So I appreciate this is technically a day late, which means I’ve in theory failed the whole blog every day in May challenge. However I’m going to continue on with it as its something I want to do, but at the same time I just really didn’t have a spare moment yesterday, or time alone – in which to actually make my post.
Yesterday’s BEDM topic was Book Love, either about your favourite book or perhaps like a top five or something. My answer (unlike some people’s I’m sure) comes easily to me. My favourite book of all time is most definitely “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”. I haven’t read it for quite some time now, but it is one of the few books I’ve read more than once. I also own about three copies, one of which is quite a fancy hardback version of it.
Tess of the d’Urbervilles is a book by Thomas Hardy, that also has a very good BBC tv series made of it, starring Gemma Arterton. Its actually a very sad story about a common girl who finds out she has noble family connections and is sent off to visit her rich cousin. **spoiler*** She gets raped by one guy, which leads to her falling pregnant, only to return home ashamed and eventually lose that child. She then works as a milkmaid, falls in love and marries someone else, only to have him abandon her once he finds out the truth about her past. With very little choice she eventually ends up back with the original guy, married to him.
Clearly I appreciate I am not selling the book to you with this synopsis, but to tell too much more would spoil the read (if it hasn’t already). If you like “classic” stories, especially those of Thomas Hardy, I definitely suggest you read it. Don’t get me wrong I love an easy modern chick flick, a thriller or even a horror story but sometimes you really just can’t beat a classic like Wuthering Heights, Little Women or even To Kill A Mockingbird.