Anybody else watch part one on Masterpiece last night?
I cried like, three times!
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite books, and after watching the movie again last night, I was wanting to go back and bath myself in its pages to remind myself why I like it so much.
On screen its tentative blows seem to strike harder and more deliberate than the ones from the page. Somehow seeing it come to life reveals more of its harsh undertones. I will admit, it was tough to watch.
Having read almost all of Hardy's books over the years (yes, I'm a gluten for punishment), I find his character of Tess the only one who suffers the most, despite her lack of sin. Meaning, nothing that happens to her is her fault. Yet she bares it all with beauty and wisdom. The ultimate sufferer for those she loves. Her family, although they use her and treat her unfairly, and Angel, her perceived redemption.
Apparently, the book caused quite a scandal at the time because of its reference to rape, even though he barely alludes to it. He refused to change its contents however, citing that to change that element would change his main character altogether. I'm inclined to agree with him. He finally found a publisher that would let his story remain intact.
An American publisher, of course. We Americans are such stinkers....