The Well-Beloved PDF/EPUB Ú Paperback

The Well-Beloved PDF/EPUB Ú Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 196 pages
  • The Well-Beloved
  • Thomas Hardy
  • 23 July 2017
  • 054390332X

10 thoughts on “The Well-Beloved

  1. Issicratea Issicratea says:

    The Well Beloved is Hardy s last novel or his penultimate, depending on how you count and it has a distinctly elegiac, valedictory feel about it The ostensible theme is beauty and the artist s and lover s desire to possess and appropriate it but it is also about ageing and memory and the vanishing of youth There is something of a presentiment of Proust about this novel, and I wasn t surprised to learn that Proust knew The Well Beloved and liked it He has an interesting comment about it in The Well Beloved is Hardy s last novel or his penultimate, depending on how you count and it has a distinctly elegiac, valedictory feel about it The ostensible theme is beauty and the artist s and lover s desire to possess and appropriate it but it is also about ageing and memory and the vanishing of youth There is something of a presentiment of Proust about this novel, and I wasn t surprised to learn that Proust knew The Well Beloved and liked it He has an interesting comment about it in a letter of 1910, which recognizes the thematic analogies between Hardy s work and his own Je viens de lire une tr s belle chose qui ressemble malheureusement un tout petit peu ce que je faisLa Bien Aim ede Thomas Hardy Il n y manqu m me pas la l g re part de grotesque qui s attache aux grandes oeuvres.Proust has a point about the grotesque Hardy s protagonist, Jocelyn Pearston in the 1892 serialized version of the novel I read or Jocelyn Pierston in the 1897 revised book publication , pulls off the remarkable feat of falling in love successively with three generations of women in the same family with the same name, Avice Caro Hardy manages the intrinsic farce of this situation well, at the same time that he works it for his deeper, philosophical themes Caro means flesh in Latin, with all that implies When Jocelyn confesses to Avice Mark III that he has loved her grandmother and her mother prior to her, the girl asks sardonically whether he loved her great grandmother as well.Incidentally, I feel no qualms about giving away aspects of this novel s preposterous plot, because plot is so little a part of it It s less a realist novel than a symbolist poem or, better, it s a strange mixture of the two.On the symbolist poem side of the equation, one thing I liked about the novel was its impressive philosophical density, and especially the interesting, highly self conscious way in which it engages with the Platonic theme of idealized love as a groping after divine or immaterial beauty On the realist novel side, I loved its portrayal of the tiny island, or peninsula, of Portland, off the Dorset coast the ancestral home both of Jocelyn and the various Avices, and home also to the famous Portland stone, of which half the great monuments in London are built.Hardy portrays the tiny, fragile, vanishing island culture of Portland brilliantly, setting it off against the world of London drawing rooms through which Jocelyn disaffectedly drifts He yokes these worlds powerfully together through the detail of Jocelyn s profession as a sculptor, linking him on the one hand to matter the stone that his father and grandfather quarried on Portland and on the other to form the vapid, ideal, sculptural images of beauty with which Jocelyn delights the polite London world I thought of Michelangelo at points, reading this novel both for his sculptural pursuit of beauty and for his grotesque or tragicomedic real life obsession with beautiful individuals, of which we catch glimpses in his poetry Given Michelangelo s well known incapacity, or unwillingness, to finish artistic works, it is poignant that Hardy found it so difficult to find closure with this novel Apart from the 1897 revision quite major and structural he revised it again in 1903 and 1912.Aobvious parallel with The Well Beloved is Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was published the year before the serial version of Hardy s novel, in 1891 A feature of Jocelyn s characterization that Hardy emphasizes is his unnatural youthfulness of appearance, well into middle age, reflecting his moral and emotional arrested development The themes of the two novels are very close in some ways, although their plots have a very different arc A final comparison I noticed that one reviewer on this site mentions the thematic echoes of The Well Beloved in Christopher Nicholson s Winter, a fine biographical novel on Hardy s late life I was struck by that as well Nicholson is clearly in dialogue with The Well Beloved in ways that I hadn t realized when I read Winter a few years ago


  2. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    This was a bizarre little novel, following a sculptor on a lusty lifetime pursuit for his well beloved This term describes, in essence, his ideal female partner and he, over the years, finds such a figure in three generations of women.The subject matter made me feel a little queasy to read about, as it never seemed challenged in any way I understand the age of this book is largely the cause of this, but a modern day reader will find much to negate in this pages, despite the protagonist enjoy This was a bizarre little novel, following a sculptor on a lusty lifetime pursuit for his well beloved This term describes, in essence, his ideal female partner and he, over the years, finds such a figure in three generations of women.The subject matter made me feel a little queasy to read about, as it never seemed challenged in any way I understand the age of this book is largely the cause of this, but a modern day reader will find much to negate in this pages, despite the protagonist enjoying nothingthan the idolisation of these women.Once the somewhat distasteful topic is overlooked and the story taken for what it is, it is actually an enjoyable one The years flew quickly yet the novel never felt rushed Hardy immerses the reader into the protagonist s head, which is a little initially disconcerting given his tendencies, but ultimately leads to a small measure of understanding as the novel winds down to a satisfying conclusion.I have started my journey with Hardy at the end of his life s work, but the writing exhibited here has me eager to retreat into other of his infamous, earlier publications


  3. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    OKCUPID BYLINE Pretentious sculptor seeks a pretty island wench, her daughter, and her granddaughter, to idolise pointlessly for over forty years with a view to never touching or kissing ever No smokers or catfishers Brunettes preferred.


