Tag Archives: Thomas Hardy

A pair of blue guys

I’m a sucker for anything Thomas Hardy. I cannot help it, he’s really good and A Pair of Blue Eyes is pretty much a masterpiece. Here is a very capricious girl who end up playing with the feelings of every guy who crosses her path. She’s more than ready to change alliances every time she meets a hunk. Funny enough every one of the four guys she meets is in a better social position that the previous one until she finally becomes a lady. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t sympathize with her or with the main male characters, Stephen and Henry. The first was clueless and the second such a saint that was unbearable. Don’t get me wrong, this novel is a page turner and so well developed and well written that to me is Hardy’s best work. The fact that the characters are so flawed adds to its greatness. I only expect that I may be able to write a ‘magnum opus’ close to it.

Tagged , ,

I hate Angel Clare

Oliver Milburn playing Angel Clare in a BBC production

Look at him, acting as if he were God’s gift to poor Tess

Since I’ve been reading I decided to read some of my favorite books-following a suggestion I read somewhere-to see why I like them so much and what is the author doing right.

I’m reading Thomas Hardy‘s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and I realized I just loathe Angel Clare. I hate him, hate him, hate him. He’s an hypocritical bigot that chastises and abandons his wife for something he has done himself and when he comes back years later acts as she has to take him back just because.

I think Hardy made a great characterization. We believe he’s the open-minded man Tess needs in her life and he turns out to be a total jerk.  We should expect that from Alec D’Urberville, I mean, he IS the bad guy, but Angel a jerk?  With such a name? This character is one of Hardy’s most brilliant achievements. The name throw us completely out, his first actions make us believe his is one way, and out of the blue he puts his name to shame. And when he comes back he ruins Tess’ life. (To be fair it was already ruined by Alec who is the real bad guy. Poor Tess didn’t stand a chance.)

This is one of the kind of characters I want to write, one that creates mix emotions in readers even if they end up hating them with a passion.

Tagged , , ,
%d bloggers like this: