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

MY 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.

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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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