Log in

goodpods headphones icon

To access all our features

Open the Goodpods app
Close icon
headphones
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Loyal Books

A young man from a poor, working-class background, passionate about education, who aspires to become a professor. His teacher, a respected role model who turns out to have feet of clay. An independent, free-spirited woman. Another who is scheming, selfish and flirtatious. Dominating their lives is the magnificent university town of Christminster. All these and a host of other colorful, memorable characters inhabit the pages of Thomas Hardy's monumental fourteenth novel published in 1895. Thomas Hardy's fame as a novelist rivals that of even Dickens in Victorian literature. Creator of unforgettable novels like Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Under the Greenwood Tree and the Mayor of Casterbridge, his essential humanity and the depth that he brings to his characters are what sets him apart. A largely self-taught man, he went on to become a skilled architect and restorer of old buildings. His life-long love of languages, music, country-side life, languages and history emerges in most of his works. Jude the Obscure tells the story of a young orphan, Jude Fawley who is devoted to academics though his impoverished aunt (who rears him) wants him to start work as early as possible as a stone-mason. Jude's inspirational teacher, Richard Phillotson, leaves the village for better pastures in the university at Christminster, leaving Jude to dream about a future career as a teacher. Instead, the travails of his working-class background begin to slowly consume him. He is deceived into marrying Arabella Donn, the come-hither daughter of the local butcher. After many trials and tribulations, Jude reaches Christminster, where a terrible disappointment awaits him. Jude's meeting with his brilliant, free-thinking cousin Sue Bridehead is another turning point in his life. The novel scandalized Victorian readers when it first came out due to its revolutionary ideas about sexuality, women's rights and the rise of the working class. Copies of the book were publicly burned in London and other cities. Thousands of people wrote to Hardy from all over the world, severely criticizing him/the novel which shocked him into abandoning fiction-writing till his death. He continued to publish poetry and drama and remained a successful writer. In 1912, a new edition was well-received by more modern readers and the book delights young and old even today. The universal themes of marriage, love, class-distinctions, education, women's rights, religion and human migrations from their native homes to cities are brilliantly explored in Jude the Obscure, making it a must read classic.
bookmark
Share icon

All episodes

Best episodes

Top 10 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy Episodes

Goodpods has curated a list of the 10 best Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy episodes, ranked by the number of listens and likes each episode have garnered from our listeners. If you are listening to Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy for the first time, there's no better place to start than with one of these standout episodes. If you are a fan of the show, vote for your favorite Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy episode by adding your comments to the episode page.

No results found...

FAQ

How many episodes does Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy have?

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy currently has 53 episodes available.

What topics does Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy cover?

The podcast is about Literature, Fiction, Kids & Family, Podcasts, Books, Audiobook, Kids, Arts and Romance.

What is the most popular episode on Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy?

The episode title 'Part 1, Chapter 02' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy?

The average episode length on Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy is 17 minutes.

How often are episodes of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy released?

Episodes of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy are typically released every day.

When was the first episode of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy?

The first episode of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy was released on Nov 11, 2023.

Show more FAQ

Toggle view more icon

Comments

0.0

out of 5

Star filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey Icon

No ratings yet