Teaser Tuesday: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

TEASER TUESDAY: is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the Title & Author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser


The dying animal’s cry assumed its third and final tone, the shriek of agony; his glazing eyes riveting themselves on Arabella with the eloquently keen reproach of a creature recognizing at last the treachery of those who had seemed his only friends. — lines 801-803 (Kindle), Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

This teaser comes from a particularly disturbing and graffic scene where Jude and his new wife, Arabella, have to butcher a pig because the hired butcher did not appear to complete the job. I’m not a vegetarian, but completely understand the appeal after reading this passage.

So far, I am enjoying Jude the Obscure, although less than I’ve enjoyed some of Hardy’s other books. The strength of Hardy’s work, I believe, comes from his prose. It is very unique and eloquent. I would almost compare his use of language to that of the Harry Potter series. While Harry Potter obviously is geared towards children and uses more modern words, there is a cleverness to how both Hardy and Rowling turn a phrase. In tone, I would compare Hardy to John Irving. For both authors there is a sense of location and expansiveness, at least for me. I would also argue that there is an underlying loneliness present in each authors works.


5 responses to “Teaser Tuesday: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

  1. How very sad! Here is my teaser for this week.

  2. I hope that you enjoy your book. Here’s mine.

  3. The only Thomas Hardy I’ve read is Tess of the d’Urbervilles, but I remember enjoying it. What else by Hardy would you recommend?

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