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Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

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Offline Happy Reader Reading The Last Queen of England by Steve Robinson
19 Mar 2013, 06:47 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I read Jude the Obscure last year. It is interesting how everyone is saying how contemporary Jude is. The marriage, separation, cohabiting etc. The story was not a happy one.

Sue I found very unsympathetic as a character. Why could she not allow herself to be happy. They had already been through so much together. Both Jude and Sue were very unworldly. After reading this I really want to read more Hardy.

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21 Mar 2013, 11:35 PM | Post: #12

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Got 10% read today whilst waiting for my hospital appointment. Finding it hard to get into, but I will persevere with it as my mum reckons it is a great book so have to read it all to see if I can disagree with her again.
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I was a bit late to start this, but am at about 30% now and enjoying it.
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22 Mar 2013, 01:47 PM | Post: #14

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(22 Mar 2013 12:32 PM)joo Wrote: Wrote:  I was a bit late to start this, but am at about 30% now and enjoying it.
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I thought the book started well with the description of the boy Jude minding the field but deciding to share some of the crop with the birds.

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22 Mar 2013, 08:50 PM | Post: #16

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I am in the middle of this and am slowly ploughing through it. I am enjoying it but it isn't easygoing at times, especially as I usually read when already tired late at night. I'll read the other posts and add my thoughts when I'm done.
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Offline Mel Armstrong Reading Gray Justice by Alan Mcdermott
26 Mar 2013, 12:28 AM | Post: #17

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

only just joined the book club, have downloaded Jude the Obscure, don't think I stand a chance of getting through it before the end of the month -not becaouse of the book but my inability to read only one thing at a time. I've not read Hardy before so am loathed to give in without giving it a good go, you never know when a new favourite will be discovered
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

(26 Mar 2013 12:28 AM)Mel Armstrong Wrote: Wrote:  only just joined the book club, have downloaded ┬áJude the Obscure, don't think I stand a chance of getting through it before the end of the month -not becaouse of the book but my inability to read only one thing at a time. I've not read Hardy before so am loathed to give in without giving it a good go, you never know when a new favourite will be discovered
No problem, Mel.
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26 Mar 2013, 09:54 AM | Post: #19

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

Don't worry Mel, because Jude is a long book we are not voting for the next one until April, so you will have plenty of time to read it before we move on. Also the thread is left open after we start reading a new book, so we can continue to discuss it for as long as we like. Smile

Personally, I love Thomas Hardy, and thoroughly enjoyed Jude. It is a tragic tale, but you can draw similarities between life then and life in modern times. It was a bit difficult when there were quotes of works he was reading being quoted, but I think that allowed us to relate to some of the struggles that Jude faced as he tried to study.
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of Jude The Obscure

I'm on about 50%. I keep picking up other books alongside this one. It's very well-written and still has my attention but I'm finding it very plodding at the moment. I found 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' a much easier read.
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