  4. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    As a means of justifying his transient lusts, 20 year old sculptor Jocelyn Pierston has invented a metaphor that of the Well Beloved The Well Beloved never takes permanent home in a single individual woman First she is here in the buxom laundress, next she is there in the world traveling heiress, and so on The book is broken into 3 sections In the first, predictably, when Pierston is in his twenties, the Well Beloved is most fleeting Tripping from one lust worthy female to the next, then As a means of justifying his transient lusts, 20 year old sculptor Jocelyn Pierston has invented a metaphor that of the Well Beloved The Well Beloved never takes permanent home in a single individual woman First she is here in the buxom laundress, next she is there in the world traveling heiress, and so on The book is broken into 3 sections In the first, predictably, when Pierston is in his twenties, the Well Beloved is most fleeting Tripping from one lust worthy female to the next, then she is gone for weeks, perhaps months Pierston is not a rake, mind you He does not ruin women, as casual sex was said to have done to women in those days In fact, to my reckoning, in the entire 60 year span of the narrative he gets laid once The reason the metaphor is useful to him is because he is an artist who seeks to capture the Well Beloved in his work This is his passion, you see Beauty I don t believe I have ever come across such a well written tribute to fickle, lustful solipsism in my life As Pierston ages, in the two succeeding sections where he is 40 and 60 respectively he becomes especially fixed on a single family, the Caros, in whose three succeeding generations of lookalike daughters he finds his Well Beloved embodied Especially fascinating to me for all the wrong reasons was the sixty year old Pierston s attempt to marry a woman 40 years his junior Yes, she is the final incarnation of his goddess Here is the paradox though the book holds you, it s prose narrative carries you along skillfully, while the protagonist grows increasingly creepy and isolated


  5. Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I loved this book It gives a completely different approach to love than I ve ever read or imagined not that you love a person, but the spirit of your well beloved will take their shape It may stay in that form, or for jocelyn, it continually leaves one physical form and inhabits another constantly Definitely an interesting concept I find Thomas Hardy a bit hard to read, but he has the most amazing stories It s definitely worth the read.


  6. Amy Amy says:

    After watching


  7. Katie Lumsden Katie Lumsden says:

    Rather a weird Hardy I loved the setting and the language, as always, was great, but the protagonist was quite unlikable and distinctly creepy, and there was only so long I could suspend my disbelief.


  8. Ali Ali says:

    The Well Beloved was Hardy s last novel serialised in 1892, and published in novel form in 1897 Following the furore that surrounded the publication of Jude the obscure in 1895, Hardy turned his back on novel writing, and devoted himself to his poetry for the remaining thirty years of his life The Well Beloved is a work that Hardy himself revised several times, in 1897 for the novel s publication, and again in 1903 and 1912 The edition I read uses Hardy s revised 1912 text Coincidently I r The Well Beloved was Hardy s last novel serialised in 1892, and published in novel form in 1897 Following the furore that surrounded the publication of Jude the obscure in 1895, Hardy turned his back on novel writing, and devoted himself to his poetry for the remaining thirty years of his life The Well Beloved is a work that Hardy himself revised several times, in 1897 for the novel s publication, and again in 1903 and 1912 The edition I read uses Hardy s revised 1912 text Coincidently I recently read a novel called Winter about Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence at the very end of Hardy s life Exploring the idea that his character Tess, was Hardy s own ideal his Well Beloved, a character based upon a young milkmaid whose daughter was to later play the part of Tess in a stage production Winter was therefore great preparation for re reading this novel A novel often categorised as being one of Hardy s Romance and Fantasies The themes that Hardy explores in this novel are not unfamiliar ones for Hardy readers conventional marriage, the search for an ideal and the effects of the passage of time The Well Beloved of the title is an ideal, a spirit which the central character Jocelyn Pierston, believes comes to temporarily inhabit the physical form of subsequent women and girls Structurally the novel is divided into three sections, charting Jocelyn s romantic life at twenty, at forty and finally at sixty, the three stages of his romantic education with three generations of women The story of a transient spirit transferring itself from woman to woman is of course is the story that Jocelyn Pierston tells himself and his artist friend Somers in order to excuse what is obviously his own flighty, inconsistent behaviour She came nine times in the course of the two or three ensuing years Four times she masqueraded as a brunette, twice as a pale haired creature, and two or three times under a complexion neither light nor dark Sometimes she was a tall, fine girl, butoften, I think, she preferred to slip into the skin of a lithe airy being, of no great stature I grew so accustomed to these exits and entrances that I resigned myself to them quite passively, talked to her, kissed her, corresponded with her, ached for her, in each of her several guises Jocelyn is a sculptor from a small island community, in fact a peninsular described by Hardy as the Gibraltar of Wessex where a few families exist mainly by working in the stone quarrying industry, marrying and intermarrying for generations The community have their own traditions surrounding betrothal which involves couples sneaking off together to fully consummate their relationship thus making marriage necessary Jocelyn has moved away from his island home, making his life mainly in London, he comes back from time to time to visit When he is twenty Jocelyn s ideal of the Well Beloved inhabits the form of Avice Caro a girl he has known since childhood Having asked Avice to marry him, the couple decide not to go through the form of traditional betrothal Jocelyn later abandons Avice to run off with another woman, the daughter of his father s greatest business rival, in whom he again sees the spirit of The Well Beloved In later years Jocelyn finds his Well Beloved in other places and in other women, it becomes afleeting ideal with the passage of time At forty Jocelyn returns to his Wessex home briefly, where he meets Avice Caro s daughter Ann Avice and in her immediately sees the Well Beloved again In his sixties it is her daughter, Avice the third to whom he becomes briefly engaged With the passage of time Jocelyn comes to believe that the original Avice was the woman he least appreciated the hereditary link between these three women seem in part at least, what draws Jocelyn toward them These three stages of Pierston s romantic education concludes with Jocelyn changing his attitude somewhat in the search for his ideal contenting himself with affection and companionship with one single woman The premise of this novel is an odd one I suppose, and yet Hardy makes it work, allowing him as it does to explores those old familiar themes This was my third reading of The Well Beloved a likeable enough Hardy novel although not a favourite of mine I do think it offers us an interesting perspective on Hardy s own attitudes to love, marriage and the pursuit of the ideal


