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Tess Durbeyfield, the protagonist of this story is a poor young woman who belongs to the 19the century. The fact that separates her from the rest of the female characters of that period is that she is a hardworking girl, who is capable of working and getting her due diligence. But life never seems to be easy for Tess, whose life goes downhill when she meets her cousin Alec.
What makes this book stand out?
This book is unlike other books of that time and has presented ideas in the most nuanced way possible.
Read it for
This book provides a completely new perspective and point of view of the peasant society, who are often considered nonsensical. Thomas Hardy has also presented the protagonist, Tess, in a different light all together which is nothing similar like any of the contemporary literary characters of that time.
Don't read it for
The storyline is indeed depressing.