude is a Stone Mason,

who wants to be a scholar,

he dreams of going to the university,


men of his rank, class, village,

do not attend the university.

Jude, would like to beat the odds.

He teaches himself,

reads and reads,

teaches himself Greek and Latin,

the tools of the scholar.

He meets a woman,

she takes him off his course,

and traps him into marriage.

His wife is so wrong for him,

Jude would now have been described as a young man with a forcible,meditative,earnest… countenance. page 85

Arabella, his wife,

is a pig farmer’s daughter,

ambitious and practical,

a tad,


A sensitive, would be scholar,


an ambitious farmer’s daughter,

ill suited and miserable,

that is what characterises,

their union.

But, Jude has a sense of duty,

and propriety,

he carries on.

Arabella, not hindered,

by such things,

leaves him to go to,

Australia with her parents.

It is for the best,

they don’t love each other.

Jude will meet his cousin, Sue,

of whom he has heard tell,

all his life.

Sue, will bring light and love,

as well as,

confusion and pain,

into his life,


their love cannot,

exist in a world of convention,

and religion.

Their marginality as a couple,

will bring horror and,

unspeakable tragedy to them,



I don’t want to spoil anything,

by telling you about,

Jude and Sue.

I will say this,

they go from being,

she: a brilliant,marginal thinker,

he: an earnest dreamer,

to broken people.

I make you want to read the book, huh?

Hardy, is violently critical,

of the institution of marriage,

marriage sanctioned,

by state and church.

Love and commitment,

have nothing to do,

with laws and conventional morality. 

It is about the people involved,

and should concern only them.

I also think the novel is about,

how being true to yourself is,


and everyone will try and stop you,

and force you to conform,

and ultimately truth might,

destroy you.

Not exactly a light read.

Of course, a lot has changed,

since 1895,

the year of publication.


is seen in a much better light,

in some circles,

practically a must,



I am looking at this,

through my western world,

big city,



things haven’t changed that much.

In my world the church,

has very little impact,

in some places,

I’m thinking,

much more.

I don’t mean to be reductive,

this is a novel,

of immense complexity,

and Jude and Sue,

are fascinating characters.

I wonder what it says about you,

when it is your favourite book?

That you believe,

love and marriage are,


and that non-conformity,

leads to horror,


on the contrary,

that we must strive,

against all odds,

to be,


and to,


Quite a read,

don’t read if, depressed or in….. february.

I think, I’ll lay off the 19Th century,

for a while.

Later girls,


Library visit and my continuing search for…

Another glorious day here,

in La Belle Province,

well my part of it,


I decided to go to the library,

I had some books to bring back,

and I wanted to,

pick up a couple more.

A few weeks ago,

a new acquaintance,

told me,

what her favourite books were,

and I decided to check them out,

both figuratively and literally.

You can tell a lot about a person,

from her favourite books ,


if you haven’t read them,

you better get crackin’:-)

So, my library loot:

I still have,

Making Things Better and

Look At Me,

both by Anita Brookner.

I heard many good things about Brookner,

on various book blogs,

she writes about the loner,

and the loner,

fascinates me.

So, no brainer,

check out Brookner.

The two books I took out today,

Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy

and a children’s classic,

Where The Red Fern Grows,

by Wilson Rawls.

It’s funny,

I’ve started reading children’s classics,

in the last four, five years,

Harriet The Spy,

Charlotte’s Web,


and they are charming and heartwarming,

better late than never.

This lady assures me,

Where The Red Fern Grows,

is super and makes your heart sing,


 in my opinion,

you can never have,

too much singing heart,

I will be reading it this week.

Jude The Obscure,

for it’s part,

is described as the story of,

a non-conformist.

I consider myself a non-conformist,

I tried to read Tess Of The D’ubervilles,

many years ago,

I think I wasn’t ready for Hardy,


perhaps that has changed.


Later girls,