With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels.
© & (P)1994 Penguin Books Ltd
I have been a fan of Thomas Hardy for 50 years and consider this to be his greatest novel. What makes this recording so memorable and moving is the reading by Eleanor Bron. Her accent is convincing and her intonation, range of volume and emotion brought the book to life for me more even than reading the book itself. It is very rare for a recording to do this. Tess is, indeed a "pure woman". From the young girl dancing on the green to her waking at Stonehenge, I was entranced and I even found myself being drawn into the story as if I were a character - angry with Angel and sad for Tess. This is one of my most-played recordings.
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