Start: 6:30 pm
The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (Penguin Classics, $10.00). Suffering is central to this novel about Jude Fawley, a stonemason excluded by class from the privileged world of learning at Christminster, and his relationship with a modern emancipated woman, Sue Bridehead. Both have left earlier marriages and together attempt to brave the harsh world of law and convention, relying on their own impulses. Hardy's fearless exploration of sexual and social relationships and his radical critique of marriage scandalized the late Victorian establishment. With Jude the Obscure Hardy gives us an extraordinarily complex heroine and perhaps the most poignant expression of modern tragedy.