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  •  I agree (6+ / 0-)

    Every time someone mentions a bummer in a movie or book, I think about the scene in Jude the Obscure where Jude finds the solution his eldest devised for lessening Jude's burden of feeding 3 children. I think that out-bummers them all. I might consider rereading Tess but never ever Jude.

    "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." Kurt Vonnegut

    by scilicet on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 02:08:29 PM PST

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    •  The Mayor of Casterbridge did it for me. (4+ / 0-)
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      High school English class. Vowed never again.

      He's a horrible writer. Not only depressing, but long-winded as well.

      Together, those faults are the death-knell of the modern writer.

      Oh, oops: he's not a modern writer, he's in the pre-Austen tradition of horrible. Could have given Richardson a run for his money.

      But compared to Austen? Useless: and not worth reading, imo.

      (Brecht will disagree ;-)

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 01:08:41 AM PST

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      •  I will join in Brecht's disagreement (4+ / 0-)
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        I'm not ashamed to be a Hardy fan and have come to his defense more than once here.  I too read him in high school, both The Mayor of Casterbridge and Return of the Native, but went on to read many of his other novels over the years, always with an appreciation of his sense of place and nature, his brooding view of humanity and his ability to weave a plot that stays on track.  He was a real storyteller.   If I want to get lost in the moors, Hardy is an excellent guide and companion.

        I won't go into a full blown apologia of Hardy here because this is Jane's time to shine in the sun.  Besides they are writers who don't belong in the same orbit.  It is entirely possible to love them both.

        (You might be interested in knowing my brother.  He read The Mayor of Casterbridge in high school and is still grumbling about it.  You'd think it was the worst thing that ever happened to him.)  

        It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

        by Radiowalla on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 08:20:52 AM PST

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