Thomas Hardy in "World classic"

 - Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy

Jude the Obscure

This book's hero Jude Fawley is a lower-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, Arabella, and his intellectual cousin, Sue. Themes include class, scholarship, religion, marriage, and the modernisation of thought and society.

 - Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Dramatic life story of a young woman born in a poor peasant family. After experiencing many difficulties in life, it kills the hateful man and is trying to find happiness.

 - Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd

The title is apt, as the life of the book's heroine, Bathsheba Everdene, living in the quiet rural village of Weatherbury is indeed disrupted by the «madding crowd».

 - The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge

In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper.

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