  9. Mel Mel says:

    Intellectually I realised I probably shouldn t like this book as much as I did but I really enjoyed it While the main character was a little silly I thought his idea of the beloved was interesting I liked it on a spooky level, the idea that women were being possessed by the one he loved who kept moving It had a touch of a ghost story The fact that he was in love with something so ephemeral, and yet in reality became so obsessed with one woman he rejected that he became so infatuated with her Intellectually I realised I probably shouldn t like this book as much as I did but I really enjoyed it While the main character was a little silly I thought his idea of the beloved was interesting I liked it on a spooky level, the idea that women were being possessed by the one he loved who kept moving It had a touch of a ghost story The fact that he was in love with something so ephemeral, and yet in reality became so obsessed with one woman he rejected that he became so infatuated with her daughter and her granddaughter was delightfully ironic Of all the three Avice s I think I liked the 2nd one best She was not the best educated, but when she came out of her mother s shadow she seemed to have by far the most spirit Answering back, doing what she wanted, and of course chasing her own beloved I thought it telling that the narrator didn t use her real name but also referred to her as Avice I also liked the brief portraits of the minor characters that came in from time to time Of course the fact that one man tried to get it on with mother daughter and grand daughter is terribly creepy when you think about it The fact that he failed every time made it amusing rather than sinister I ve been thinking a lot about growing up and growing old lately and I think this book did a wonderful job of examining this theme, almostthan it did looking at love, infatuation and obsession I also found that Hardy s style was by far the most beautiful of any of his books I ve read so far It was stunningly visual and personal Definitely recommended


  10. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I read the first 30 pages Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor whose fame is growing in London, returns to the Isle of Slingers Hardy gave all his English locales made up names for a visit and runs into Avice Caro, a childhood friend On a whim, he asks her to marry him Before long, though, following a steamy for Victorian literature, anyway scene under an upturned boat during a storm, he transfers his affections to Miss Bencomb, the daughter of his father s rival stone merchant The fickle youn I read the first 30 pages Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor whose fame is growing in London, returns to the Isle of Slingers Hardy gave all his English locales made up names for a visit and runs into Avice Caro, a childhood friend On a whim, he asks her to marry him Before long, though, following a steamy for Victorian literature, anyway scene under an upturned boat during a storm, he transfers his affections to Miss Bencomb, the daughter of his father s rival stone merchant The fickle young man soon issues a second marriage proposal Thirty pages was enough for me


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The Well-Beloved[PDF / Epub] ✎ The Well-Beloved ☂ Thomas Hardy – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Set on the Isle of Slingers, this novel follows the exploits of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor who falls in love successively with three generations of island women, seeking female perfection, just as h Set on the Isle of Slingers, this novel follows the exploits of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor who falls in love successively with three generations of island women, seeking female perfection, just as he strives to realise the ideal woman in stone.


About the Author: Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances Hardy s poetry, first published in his s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the s and s The termcliffhangeris considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy s serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years This became the archetypal and literal cliff hanger of Victorian prose Excerpted from Wikipedia.